There are few circumstances that rev up high school athletes like games under the lights. Meaningful games under the lights are even better. And meaningful games under the lights as the nightcap to a local holiday? It doesn’t get much more atmospheric than that around here.
The Red Hook Raiders boys soccer team made good in their game on Sept. 21, Hardscrabble Day, beating Marlboro’s Iron Dukes 4-1 in the second of a boy-girl varsity doubleheader.
It took a while for things to get popping. Marlboro was playing a high midfield defense and wasn’t letting any Red Hook scoring opportunities break through. Red Hook’s Zack Sivulich scored the team’s first goal on a breakaway in the 32nd minute. The Iron Dukes scored their only goal in the 34th minute of the first half, tying the game up 1-1 going into halftime.
Dennis Hare got things moving in the second half, floating in a high, long, and goalie-hypnotizing shot in the second minute of the half to put the Raiders up 2-1. A few minutes later, Kosei Iwamoto barely missed a sliding goal, but the Raiders made up for it in the 12th minute: after Red Hook missed a corner kick, the ball bounced around for a bit in Marlboro territory, before Nick D’Angelo smoked a weird, bouncing shot that found its way into the net, putting Red up 3-1.
Hare flushed the final goal of the game in the 70th minute, putting one in from the top of the box, just after Decker made a dramatic save in the 65th minute, punching out a high shot that would have been a goal for the Iron Dukes.
Red Hook improved to 2-3-1 on the season.
“We needed a good win, we needed a good scoring line, and we got them. We need to make sure that we can improve on them next week,” Red Hook head coach Steve Sutton told The Observer.