Off and running
Continued from page 1 Spartans scoreless. “Amity was an extremely aggressive team. They had been pressing all over us,” Altman said. “We have our set plays that we like to run. But we told out plays to throw all of those out the window and told them to make this personal, to go one-on-one” “We adjusted,” he added. “We began doing a lot of draw-and-bump, in which our kid runs past his defender, draws another defender who comes over to help, and then our kid passes to the teammate whose defender has just left him.” The Indians scored the first goal in the fourth quarter to expand their lead to 6-3 and then hung on as Amity scored a couple of late goals to close out a hard-fought 6-5 North Haven win. “I’m really proud of the kids,” Altman said. “They did all the little things we asked them to do. They responded very well to coaching. It was a tremendous team effort.” “Our defense did a great job,” he added. “And ball possession was critical. In a onegoal game, it only takes one play to make a difference.” With six games remaining, the win improved the Indians’ record to 6-4 overall and moved them to within one win of qualifying for the State’s Class L Championship, which begins later in May. Kevin Pataky is a professional photographer and longtime North Haven Citizen contributor. His photography can be found at KevinPataky.com Citizen photos by Kevin Pataky / KevinPataky.com
Submitted by Chris Kirby
Members of the North Haven Soccer Club U8 teams playing on opening weekend. For more information about the NHSC, please visit NorthHavenSoccerClub.org
Top to bottom: Junior Quincy Pecora tries to score. Senior Alex Longobardi tries to outmaneuver his defender. Junior John DeMarco fights with Amity’s Senior Captain Tyler Vallie for the ball. Senior defenseman Mark Zurlis carries the ball out of his own end.
The North Haven Citizen Friday, May 4, 2012