Leading off today:
Archbishop Molloy senior forward Rosario Troia scored with under five minutes left in regulation to forge a 1-1 tie with St. Anthony's in a CHSAA boys soccer showdown
Troia cashed in a cross from Michael Perkins.
"I just saw a big pocket of space and attacked it" Troia told News 12 Varsity. "We just had to keep up the intensity. I knew a goal or a good opportunity would come."
The Stanners played from behind almost all afternoon after the Friars' Matt Barresi blasted home a free kick from about 35 yards out just five minutes into the contest and went the full first half without recording a shot on goal.
"We didn't play well enough in the first half," Molloy coach Andy Kostel said. "We didn't come into the game thinking we could compete with them. Once we figured out we could compete with them, we played well."
Molloy is 9-1-4 and St. Anthony's 9-0-3.
Long Island clash: Two of Long Island's five best large-school boys soccer teams faced off, with Brentwood and Commack settling for a 2-2 tie.
Brentwood, ranked third in Class AA by the New York State Sportswriters Association, got off to a roaring start on goals from Johnathan Mendoza-Yanes off a corner kick in the 14th minute and Juan Camillo Montanez in the 16th minute.
Thirteenth-ranked Commack sliced the deficit in half on Aidan Keenan's goal in the 24th minute and tied the contest with 17 minutes to go when junior midfielder Tyler Meotti cashed in a loose ball following Nick Mastroianni's corner kick.
"This was huge for us," Meotti said. "This gives us lots of momentum, and will help us close out our last three games."
Intersectional skirmishes: Byram Hills picked up a 2-0 win over Warwick in an intersectional and interclass boys soccer match.
Warwick, from Section 9, is ranked sixth in Class AA by the NYSSWA. Byram Hills, from Section 1 and ranked 21st in Class A, presented coach Matt Allen with his 250th career win.
In other Section 1 vs. 9 games involving ranked Class A squads, Mamaroneck edged No. 15 Cornwall 2-1 on a pair of Cole DiCicco goals, Lakeland played No. 10 Goshen to a 1-1 tie, and No. 24 Red Hook downed Valhalla 1-0.
Bronxville posted a 1-0 win over Spackenkill, rated ninth in Class B.
The full set of NYSSWA boys soccer rankings can be viewed here.
Following up: Yesterday's blog made mention of Tim Layden's look back at Whitehall's relationship between community and scholastic football in the form of a lengthy piece in Sports Illustrated. Even if you're not from the Capital Region it's worth a read because almost all of us are blessed with passionate small-school football nearby.
I'd made mention in the blog of a small factual glitch regarding the final NYSSWA football rankings in the 1973 season and was pleasantly surprised to hear from Layden just a few hours later to own up to the mistake. We can