WEEK 8 REVIEW
HBC Holland started week seven with a win in the U6 division as they scored six past the Cougars. Delilah Sember added four more goals to her total with Logan Zipper and Austin Scherner scoring once each in the 6-0 win. The Cougars recovered well and took the lead against the Arrows when Jordy Castillo scored. Alex Ruddy tied it up for the Arrows before half time but Jordy Castillo was on target again late in the game to give the Cougars a 2-1 win, their fist of the season.
Syosset Madrid finished the regular season with another two victories to finish with a perfect record. Nikko Tenedero scored twice against HBC Holland in their 4-0 win, Blake Donahue and Jack Pendrick with the other goals. Nikko also had two in the 3-0 win over the HBC Hurircanes, Jack Pendrick scored the third.
The Red Lions made it a bad day for the Arrows as they won 2-1 thanks to two goals by top scorer Luca Mazzilli, Anthony Sangianni on target for the Arrows. Brandon Varlack scored twice for the Lions against Kings Park but they were convincingly beaten 7-2 with Alex Squillacioti scoring five times.
Dix Hills had two good victories beating HBC Hurricanes 3-1 then Kings Park Xplosion 4-1. Andi Rollo scored twice against the Hurricanes and the Xplosion, Ashley Gleit also had two against Kings Park. Dix Hills Move up to sixth place level on points with the Red Lions, the Lions are fifth because of a better head to head record.
Friday’s play offs bring together Syosset Madrid and the HBC Hurricanes then Kings Park and HBC Holland with the winners of each game playing in the final.
Blue Dragons v SFA Lightning
The BU7 play offs proved to be exciting with SFA Lightning involved in two very close games. The first game saw the Blue Dragons play SFA and a close first half ended scoreless. Dean Muratore gave the Dragons the lead early in the second half but Jared Martin leveled for SFA minutes later. Both teams had chances to win it before Nino Sachino scored for SFA who then held on for the 2-1 victory.
HBC Milan v Red Eagles
The second semi final saw the Red Eagles play HBC Milan. Milan struck first through Luke Copland who then doubled the lead with a penalty kick after a foul in the box. Tyler Varlack pulled a goal back for the Red Eagles before half time to make it a one goal game at the break. The Eagles went in search of an equalizer but midway through the second half Justin Gennat extended the lead making it 3-1. Ben Stummer made it 4-1 shortly after and Milan moved into the final.
3rd Place play off. Blue Dragons v Red Eagles
The Blue Dragons and the Red Eagles battled it out for third place with Michael Elmo scoring the only goal of the first half to give the Dragons a one goal lead. The Eagles couldn’t tie it up and two Gavin Wisotsky goals and one by Tyler Korman made the final score 4-0 to the Dragons who claimed the third place medals.
Final. SFA Lightning v HBC Milan
The Final was a very competitive game right from the off with both teams intent on winning the ball at every opportunity. A tight first half of very few chances ended 0-0. The second half was a little more open and both keepers had to make saves to keep the score tied. The first goal was goal was always going to be crucial and with both teams defending well it was proving hard to get the breakthrough. It looked to be heading to sudden death overtime but with only fifteen seconds left to play Liam Harrington’s free kick found its way across the penalty box and into the corner giving Milan a dramatic late victory. It was a tough way to lose for SFA but was an exciting finish to an excellent U7 season.
S. Huntington Thunder v HY Cavaliers
Earlier in the consolation games South Huntington Thunder did the double over the HY Cavaliers beating them 2-0 then 5-0. Ashley Kozlowski was the Thunders top scorer on the day with three, Hayden Rochler scored two.
Congrats to all teams for a fun and competitive season. To Milan for their play off victory and to Gavin Wisotsky, who’s seventeen goals won him the Golden Boot trophy, well done Gavin!
The boys U8 division was the only division not to have play offs with the five teams playing a 16 game league season. Farmingdale Madrid finished the season in style, already having wrapped up a first place finish, they won their final two games against HBC City and the NY Strikers. A 3-0 win over City was followed by a 5-0 win over the Strikers, Brandon Bastien top scored on the day with three goals, Jack Scanlon and Anthony Laughlin each had two. Tyler Solis added one to his total to give him a final tally of twenty three which won him the Golden Boot trophy.
