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Both ESM Soccer Squads Eyeing Postseason Berths

Publication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press
By Drew Budd   Oct 17, 2011 6:11 PM

The Eastport South Manor boys soccer team took two tough losses and a tie last week, but the Sharks still have a shot at making the Suffolk County Class AA playoffs, needing three points to clinch a postseason berth with three games remaining on its schedule as of Monday morning.

ESM lost, 6-2, at home to undefeated Sayville on Friday after having played to a 1-1 tie at Miller Place the previous day. The Sharks lost, 4-1, at home to Kings Park on October 10.

The Sharks had played Sayville very tough in the first meeting between both teams on September 21. The Golden Flashes ended up winning that game, 3-2, in overtime. Friday’s game looked like it was going to be similar, as Sayville led, 3-2, by halftime, and then came out firing in the second half and put three unanswered goals to grab the victory. Senior Thomas Kenneally and junior Conor McCormick scored the goals for ESM.

“We lost our steam, we were tired,” ESM head coach Peter Novellano said, adding that the Miller Place game the day before had drained his entire team. “I think my boys are in shape, are physically fit, but there’s nothing you can do about it. Sayville beat us and we just have to move on.”

Against, Miller Place, ESM faced an early 1-0 deficit but senior Steven McKeever tied things up before halftime for ESM. Both teams couldn’t find the back of the net in the second half or two overtime periods. Jason Orban made seven saves for ESM.

McKeever scored the only goal in the loss to Kings Park. Novellano said the Kingsmen just outplayed his team. “They moved the ball very well and finish opportunities when they needed to,” he said. “They had us back on our heels for most of the game.”

Girls

Just like the boys, the ESM girls soccer team needs three points to clinch a spot in the Suffolk County Class AA playoffs.

After picking up a 1-0 win over Islip at home on October 10, the Lady Sharks lost 2-1 at home to Kings Park on October 12 then played to a 1-1 tie at Comsewogue on Friday.

In the game against Comsewogue, both teams couldn’t find the back of the net through regulation and the first overtime period. With eight minutes remaining in the second overtime, junior Hope Boullianne scored on a header to give ESM a 1-0 lead. But, with time winding down, Comsewogue’s Dina Cefalu scored from inside the 10 yard line with 0.2 seconds left to tie the game. Briana Hayes made 12 saves for ESM.

“Every shot was a good shot, for both teams,” ESM head coach Nicole Massari said. “It was a good game all around.”

Marjorie Duffel scored two goals for Kings Park to put ESM in a two-goal hole but ESM freshman Nijay Brown scored her first varsity goal to cut the deficit to one with 12 minutes remaining in the game. ESM had opportunities to tie the game but couldn’t capitalize, according to Massari.

Sophomore Dakota Mason scored the eventual game-winner in the win over Islip. Hayes made five saves for the shut out.

ON THE SCHEDULE: Boys—Monday, 10/17, at Islip; Friday, 10/21, at Rocky Point, 4 p.m.; Monday, 10/24, vs. Harborfields, 4:30 p.m. Girls—Tuesday, 10/18, vs. Harborfields; Friday, 10/21, at Huntington, 4 p.m.; Tuesday, 10/25, vs. Bellport, 6 p.m.

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