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Sep 17, 2019 12:57 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Southampton Boys Soccer Is Off To A Blistering Start

Joey Avallone is pumped up, and so are his teammates, after scoring the Mariners second goal of the game on Friday night, leading to their 2-0 victory at Center Moriches. MICHELLE MALONE
Sep 17, 2019 6:20 PM

Coach Dave Riley said that his Southampton boys soccer team’s 2-0 victory at Center Moriches on Friday night had the makings of a postseason game, even though it was only mid-September. It was very reminiscent, he said, of his team’s games against Hastings in the 2015 Southeast Regional Final and a non-league match against another strong upstate team in Lansing.The difference in those games is that Riley’s squad was on the wrong side of the score, whereas on Friday night, there was no stopping the Mariners in what was Center Moriches’s homecoming game. The Mariners defeated host Hampton Bays, 5-0, on Monday night and have outscored their opponents, 24-1, to start the season with an unblemished 5-0 record. And they’re ranked fourth in the current New York State Sportswriters Association Class B rankings.

It’s these type of starts that have teams thinking something special is in the making.

“To shut out Center Moriches at its homecoming is something to really be proud of. The defense worked really hard,” Riley said. “The game really did remind me of those playoff games we had from a couple of years ago. It was a tight game, like those were, and it had that sort of playoff atmosphere.

“When you play a quality side like that, I told the guys, this is what you’re going to see if you can get into the postseason,” he added. “You’re going to see games that are high intensity, plus skill, and refs are going to let play happen.”

With about five minutes remaining in the first half, Southampton senior goalie Ashton Triffitt punted the ball out of his defensive end and passed midfield, where senior Parker West was able to corral the bouncing ball and found himself one-on-one with Center Moriches goalie Colin Raupp. As West tried to settle the ball, Raupp jumped up and collided with West, and the ball went out of bounds. The officials awarded a penalty kick to Southampton for Raupp’s infraction and senior Diego Trujillo capitalized to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead.

Southampton didn’t score its insurance goal until late in the second half with only a few minutes remaining in the game. Trujillo sent a slip pass to senior Joey Avallone, who was able to find the back of the net to create the 2-0 final.

Riley praised his defense for its work throughout the game. That included seniors James Malone, Ben Luss, Brandon Solano, Max Ochoa, Sean Godfrey. Avallone helped out at times as well, but the defense was missing senior midfielder Logan Whitall, who was sick. Triffitt made eight saves for the shutout.

The victory over perennial powerhouse Center Moriches and the 5-0 start has made it clear that the Mariners are a force to be reckoned with this season.

“We have a bit of a target on our back now, and we need to make sure we’re ready for it,” Riley said. “I actually wasn’t pleased with how we played to start [Friday night’s] game. We just weren’t settling the ball and playing to our style, but we got there. The refs let a lot of stuff fly, but that’s what I remember playing those teams years ago, and that’s what to expect going forward.”

The Mariners hosted Southold on Wednesday and is scheduled to play at Mattituck this Friday at 4:30 p.m. before hosting Babylon this Tuesday, September 24, at 6 p.m.


The Southampton girls soccer team picked up its first victory of the season, 1-0, in non-league game at East Hampton on Monday night. Ellie Avallone scored off an assist from Carli Cameron. Angely Ramirez made seven saves. It was a good bounce-back game after the Lady Mariners suffered a 4-1 loss at home to Westhampton Beach in their season opener on September 10.

Southampton played at Bayport/Blue Point on Wednesday, and is expected to host Babylon this Friday at 4:30 p.m., before hosting Hampton Bays in a non-league game this Monday, September 23, at 6 p.m.

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