Runner up, HBC Arsenal, also ended the season with two victories beating HBC City and the Annoying Oranges. Geral Cortez scored a first half hat trick for Arsenal who went on to win 5-2 against City. Steven Silipo scored both goals for City, Sean Kozodoy and Luke Copland had second half goals for Arsenal. Liam Harrington opened the scoring for Arsenal in their game against the Oranges but Andrew Pinzone evened it up before half time, 1-1 the score at the break. A tight second half was finally settled by a Luke Copland goal giving Arsenal the 2-1 victory. The final game of the U8 season saw the Oranges play the Strikers. Goals by Enzo Pupillo, James Login, Andrew Pinzone and Gavin Kata gave the Oranges a four goal lead before Arnold Aguilera pulled one back for the Strikers, 4-1 the final score.
Congrats to all the teams, to Madrid for an excellent season and to Tyler Solis on his Golden Boot win. Great job boys!
The BU10/11 division play offs provided plenty of excitement and drama with two of the four play off games going to sudden death overtime.
Kings Park Explosion v South Huntington Sharpshooters
The Explosion and the Sharpshooters got the play offs underway and it was end to end play from the first whistle to the last! Ethan Zdrojeski was in the right place to give the Explosion the lead in the first half and despite plenty of chances for both teams it proved to be the only goal of the half. The second half was equally as open with both teams again creating and missing half chances. The turning point came with less than two minutes to play as South Huntington thought they equalized only for Michael Kloos to make an excellent save on the line to preserve the lead for the Explosion. The Explosion then went down the other end and Connor McGovern headed in an excellent second goal to book a place in the final, 2-0 to the Explosion the final score.
Raiders v Rowdy Wasabis
The Raiders and the Wasabis were next up and the Raiders got off to an excellent start with an early strike from Danya Danzinger giving them a 1-0 lead. They had a couple of opportunities to extend the lead but the Wasabis grew in confidence and finished the half the stronger side without managing an equalizing goal. The second half was a frantic affair with the Wasabis throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the Raiders goal and their pressure finally paid off when Johny Koch forced the ball home to tie the game up. With both teams unable to find a winner the game went into sudden death overtime. The Raiders started confidently and within thirty seconds of the restart Owen Cassidy became the hero as his shot found the net to take the Raiders into the final. It was hard on the Wasabis who contributed so much to the game but it was another exciting finish.
3rd Place play off
Rowdy Wasabis v South Huntington Sharpshooters
Coming straight from a semi final defeat the Wasabis had to dust themselves down and get back to the task of winning the third place play off. It didn’t take them long to get into their stride and another entertaining game saw them come out on top 3-1. Andreas Seferian, Ethan Fransicovich and Johny Koch were on target for the Wasabis with Kevin Martin replying for the Sharpshooters, who, despite playing very well in both games ended up having to settle for a fourth place finish.
Raiders v Kings Park Explosion
It was fitting that the two teams who finished tied on twenty points at the top of the table should meet in the final game and both teams delivered the goods again in a memorable match. The Raiders’ Danya Danzinger repeated his semi final feat of scoring the opening goal when his drive from outside the area flew into the bottom corner after five minutes of play. It was an excellent strike and it forced the Explosion to go all out for the equalizing goal. Plenty of goalmouth action followed but it ended 1-0 in the Raiders favor at the break. The second half was fast and furious with both teams forcing the opposing keepers into action. With five minutes remaining Kings Park made the breakthrough when Matthew Nieto fired in the equalizer leaving both teams with minutes to win the game. The end to end action finished without a winning goal as we again went into overtime. The Explosion nearly won it within five seconds of the restart as a shot from distance was fumbled in the box by the Raiders keeper before he saved it on the line! With just less than two minutes played a shot by the Raiders came back off the wall and Owen Cassidy was there to half volley the rebound into the back of the net to win another dramatic game, 2-1. It was his second overtime winner of the day and also took him level at the top of the Golden Boot table with fellow team member Brian Contreras.
CSH Rapids v FC Favoritos
Earlier in the day the CSH Rapids and FC Favoritos played their double header and they too produced two close and competitive games. Favoritos took the first game 1-0 thanks to an Owen Husselbeck goal then the Rapids won the second game 3-2 to even things up. Brady Moore, Tyler Penetta and Liam Hassett scored for the Rapids with Cameron Fox and Michael Kleinman replying for the Favoritos.
