ELMSFORD, N.Y. Robert Segaloff, varsity soccer coach at Alexander Hamilton High School, said that the 2011 season was by far the best his team had ever done in his seven years of coaching, as the team made it to the playoffs, losing to Port Jefferson 1-2 in double overtime.
"We did excellent," said Segaloff, whose team finished the season with a 13-6-1 record. "In my coaching career, this is the best season we've had, by far. We've never had a 13-win season. We've always had quality players, but as a team, we never really worked well together. This year, we did."
The soccer team began the season with a 4-0 winning streak, and, three games later, only had one loss with a record of 6-1. Before their final loss to Port Jefferson, they went on another 4-0 tear, defeating Croton-Harmon (2-0), Tuckahoe (2-0), Solomon Schechter (1-0) and SS Seward (2-0).
Nevertheless, even with their unprecedented performance, the team felt like it should have done better in the final game against Port Jefferson. Alexander Hamilton had possession of the ball more than their opponents, and they also had more attempted goal shots.
"The loss was heartbreaking," said Segaloff. "The students were miserable. You could see the tears in their eyes and the frustration. They said, 'We could have been state champions.' I said, 'Yeah, we could have.' That's why it was frustrating."
Segaloff anticipates a fruitful season in the fall of 2012, even though he is losing five of his 27 team members and starters. With the bulk of the team returning, Segaloff said that he is confident that some of the younger players will step up an lead the team to victories.
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