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Sep 17, 2019 2:40 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Up And Down Starts For East Hampton Soccer Teams

Pierson goalie Grace Perello and defenders Halle Kneeland (11) and Kathryn Powell converge on a loose ball with East Hampton sophomore Asha Hokanson bearing down on them. MICHAEL HELLER
Sep 17, 2019 2:53 PM

The East Hampton girls soccer team outplayed Southampton in just about every facet of Monday’s game, except where it counted the most: the final score.

Ellie Avallone put the Lady Mariners ahead on an assist from Carli Cameron within the game’s first 15 minutes, and that was all that was needed in the tightly contested non-league game. Couple that with a 3-0 loss to Mattituck/Southold/Greenport on Friday, and a 4-0 victory over Pierson/Bridgehampton on September 10, and the Lady Bonackers are 1-2 overall on the season.

“It was one of those games where you walk off the field knowing you outplayed your opponent, but the score just didn’t fall in your favor,” East Hampton head coach Cara Nelson said of Monday’s loss to Southampton. “We just couldn’t capitalize on any of our opportunities, and we couldn’t execute in the final third. The girls worked hard, they held strong on the field, won the 50/50 battle and controlled possession, but we just couldn’t pull out the W.

“It’s a game that we want back, but also one that we learn from and move on to our next opponent,” she added.

Alden Powers, Asha Hokanson, Sofia Garcia and Claire McGovern all scored goals in the win over Pierson. Lucy Short made eight saves.

East Hampton hosts Islip on Wednesday night at 4:30 p.m. and will play at Eastport-South Manor this Saturday at 10 a.m.

The East Hampton girls soccer program is kicking off East Hampton High School’s homecoming festivities with its second annual “Battle of the Bonackers” Staff Soccer Game on Thursday, October 3, at 4:30 p.m. Staff members from East Hampton’s high school and middle school, along with those from John M. Marshall Elementary School, will face off against one another to “kick out cancer.” The event is open to the public, and tickets are $5 per person. There will be a dance team performance at halftime, food and drinks for sale, and raffle prizes, with all proceeds being donated to the Suffolk County Girls Soccer Coaches Association Kicks For Cancer, an annual fundraiser started in honor of Hauppauge High School student Courtney Tomkins, who died several years ago from brain cancer.

Boys

It’s been an up and down start to the season thus far for the East Hampton boys soccer team. After defeating Rocky Point, 2-1, at home on Thursday, September 12, the Bonackers lost, 3-2, at West Babylon on Monday. After a 1-1 tie at Islip on September 10, and a 4-1 loss at home in the season opener to Half Hollow Hills West on September 5, East Hampton is 1-2-1 overall this season.

Mateo Munera and Matthew McGovern scored both goals for the Bonackers at West Babylon on Monday, but Diego Saravia scored off a free kick from 33 yards out with seven minutes remaining to break the 2-2 tie. Jonathan Bautista scored the game-winning goal to give East Hampton the overtime victory at Rocky Point. Jhorjan Tacuri had put East Hampton up early in the first half of that game.

East Hampton hosts Eastport-South Manor on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. and will play at Kings Park this Friday at 7 p.m.

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