By MIKE SMITH
On Oct. 4, the Eastchester soccer team fell at home, bowing to the Blind Brook Trojans 4-1. Despite the lopsided loss, Eagles’ head coach Alfio Carrabotta has seen plenty of promise in his team’s play thus far, and views the defeat as a speed-bump as his squad looks to get back on track against league competition this week.
At 7-5 on the season, Carrobotta has been pleased with the play of his squad, noting that the team has far outpaced its 2012 performance. That said, Carrabotta believes that there is much room for improvement on the Eagles’ part.
“Honestly, I thought we’d be doing a little better,” said the head coach. “But we know our limitations and we’ve been taking it one game at a time.”
Players like Austin Capas-so and Fulvio Salza have led the way for Eastchester so far, with Salza—one of the team’s captains—making some big plays that have helped the Eagles edge league competitors such as Pelham. In that 2-1 win over the Pelicans, on Oct. 3, sophomore keeper Joseph Blasetti made 11 stops.
“Capasso has been solid individually, and Salza has made solid contributions,” said the head coach. “Especially in the games we have won, we have had guys make plays.”
Mostly accustomed to playing on field turf, the Eagles have had to play a number of games on the grass pitch at Eastchester High School this fall due to the shutdown of the turf field that sits inside the high school track.
“We’ve had to make some adjustments in the way we play, but sometimes, depending on who we play, the grass has helped us,” Carrabotta said. “We’ve played a couple of games at Haindl Field as well, so it hasn’t been that
Eastchester was slated to play Edgemont on Oct. 7 but the game was postponed due to weather. The Eagles will resume play on Oct. 11 when they host league foe Bronxville. The strong Broncos club is reeling after the loss of steady keeper Jack Connors, who will be sidelined for the rest of the season after he fractured his elbow. However, his replacement, Joe Pepe, has filled in admirably, holding Eastchester scoreless in a Sept. 27 matchup.
“We just need to have that work ethic,” said Carrabotta. “We know what we have in terms of technical ability, there just needs to be a joint team effort. We just need to leave everything out there on the table.”