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Oct 9, 2018 12:45 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Southampton Boys, Girls Soccer Teams Fighting For Playoff Spots

Southampton freshman Gabriella Arnold clears the ball. DREW BUDD
Oct 9, 2018 1:16 PM

The Southampton girls soccer team has fallen on hard times, and is currently in the midst of a five-game losing streak, as of Tuesday morning. The good news, however, is that the team is still within reach of a Suffolk County Class B playoff spot.

With three or four spots up for grabs for the postseason, Babylon (7-3 Division II, 7-4 overall, 115.70 power points) is the only Class B team in the county with a winning record. Mattituck/Greenport/Southold (4-6 Division II, 4-7 overall, 86.02), Center Moriches (3-7 Division II, 81.40) and Southampton (4-6-1 Division II, 5-6-1 overall, 84.59 power points) all have similar records.

A lack of offense has spurred the recent troubles for the Lady Mariners. Since their 7-2 victory at Pierson/Bridgehampton on September 26, the Lady Mariners have only scored two goals in five games. After playing East Hampton to a scoreless tie at home on October 1, Southampton lost, 5-1, at Center Moriches on October 3, then, most recently, suffered a 5-0 loss at home to Westhampton Beach on Friday.

Southampton will play its final three games of the regular season on the road. It played at Amityville on Wednesday and will play at Hauppauge this Friday, October 12, at 6 p.m. before playing at Mount Sinai on Monday, October 15, at 5:30 p.m.

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Boys

At 4-8-1 overall (2-7 League VI), the Southampton boys soccer team’s record may not make it look like a playoff contender, but it is deceiving. Since they play in a mixed classification league, with four of the seven teams Class A schools, the Mariners could petition Section XI, the governing body of Suffolk County high school athletics, to make the Class B playoffs. Head coach Dave Riley, though, is more focused on the task at hand and said on Monday that he was looking forward to his team’s next game, which was Tuesday, against Mount Sinai.

The Mariners have picked things up, winning four of their last five games, as of Tuesday morning. After winning, 2-1, at Bayport/Blue Point on September 26, Southampton defeated playoff-bound Shoreham/Wading River, 4-1, at home on September 28. They defeated Greenport, 3-1, in a non-league game on October 2, then, most recently, Southampton defeated Pierson/Bridgehampton, 8-3, on Saturday morning in what was another non-league contest. Both Diego Trujillo and Parker West had hat tricks in that game, and Logan Whitall scored a pair of goals.

The only loss for the Mariners in that stretch was to Elwood/John Glenn, who is undefeated through 14 games this season. While the final score of 4-0 doesn’t look all that great, Riley pointed out that it was 1-0 for 60 of the 80 minutes. Glenn is ranked seventh in the state among Class A schools and has outscored its opponents, 59-2, this season.

After playing Mt. Sinai on Tuesday, Southampton plays at Center Moriches this Thursday, October 11, at 6:30 p.m. and will host Hampton Bays in the regular-season finale on Tuesday, October 16, at 6 p.m.

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