Congratulations to all teams for making it an enjoyable season, to Kings Park Explosion for their part in such a great final game, to the Raiders for their victory and to Brian Contreras and Owen Cassidy for their Golden Boot win.
CSH Storm v South Huntington Unicorns
The first play off game saw the CSH Storm race into a two goal half time lead as Sibelle O’Donnell and Sam Reim found the net. The Unicorns improved in the second half but Emily Berlinghof killed their chances of a comeback with a third goal for the Storm. Sibelle O’Donnell then added her second and the Storm’s fourth before Bianca Skelton pulled on back for the Unicorns. The Storm claiming their place in the final with a 4-1 win.
Northport Surf v South Huntington Stars
The Surf and Stars played an excellent semi final with both teams determined to make the final. The Stars struck first when Joanna Canagianni’s shot gave them an early 1-0 lead. The Stars continued to press in search of a second but the Surf worked their way into the game and had chances to tie it up before half time but didn’t take them. It didn’t take long for the Surf to get back on level terms as Hope Staib scored from close range thirty seconds after the restart. Both teams squandered half chances to win the game and the match ended 1-1 meaning sudden death overtime. Another three minutes of end to end action was finally settled when Hope Staib became the Surf’s hero with her second goal taking them into the final.
3rd place play off
S. Hunt Stars v S. Hunt Unicorns
The two South Huntington teams played an even first half with both teams managing one goal each, Mariah Boyle gave the Stars the lead only for Bianca Skelton to tie it up 1-1. The Unicorns took control in the second half and another goal by Bianca Skelton, two by Jessica Boyle and one by Natalie Gonzalez gave them a 5-2 victory, Alysa Sorensen scored for the Stars.
CSH Storm v Northport Surf
The Storm started strongly again in the final and goals by Sam Reim and Emily Berlinghof gave them a two goal advantage over the Surf. Gabby Gregor pulled a goal back for the Surf but Emily Berlinghof scored again to give the Storm a two goal cushion. Both teams attacked and Riley Engleman made it 3-2 with well taken goal for the Surf. With time running out the Surf pushed forward in search of the goal that would take the game into overtime but they were frustrated by a well organized Storm defense that held on for the 3-2 victory. It was an exciting end to another competitive season.
FC Favoritas v Syosset Jazz
FC Favoritas finished on a high with two wins over the Syosset Jazz in the GU12 consolation games. Kirsten Roethel was on target twice for the Favoritas in the first game which they won 2-0. Summer Nolan gave the Favoritas the lead in the second game but Syosset hit back with goals by Lauren Gsweng and Melissa Schaffer to take a 2-1 lead. The Favoritas turned it around late in the game and Isabella Hubbard tied it up before Kirsten Roethel won it for them with a third goal, 3-2 the final score.
Congratulations to all the teams for a great season, to the CSH Storm on their championship winning game and to Emily Berlinghof (CSH Storm) and Bianca Skelton (Unicorns) who tied for the Golden Boot. Both Emily and Bianca scored nineteen goals, great job ladies!
South Huntington PSG v Jericho Revolution
South Huntington PSG and Jericho Revolution got the BU14 play offs going and played an enthralling semi final that had everyone on the edge of their seat. It was non stop action as both teams played some excellent soccer and went all out for the win. Both defenses stood firm and rode their luck a little as the half ended 0-0. The second half was no different with both keepers having to make important saves and players from each team missing half chances to take the lead. The game ended 0-0 and went into sudden death overtime. A nervous five minutes followed but again neither team could break the deadlock and it came down to three penalty kicks. With the Revolution missing their first penalty, Jayvin Coto gave PSG the advantage by scoring to make it 1-0. Zach Caspe then scored for the Revolution and PSG missed to leave it all square again. Todd Perlman put the pressure on by scoring Jericho’s third PK to make it 2-1 and when PSG missed their third it was all over. A bad way to go out for PSG but they played their part in an excellent semi final match.
