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Oct 26, 2012 3:43 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Full Slate Of Playoff Games For East End Boys Soccer Teams

Oct 26, 2012 4:14 PM

It will be a busy postseason for East End boys soccer teams with six squads making their respected class playoffs.

Westhampton Beach is the most surprising team of the group to make the postseason. After finishing the season with a 5-6-1 League V record, Hurricanes head coach Don O’Brien petitioned Section XI, the governing body of Suffolk County high school athletics, for his team to be allowed in the Class A playoffs, since it plays in a mixed-classification league. Westhampton Beach was 1-1 against Kings Park, a Class AA team that made the playoffs as well. Teams usually must have a .500 record or better to make the playoffs.

A 3-2 win over Islip for the Hurricanes at home on Tuesday helped matters as well. O’Brien said last week that he wouldn’t have petitioned had his team lost its final regular season game.

Westhampton Beach will have to face one of the best teams in all of Suffolk County though. It will be at top-seeded Sayville on Thursday, November 1, at 2:30 p.m. The Canes lost, 6-1, at home to Sayville as recently as October 22, and had lost, 3-2, at home to the Golden Flashes back on October 1, which was Sayville’s smallest margin of victory against fellow Class A, League V teams during the regular season.

Eastport South Manor (7-5 League V, 10-5 overall) and East Hampton (8-2-2, League VI, 10-3-3 overall) made the Class A playoffs as well. The League VI champion Bonackers received the second seed in the bracket and will host seventh-seed Miller Place on Thursday, November 1, at 2:30 p.m. East Hampton defeated Miller Place in both of its league games this season by a combined score of 3-1.

ESM received the third seed and will host Shoreham/Wading River, the sixth seed. The Wildcats played in League VI this season and therefore haven’t played the Sharks, a League V team, during the regular season. ESM head coach Peter Novellano said he has seen Shoreham play once this season and likes how his team matches up with the Wildcats.

If Westhampton Beach, East Hampton or ESM win their opening round games next week, they will advance to the semifinals and play at the higher seed’s home location on Monday, November 5, at 2 p.m.

Hampton Bays (8-3-1 League VII, 10-5-1 overall) and Southampton (8-4 League VII, 10-6 overall) have both made the Class B postseason. The Baymen go in as three-seed and will play at Center Moriches on Wednesday, October 31, at 2:30 p.m. Hampton Bays and Center Moriches split its regular season games, with the Baymen winning, 3-0, at home on September 21, and the Red Devils winning at home, 2-0, on October 12.

Southampton, the fourth seed, will be at top-seeded Mattituck on Halloween, which is also a 2:30 p.m. start. The Mariners recently took a tough 1-0 loss at home to the Tuckers and had lost, 4-1, at Mattituck back on September 28. The Class B finals will be played at Diamond in the Pines Park in Coram on Saturday, November 3, at 5 p.m.

Pierson reached the Class C playoffs after going 6-5-1 in League VIII. The Whalers tried their best all season long to finish with a better record to try and miss playing defending New York State champion Port Jefferson in the first round of the playoffs but they will indeed have to face the top-seeded Royals. The game will be played at Port Jefferson’s elementary school field, Scraggy Hill, on Halloween at 2:30 p.m.

Pierson just lost a tight 1-0 game at home to Port Jefferson in what was the final regular season game for both teams on Tuesday. But the Whalers lost, 6-0, to the Royals at Scraggy Hill back on October 3. Port Jefferson returned all 11 of its starters from last season’s state championship team.

If the Whalers defeat Port Jeff, they will play in the Class C finals against the winner of Southold and Greenport/Shelter Island on Saturday, November 3, at Diamond in the Pines Park in Coram at 2:30 p.m.

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