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Sep 11, 2018 9:22 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Mariners Soccer Season Starts Off With A Whirlwind

Diego Trujillo fends off a Bayport player during last week's game. MICHELLE MALONE
Sep 11, 2018 9:22 AM

It was a bit of a whirlwind start to the season for the Southampton boys soccer team last week.

After earning a hard-fought 2-1 overtime victory over Bayport/Blue Point at home on September 5, the Mariners traveled to Shoreham/Wading River on Friday. Logan Whitall, a junior, gave Southampton a 1-0 lead in the first half off a corner kick from junior Joey Avallone, but the Wildcats tied the game four minutes into the second half, then the game became a real battle from that point on and some tempers flared leading to a number of cards being dished out by the officials. The worst of which, a red card, was given to one of Southampton’s top scorers, junior Diego Trujillo, for shoving a Shoreham player off him after the Shoreham player had grabbed his jersey. All in all, five cards were handed out; three yellows to Shoreham, the red to Trujillo and a yellow to Southampton (1-1 League VI, 1-1-1 overall).

After the cards were sorted out, Shoreham took the lead with six minutes remaining with a goal off a corner kick, and shortly after, the Wildcats were awarded a penalty kick and took a 3-1 lead. With Southampton pressuring up front, the Wildcats were able to capitalize and finish the game with a 4-1 lead.

Southampton head coach Dave Riley said that he didn’t like to see his players lose their composure the way they did at the end of the game, but he also didn’t appreciate the way Shoreham’s side acted as well, with its spectators feeding the fire. Due to the red card, Trujillo will have to sit out the Mariners’ next game at home against Elwood/John Glenn, which is Friday at 7 p.m. He will be eligible to return against cross-town rival Hampton Bays on Monday, a game that is slated to start at 4:30 p.m.

“As a coach who likes to review and study things play by play with his players, I just can’t say that I agree with all the cards issued in that game,” Riley said. “That said, a good lesson was served. Lapses of composure can be detrimental. The team needs to last the full game. I believe they will learn that and show it going forward.”

Trujillo was key in the win over Bayport last week, scoring both goals, including the game-winner with 29 seconds remaining in the first overtime. It was a good win, Riley said, against the same Bayport team Southampton lost to during the Brookhaven Summer League just weeks ago.

Due to the summer league, which has 30-minute halves compared to 40-minute halves in high school play, and with the season starting early before school began on Thursday, September 6, Riley thinks that the team will be able to get into more of a rhythm going forward. He noted that he doesn’t think he ever had a league game before school opened up in his 10-plus years coaching the team.

Information on the girls team was not provided.

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