CSH Comets v South Huntington Barca
The second semi final was another great game to watch with both teams competing 100% in every challenge. Barca took the lead in the first half when a long distance shot from Gabe Quesquen made its way into the corner of the net. David Alfaro made it 2-0 with a clinical strike but Matt Shooshstary soon got the Comets back in the game making it a 2-1 game at the break. The Comets put plenty of pressure on the Barca goal in the second half but it was Barca who extended their lead to 3-1 with a Jamie Bonilla goal. The Comets responded well again and Brendan Wirth made it 3-2 with a dipping shot from distance. The Comets pushed for the equalizing goal but time wasn’t on their side and Barca moved into the final with the 3-2 victory.
3rd place play off
South Huntington PSG v CSH Comets
The Comets had to make a quick return to action in the third place play off game and battled it out with PSG. The first half produced plenty of action and some good soccer but no goals. In the second half Jayvin Coto scored twice to give PSG a big advantage but Brendan Wirth was on target again for the Comets to make it another close finish. The Comets couldn’t find the goal to tie it and PSG held on for the 2-1 victory and a third place finish.
Jericho Revolution v South Huntington Barca
South Huntington Barca started well in the final and a low drive by David Alfaro gave them an early 1-0 lead. They could have extended their lead shortly afterwards but missed a golden opportunity when the ball was played across the Revolution goal but was missed by two Barca players. They were made to pay the price with two minutes remaining in the half when Todd Perlman tied it up for the Revolution then Blake Shaevitz turned the game around completely with a second making it 2-1 to Jericho at the break. It was a good time to score for Jericho and they never looked back adding five goals after the break. Peter Deplas glanced a header in, Todd Perlman added his second and Justin Snyder scored before Gabe Quesquen pulled one back for Barca. Zach Caspe scored two late goals to make the final score 7-2 as the Revolution finished BU12 champions.
Vortex v Northport
The Vortex and Northport, who stepped in for North Babylon, played two tight and competitive consolation games. The first game ended 0-0 and the second 1-1. Steven Perciballi was on target for the Vortex with Isaiah getting the goal for Northport.
Congrats to all teams for another exciting season, to Jericho Revolution for their victory and to Barca’s Gabe Quesquen who was the BU12 Golden Boot winner with seventeen goals!
Bay Shore Dynasty v HBC Hybrids
With the Bay Shore Falcons winning the five team division, the remaining four teams played for second place. The HBC Hybrids played the Bay Shore Dynasty with both teams playing some good soccer. The difference between the teams was Michael Bernardo who scored an excellent hat trick to take the Dynasty into the final game with a 3-0 victory.
CSH Renegades v HBC 95’s
The Renegades and the 95’s played the second semi final and another close match was decided by clinical finishing. The 95’s had their chances to take the lead but it was left to the Renegades’ Nick Tonks to record the first goal driving the ball into the corner after a rebound. Raul Alvaranga added a second after the break to make it 2-0 and that’s how it ended.
3rd place game
HBC 95’s v HBC Hybrids
An entertaining game saw Evert Coto and Justin Fuentes score two early goals to give the Hybrids the advantage. Jerry Tobar pulled a goal back for the 95’s but Eric Ghaly made it 3-1 to the Hybrids before half time. Jerry Tobar scored his second to make it 3-2 then Ryan Bauer drove a low shot into the corner to tie the game 3-3. After getting back into the game the 95’s let their guard down and a free kick was headed in expertly by the Hybrids’ Evert Coto to restore their lead 4-3. The 95’s pressed but couldn’t tie it up and the Hybrids held on for the victory.
CSH Renegades v Bay Shore Dynasty
The Renegades and the Dynasty battled it out in the final and as always nobody was holding back their tackles. The referee was made to work hard to keep the game under control as both teams showed how important this game was to them. The Renegades top scorer Raul Alvaranga got the first goal with a tidy finish after some good approach work. The Dynasty worked hard to get back into the game and created some half chances that they didn’t take. With five minutes remaining David Alvarado relieved some of the pressure on the Renegades by making it 2-0 but a late goal by Braulio Sandoval for the Dynasty made it a nail biting final two minutes. The Renegades defended well and hung on to win the game 2-1.
Congrats to everyone for making it another successful season. To the Bay Shore Falcons for their first place finish in the league, to CSH Renegades for their win in the play off final and to Raul Alvaranga for his Golden Boot win with 16 goals. It was certainly competitive but was also fun to watch!