Boys Soccer: Green socks for fallen Naples Coach

Bill Loveland
Gary Schenk

The Mustangs wore green socks as part of their uniform Friday night, Oct. 7  to commemorate the life of Naples Big Green Coach Gary Schenk, who suffered a heart attack at practice the day before.

Schenk coached Naples soccer for the final 43 of his 66 years, and was only 10 wins away from the national record of most wins by a high school soccer coach. Schenk was the elder statesman of Section V soccer. Penn Yan will wear the green socks for the remainder of the year.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to their team” said Penn Yan coach Jon MacKerchar.

Penn Yan 2   Midlakes 1

Penn Yan senior captain Chris Weeden scored both goals to lead the Mustangs past the Midlakes Screaming Eagles with a 2-1 victory on Oct. 5.

Weeden’s goals came in the 33rd and 42nd minutes of play, with junior Eric Johnson earning the assist on the latter goal. Screaming Eagles senior midfielder Nick VanderWeide scored seven minutes into play in a scrum in front of the net.

Mustang junior goalkeeper David Travis recorded six saves on the night, while Midlakes’ backup goalkeeper Emanuel Savellano filled in for injured starter Anthony Stephens. Savellano had 10 saves for the Screaming Eagles.

Penn Yan coach Jon Mackerchar said, “Although we got behind on an early goal, we kept our composure and battled back against a very feisty Screaming Eagles squad.”

Mynderse 2  Penn Yan 1

Penn Yan fell in overtime to the Mynderse Blue Devils by a score of 2-1 in a Finger Lakes East divisional matchup on Oct. 3.

Mynderse junior Sean Anderson scored off a Josh Cracknell pass with 8:36 remaining in the second half to give Mynderse a 1-0 edge. With 2:17 remaining, Penn Yan junior Eric Johnson converted sophomore Geoff Rouin’s pass into a goal to deadlock the game at 1-1. Obscenities were issued from Mynderse players’ mouth towards the referees following Johnson’s goal, which earned the Blue Devils’ junior goalkeeper Stephan McCann a yellow card.

Mynderse’s antics didn’t end there. At the end of regulation,  a Mynderse senior approached the Penn Yan bench and challenged a Mustang to fight him. The Seneca Falls player then decided to remove himself from the situation and join his teammates at his bench.

With 3:25 remaining in the first overtime, Mynderse’s senior captain Andrew Lucchesi scored, with an assist by Sean Anderson.

Penn Yan goalkeeper David Travis recorded 10 saves on the night. McCann made one save on two chances.

“It was an emotional game” said Penn Yan coach Jon Mackerchar. “We did a good job keeping our cool, and I’m very happy with our behavior. We’re always a class act. It’s unfortunate we didn’t win the game, but we won the game regarding respect.”

Penn Yan falls to 6-4-2. Mynderse rises to 7-1-2 overall.