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Sep 10, 2018 2:46 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Pair Of Overtime Games To Start League Play For Bonackers Soccer; Girls Seek First Win In More Than A Year

Sep 10, 2018 2:46 PM

If the first few games are any indication, the boys soccer season is going to be a dog fight in League V, and in Class A in general.

After a hard-fought 2-0 non-league loss at home to Half Hollow Hills West on August 31, the East Hampton boys soccer team’s first two league games of the season went to overtime, with the Bonackers going 1-1. Sayville got the best of host East Hampton in a 2-1 decision on September 5, but East Hampton outlasted Islip, 1-0, to earn its first win of the season on Friday.

Zane Musnicki, with less than two minutes remaining in the second overtime period at Islip, scored the game-winner off of a service into the box from Sebastian Fuquen. The Bonackers (1-1 League V, 1-2 overall) had solid defensive play from Cris Crillo and Aubrey Tulp, head coach Don McGovern said, and goalkeeper Kurt Matthews made some key saves.

“We played a decent match creating more quality scoring opportunities but had trouble finishing them,” McGovern said. “The match was another difficult one against a well-organized, quality opponent. The boys worked hard as a unit in keeping Islip from finishing their chances.”

Musnicki had put East Hampton ahead, 1-0, in the second half against Sayville only to see Connor Owenburg tie the game a few minutes later for the Golden Flashes. With 2:17 remaining in the second overtime, Liam Berlingieri scored off a feed from Eric Famularo to clinch the win for Sayville.

East Hampton plays at Miller Place on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. and will host Rocky Point at 11 a.m. this Saturday and Babylon on Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Girls

East Hampton girls soccer head coach Cara Nelson is hoping that the up-and-coming players within the program take another step forward this season and help lead the team to its first win in more than a year after going winless in 16 contests last season. All signs are pointing to that happening sooner rather than later. The Lady Bonackers lost, 6-0, to East Islip in their non-league season opener last season, but in its season opener on September 5, against the same East Islip squad, the Lady Bonackers only lost 2-0. Nelson said it was vast improvement from a year ago.

“We knew we were a young team last year and were going to have a number of difficult games, but a year later, the girls are really coming together as a team and playing the kind of soccer that will give us the opportunity to be competitive and win games this season,” she said.

Lucy Short, a sophomore goalie, leads the team this season as the team’s lone All-League selection from last year. She’s joined by a pair of classmates in Asha Hokanson, the team’s striker who is expected to be the team’s top goal scorer, and Paige Cordone, who is expected to lead the defense. Junior Alden Powers is also returning along with senior Gabriela Kaljevic. Both Powers and Kaljevic will control the midfield for East Hampton.

Girls soccer across Suffolk County is now set up where the large schools play in Division I and the small schools play in Division II. Each division is power ranked, allowing the smaller programs to match up against one another more often, which has been well received by the coaches, especially those on the East End.

“We had a difficult season last year, moving into a tougher league seeding, having a very young, but talented, squad, and going 0-16,” Nelson said. “We are looking to improve our record and hopefully make a run for the playoffs. We will have a number of competitive matches this year, and if the girls continue to work hard, they will have great success on the field.”

East Hampton picks things back up on Wednesday when it hosts Southampton at 4:30 p.m. and will also host Harborfields on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

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