WEST NYACK – Despite controlling possession and dominating in the scoring chances department for whole game, fourth-seeded Clarkstown South had a little concern when it went into overtime against 12th-seeded Mamaroneck in the Section 1, Class AA quarterfinals on Tuesday.
After all, one bad bounce or mistake could see the opposition suddenly take the lead.
For the Vikings, however, that situation did not play out.
Fiona Cummings scored early in the first overtime period to finally get Clarkstown South a much-deserved 1-0 lead.
“It was a big relief,” Cummings said of the goal. “It was frustrating the whole game; I had a lot of opportunities that I didn’t finish, but I finally finished in overtime, which is most important.”
Clarkstown South didn’t let up, and Mamaroneck, despite moving star defender Erin McClave up the field, was unable to generate a high-quality chance the rest of the way.
“It was a tough loss, but both teams overall played their hearts out,” Mamaroneck head coach Ron Blain said. “You’ve got to tip your hat off to (Clarkstown South). They played a tight game, they played as a unit and they didn’t give us too many chances.”
Clarkstown South moves on to the semifinals to a game at top-seeded John Jay-East Fishkill, which beat eighth-seeded Suffern 2-0 in its quarterfinal game.
Late in the game, key Clarkstown South defender Deanna Trongone suffered an injury and had to be carried off the field. After the game, her status for the semifinal game was not certain.
“We need to step up a lot,” Cummings said. “Deanna to a tough player, so we’ll need someone who can be as equally as tough as her.”
Player of the game: Fiona Cummings, Clarkstown South. The sophomore forward got the game’s lone goal and created several more chances before and after she scored.
Turning point: With 7:09 left in the first overtime, Clarkstown South won a corner. Abby Montera’s swinging entry found the head of Cummings, who made no mistake and powered the ball in to finally get the Vikings on board.
Quotable: “They have Erin McClave, who is a dynamite soccer player; you give her one chance and suddenly, the game changes,” Clarkstown South head coach Chris Kelly said. “We deserved the victory, but we could have made things a little easier on ourselves.”