MAHOPAC – Neither rain nor sleet nor snow managed to stay Yorktown from the swift completion of its appointed rounds.
Only the weather is making things interesting right now.
Michael Dedvukaj poured in seven goals on Tuesday, leading the Huskers to an 18-4 win over Mahopac. It was the same old story line. The defending state champs have won three games this season by a 51-18 margin.
Yorktown’s winning streak against Section 1 opponents is up to 45 games.
“Playing in the snow is different,” Dedvukaj said. “I’ve never played in this before so, it was great. Traction was definitely difficult. You’ve got sleet all over the ground, beads from the turf are sticking in your cleats. We got through it and got the win, and that’s all that matters.”
With the exception of a bad start over the weekend at John Jay, the Huskers have been on task.
“Obviously, we have a lot of potential,” Yorktown coach Dave Marr said. “It was nice to see them play hard the whole game. I thought we were unselfish and the defense was strong, but it’s still only three games in.”
The first big test comes April 11 when Long Island power Ward Melville visits Charlie Murphy Field.
Dedvukaj opened the floodgates and Logan Peters gave the Huskers a 2-0 just two minutes in. The Indians (0-2) were aggressive, but a lack of communication early on proved costly. Yorktown was up 4-0 by the end of the first quarter. Dedvukaj and Ryan Baker got the goals.
The midfielders are becoming a force most opponents cannot match up with.
Dedvukaj, Baker and Nick Del Bene are diverse in how they score, and they know each other backward and forward. The offense rarely stalls when they are clicking. Baker added three goals and two assists, giving the group a combined 11 goals and four assists.
The brand new attack is not feeling any pressure.
“It’s definitely helped,” Dedvukaj said. “Me, Ryan and Nicky, we grew up playing together, since fourth grade. We always know what the other guy is doing and the chemistry is great.”
Up front, Justin Cavallo scored three goals and Peters had two.
“It’s nice to see them moving the ball, scoring goals and feeling comfortable in there,” Marr said.
Dan Foley got the first Mahopac goal, scoring in transition with 5:26 to go in the half, but the Huskers responded in a hurry and were sitting on a comfortable 9-1 cushion at the break. There was no easing up in the second half.
“We get after each other,” Yorktown defender Dan Del Bene said. “We work as hard as possible. Every game is a chance to take another step forward, and we just look to keep this going no matter who we’re playing against.”