Last Saturday's Section II, Class A boys soccer quarterfinal between No. 7 Mohonasen and No. 2 Scotia-Glenville had all the elements for a classic game: high drama, bad weather and a back story involving the two coaches.
Oh, and a storybook ending featuring the lone sophomore on a senior-laden team.
Sophomore Gianluca Puorto's grounder skipped past goaltender Scott DeBiase on the rain-soaked turf and tucked inside the left post to give Mohonasen a 2-1 overtime victory over Scotia-Glenville in Scotia.
I just thought I'd take a shot and see what happened, said Puorto.
What happened was Puorto's shot made its way through traffic with a possible deflection off Trey Jasenski's leg, and before DeBiase could reach it, the ball was in the back corner of the net and Mohonasen (11-8-1) was mobbing Puorto in front of the Mighty Warriors fans.
"In sloppy, windy conditions, if you put a shot on goal, good things can happen," said Mohonasen coach Josh Gregg. "And in the Scotia goaltender's defense, I think there were eight or nine defenders in the (penalty) box. I'm not sure he even saw it."
"I asked Scott if he saw it the whole way, and he said he did," said Scotia-Glenville coach Chris Bailey. "He read the first shot correctly, and then the deflection threw him."
The game started with a bang when Scotia-Glenville's Elliott Gordon scored less than one minute into the first half. Gordon stole the ball off a slow back pass from a Mohonasen defender to goaltender Joshua Gray and kicked it into the empty net.
"I think it was a case where we were caught sleeping and the Scotia guy kept going," said Gregg.
The play exemplified the style of play Scotia-Glenville (11-5-0) employed against Mohonasen. The Tartans tried to catch the Mighty Warriors off guard with long passes that Gordon or Nate Crow could catch up to, and it nearly worked on several occasions. But, Gordon's goal was the only time that the strategy paid off.