Beacon pulls the upset, ends Yorktown’s undefeated run in Class A regional


YORKTOWN HEIGHTS – Despite the underdog status, there was a measure of real optimism when Beacon got off the bus.

And it grew exponentially with each passing moment.

Jack Philipbar scored in the opening minute to spark the Bulldogs, whose unrelenting determination resulted in a surprise 2-0 victory over previously unbeaten Yorktown on Saturday in a NYSPHSAA Class A regional final.

“This is pretty far for us,” Beacon midfielder Brody Timm said. “We probably didn’t think we’d get this far, but now it’s happening. Now we’ve got to be state champs.”

The Bulldogs won the first sectional title in program history last fall.

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The Bulldogs won the first sectional title in program history last fall.

“We didn’t expect this, not at all,” Beacon goalie Matt Sandison said. “We came in thinking it was going to be a really hard game. We scored in the first minute and kept playing the way we wanted the entire game and got a lucky goal at the end. Now we’re the regional champions.”

The Huskers had no issues gaining possession. Dealing with constant stops and starts was an issue and they had problems getting organized when they countered.

“We chased. We continued to play,” Yorktown coach Zoran Milojevic said. “We tried to adjust every way possible we could and we just didn’t put it in. And then we missed the penalty.”

Yep, that stung.

The Huskers earned a penalty kick in the opening minutes of the second half and were about to steal momentum, but Sandison kicked the ball away while diving left.

“I waited a little so I wouldn’t give myself away, then I saw he was going to the middle halfway through my dive and swung the other way and got a foot on it,” he said. “I did not see the ball at all. I just kind of kicked and hoped for the best.”

Player of the game

Sandison had to make a couple of timely stops to lock down the win and he was right there when called upon.

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By the numbers

Beacon (13-3-2): Sandison delivered eight saves in all. … The second also benefitted from an own goal with six minutes to play when a Yorktown defender played a ball back into a vacated net.

Yorktown (20-1): J.P. Frucco made three saves. … The Huskers will graduate 16 seniors.

They said it

“We had to move guys around in the first half to get them in the right space to match up with Yorktown,” Beacon coach Craig Seaman said. “We changed again in the second half and I thought we kept Yorktown from getting organized.”

“Last year, we thought we had our best team ever,” Sandison said. “Turns out we’ve gone farther than any team in program history.”

“The early goal lifted our spirits and got us pushing a little harder,” Timm said. “The energy went up a lot.”

Up next

Beacon plays Christian Brothers (Section 3) in a NYSPHSAA semifinal at 12:30 p.m. next Saturday at Monroe-Woodbury High School.

Mike Dougherty covers boys soccer for The Journal News and lohud.com. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or via Twitter @hoopsmbd.

This article originally appeared on Rockland/Westchester Journal News: Boys soccer: Beacon tops Yorktown in Class A regional final



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