St. Elizabeth Thunder were hoping for two wins to complete a perfect regular season. Luca Crimi’s crisp strike was the only goal of the first half in their game against Chelsea. The second half was more open and Shay Daley equalized for Chelsea with a close range drive before Hunter Scimone gave the Thunder their second lead of the game. Enzo Pupillo evened it up for Chelsea with a well struck volley but two late goals by Vincent Grassi gave the Thunder a 4-2 victory.
The Thunder came out with all guns blazing in their second game and were 4-0 up in the first five minutes against the St. Elizabeth Lightning, Patrick Soulias scored twice then Jack Fallon and Blake Scimone added another two in quick succession. The Lightning tightened up in the second half but couldn’t get back in the game and Blake Scimone added one more goal to make the final score 5-0 giving the Thunder maximum points for the season.
The Rockets improved in their second outing and were 3-0 up at half time against Dix Hills. Hayley McGowan opened the scoring and Shay Daley added two more. Gavin Wisotsky pulled one back in the second half for Dix Hills but an Enzo Pupillo goal made the final score 4-1 to the Rockets.
Dix Hills took the lead in their next game against the Great White Sharks when Dean Muratore scored the only goal in a close first half. An equally competitive second half saw Hunter Droskoski equalize for the Sharks, 1-1 the final score.
Finn McCloskey gave Chelsea the lead against St Elizabeth Lightning but two quick goals from Ashley Kozlowski and Luca Crimi gave the Lightning a 2-1 advantage at the half. Chelsea’s Matthew Greer scored the only goal of the second half to tie the game at 2-2 and that’s how it ended.
Chelsea found themselves behind again when Nathan Smith netted for the Great White Sharks. Hunter Droskoski doubled the lead in the second half before Jason Kaiser pulled a late goal back for Chelsea. It was too little too late for Chelsea and the Sharks took the points in the 2-1 victory.
There was no change in the league standings so next week’s play-offs will see St. Elizabeth Thunder play the fourth placed Rockets. Dix Hills play Chelsea in the other semi final, they should be close games!
HBC Force and the Northport Surf started the day with a 1-1 draw, Tallia Brooks gave the Surf an early lead but HBC’s top scorer Kate Raptis evened it up. HBC followed that with another close game, this time against CSH Storm. Another goal from Kate Raptis was enough to earn both points for the Force, Kate taking her total for the season to eight as HBC won 1-0.
The Storm needed to beat South Huntington USA to have a chance of making the play-offs and it looked good for them when Grace Concannon gave them the lead mid way through the second half. The lead didn’t last long though as Sydney Taylor scored for USA and it ended 1-1 leaving the Storm in fifth place.
New Hyde Park Firecats ended the regular season with another two victories. Nicole Imbrogno and Marina Pappas were on target in the 2-0 win over Northport Surf which was followed by a 5-0 defeat of South Huntington France. Nicole Imbrogno scored twice in the first half to set them on their way and make sure the Firecats went undefeated
South Huntington USA ended the day with a 3-1 win over South Huntington France. Madison Aucone scored the only goal of the first half for USA and second half goals from Joie Tortorice and Joanna Canagiani put the game out of reach. Sally Rodgers pulled one back for France who finished in fourth place thanks to their tie with the Storm.
That means the play-offs next week will see the Firecats play France and the Force play USA.
South Huntington Barca had a good day, their two victories giving them a total of twenty one points for the season and a chance to finish in second place. Carlos Hernandez scored at both ends, first he gave Barca the lead but was then unfortunate to see his attempted clearance find its way into his own goal. Brian Valencia and Gabe Quesquen made sure Barca got the points with second half goals and they ended up 3-1 winners. They had to come from behind in their second game when Thomas Witthuhn gave the Vortex an early lead. Rodrigo Abrego tied it before half time and a second half hat trick from Gabe Quesquen made the final score 4-1 to Barca.
