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Practice Stop: White Plains

Monday, August 19th, 2013
Coach Marcel Galligani (grey shirt) and Midfielder Derlis Zayas (no shirt) discussing strategies for the upcoming season.

Coach Marcel Galligani (grey shirt) and Midfielder Derlis Zayas (no shirt) discussing strategies for the upcoming season.

There aren’t many teams in the section who have fans watching its tryouts on the first day of practice. But in the case of boys’ soccer powerhouse White Plains, there were a few on hand to witness what Coach Marcel Galligani has in store.

Every season, Galligani and the Tigers try to build on their reputation with a section title. Unfortunately last fall, the post-season was an unpleasant experience.

Their season ended after a disappointing first round loss against then No. 19 seed Carmel. During the regular season, the team went undefeated against all section opponents and was seeded third in the playoffs. But when it was said and done, neither the record nor the seed meant anything.

“I think we have a nice core group that will be returning and has learned from that experience,” Galligani said. “Winning all the games we did and getting a good seed just to lose was a tough pill to swallow, but I think we have some resilient kids who will bounce back nicely.”

With eight returning starters on the field, including senior standout midfielder Derlis Zayas, it would be insane exclude the Tigers from any section title discussions. If the Tigers pull it off, it is almost guaranteed Zayas will have something to do with it.

“He’s instrumental in everything we do,” Galligani said about his senior captain. “He’s a good vocal leader who keeps himself fit by playing soccer all year round.”

Only worry for them thus far is figuring out who will replace last year’s gifted goalkeeper Alejandro Romero. Once their goalie problem is solve, the Tigers will be focused for a title run.

“Every year we come into the first day of practice expecting a good year,” Zayas said. “I want to win championships. That is what we are here for.”

Practice stop: Mahopac Indians

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Practice stop coverage provided by: Sharieka Breeden 

Coach Jim Gencarelli spent four years as the junior varsity coach for Mahopac. Now he is stepping up as the head coach for the Indians who were 12-3-1 last season.

“We graduated six players. I am familiar with these guys and they are familiar with me,” Gencarelli said. “There a few good players that I am looking at to step up and rise to the occasion.”

This upcoming season Gencarelli’s plans to keep the team focused as they work to repeat last season’s success.

“I think we are looking good and I am excited to start,” Gencarelli said. ” We are going to try to take it one game at a time. Kids can get ahead of their selves looking at the schedule. We want to make it back to sectionals.”

  •  Key loss- Joseph Iraola who finished his senior season with 19 goals and five assists. Iraola is playing at American International college now.
  •  Key returners: Jared Milian (senior center midfielder), Conor Butler (senior center midfielder) Mike Bernardi (junior goalie).
  •  The indians will count on Jesse Lichtman (senior, defense, Ray Arcieri (junior, defense), Mike Bernardi and Matt Fariselli (senior midfielder)  to help lead the team with strong defensive play.
  • After an overtime loss to North Rockland last season in a Section 1 Class AA semifinal the team’s focus will be to complete the season with another tournament appearance.
  • Preseason Preparation: The Indians spent their summer playing in the Lakeland summer league where they competed against Byram Hills in the championship.
  • New league competition: With powerhouses Arlington and John Jay EF, Mahopac looks forward to rising to the occasion during the regular season. Coach Gencarelli said facing Arlington will be a good determiner of where the team stands.
  • Season opener: Mahopac will kick the season off against Brewster on  September 10th.
  • Soccer team takes a break after a morning of drills.

    Soccer team takes a break after a morning of drills.