Panthers boys honor seniors, fall to Raiders
HOOSICK, N.Y. — The 2019 season for the Hoosick Falls boys soccer team has been a tough one, with a bunch of underclassmen getting a crash course playing at the varsity level.
But Monday night was about the seniors as Hoosick honored them before the game — Evan Webster, Nick Houghton, Corey Whitman and Zach Cahill.
On the field, the Panthers dropped a 9-1 decision to Mechanicville at Ken Baker Field.
"The seniors have been very important to this team," said Hoosick Falls coach Tim Ossont. "This is Nick's fifth year on varsity, Evan's fourth, Zack's third. All of them have been with me for a while. It'll be a hard loss when they leave, but they helped grow the team."
The first 20 minutes were back-and-forth, with the Panther defense coming up big to make an early stop after a Mechanicville corner.
Mechanicville broke through with 21:05 left in the first half, when senior captain Zach Rapacciuolo went wide around the defense and put it past Hoosick goalie Easton Cahill.
"For the first [20 minutes] of the first half, we kept them in check," Ossont said. "We let in the [first one], we had them frustrated, but then they got the one and started playing smarter with the ball. These guys played hard and I can't ask for more than that."
Hoosick continued to fight, trying to get through balls past the Raiders' back line, but they were foiled at each turn. With 13:36 left in the half, Mechanicville doubled the lead on a nice goal from Brant St. Gelais.
That opened the gates as Mechanicville scored the next five goals in 20 minutes of game time.
TJ Bisaillon scored off an assist from Andrew Kraszewski when Hoosick was unable to clear, then after the Panthers' first big chance was turned away, Bisaillon and Kraszewski hooked up for another score with eight minutes to go in the first half.
Kraszewski himself scored a pair of goals as Mechanicville continued to press in the beginning of the second half.
Hoosick avoided the shutout with 34 minutes left in the contest when Houghton floated a ball from about 35 yards away that went over Mechanicville goalie Zach White's head for a score.
Jake LaFountain and Jordan Nolin added scores in the final few minutes.
The Hoosick boys finish the year against Galway today at 4:15 p.m. The Panthers are 1-14, but better days are ahead.
"Having the younger guys playing on varsity, it's huge to know the competition at this level," Ossont said. "They are starting to understand they need to play in the offseason, that's where we'll improve going forward."
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