David Cartagena scored a second half hat trick for Real Madrid in their 5-2 win over the Diablos. Danielle Melgar and Jayvin Coto were also on target but it wasn’t enough to see Madrid into the play-offs, their earlier loss to Barca meant the Comets needed to win one of their two games to clinch fourth place.
The Vortex led twice against the Z20 Jackals but had to settle for a 2-2 tie. Jake Moisanu gave the Vortex the lead but Kevin Gulizio’s goal took the teams in level at the break. Thomas Witthuhn restored the lead for the Vortex in the second half but JD Patti squared it up for the Jackals.
A Sergei Brower goal gave the Comets the win they required in their game against the Diablos. They couldn’t add to it but held on for the 1-0 win which saw them clinch fourth place.
The Jackals then had to win against HBC Angels to make sure of second place and a close first half ended 1-0 in favor of the Jackals thanks to an Angels own goal. Kevin Gulizio brought the second half to life with an excellent hat trick to put the game beyond the Angels. Anna Root scored a late consolation goal for the Angels and it ended 4-1.
Jericho Revolution made sure of finishing top by winning both of their week eight games. Noah Greenbaum scored in the second half against CSH Comets and it proved decisive as the Comets couldn’t find an equalizer. The two teams will now meet again next week in the play-offs.
The Revolution then had a comfortable 6-0 win over the Angels. Jarred Levy opened the scoring and Noah Greenbaum added two more shortly after. Todd Perlman added two more before half time then completed his hat trick in the second half, his third goal taking him to the top of the Golden Boot table.
The other play off game next week is between the Jackals and Barca who tied for 2nd place.
Oyster Bay won both of their games in the GU16/17 ‘Round Robin’. Rebecca Layne scored a hat trick in the 6-1 win over Elwood, Marissa Albanese was also on target twice and Danielle Coccia once. Grace Fitzmaurice scored a consolation goal for Elwood. That was followed by a comfortable 5-0 win over POB Cyclones. Erin Allen struck twice with Erica Eisenberg, Rebecca Layne and Danielle Coccia scoring one each.
Marina Schmidt found the net four times for Elwood in their game against the Cyclones. Her two first half goals gave Elwood a 2-0 lead before Jennifer Newins pulled one back before the break. The Cyclones went in search of an equalizer but two more goals from Marina made the final score 4-1 to Elwood.
League leaders Juventus were without top scorer Jerry Tobar but played an excellent game beating Bayshore Dynasty 4-3. Ever Manzanares scored twice in the first half to give Juve a 2-0 lead and Mario Lobos added a third after the break. Victor Romero pulled one back for the Dynasty but Chris Fuschetto restored the three goal advantage shortly after. Two late goals from Mike Bernardo made it a nervous last minute for Juve but they held on for the win.
The Dynasty found their scoring touch in their next game against the CSH Renegades and were 5-0 up at half time. Mike Bernardo scored the first four goals and Alejandro Juarez added the fifth. Anfernee Lopez pulled one back for the Renegades but a Victor Romero and a fifth for Mike Bernardo made the final score 7-1.
Bayshore Falcons had a good day winning both of their week eight games. First they beat Juventus 3-1 with Nick Felt and Matt Vandenburg on target and followed that with an excellent comeback win against the Warriors. The Warriors raced into a 3-0 half time lead thanks to goals by Max Karen, Alexis Higuera and Anfernee Lopez but the second half belonged to the Falcons and two goals apiece from Mike Bernardo and Victor Romero turned it around to give the Falcons a memorable victory.
The Warriors and the Renegades played a competitive first half, David Alvarado equalized for CSH after Alex Higuera had opened the scoring for the Warriors. Second half goals from Nick Tonks, Max Karen, Anfernee Lopez and Danillo Lozada saw the Warriors claim a deserved 5-1 victory but their defeat against the Falcons saw the Dynasty hold on to second place.
Next week’s play-off’s should be an exciting affair with all four teams confident and capable of winning. Juventus play the Renagades and the Dynasty take on the Warriors.