Another great weather day for soccer greeted our program at Center Street this week. The juniors worked on their shooting skills with the coaches. The players are showing outstanding improvement and will be banging the back of the net on a regular basis in no time. The intermediate teams battled to a 3-3 tie. Emily Bosco, Jo-Jo Gonzalez and Nick Mininson each scored for the blue team. Not to be outdone, the red team responded with goals by Nick Amodio (2) and Tristan Yang to knot the match. Charlie Hinz was a stone wall in goal. The seniors played a super game with the green team (playing with the new iridescent pinnies) being energized to a relatively 4-2 victory over the red team. Robert Vittiglio led the way with 2 goals and Andrew Abberton and Adam Strominger chipped in with one each. The red team had one goal by Stefani Egre and one 'team' goal. Debbie Chin was a star on defense, while Sebastian Garcia made several stellar saves in goal.
- Rich Bletsch, Director
GU9 PRE-TRAVEL MAJOR GAME: NHP - 2, WANTAGH - 0
In a very hard fought game, NHP White Lightning took it to an old nemesis in Wantagh and came up on the right side of the scoreboard for a change against this team. The attack was led by Kaitlyn Krems, Tiffany Velin, Sophia Leeds and Jordyn Siegel - who all had excellent chances to score, but came up empty. The goals were actually scored by the Defense today - with Theodora Papadoniou taking a long range mortar shot that skipped over to the goalie's head to make it 1-0, and then Logan Ward, who drove the ball in from Center D and blasted home the capper late in the 2d half to make it 2-0. All in all, a well played game by all, though our finishing near goal was spotty - we can and should have scored more goals. Our D was pretty solid today, with Theodora P, Mackenzie Griffin, Casey Sanders and Isabel Ugolini all stepping up aggressively to break up Wantagh attacks. In goal was Edna Dudek, who stopped everything Wantagh threw at her - including a PK in the first half that she blocked calm/cool/collectively.
Back at the Ranch, the Intermediate team had a heck of a game against a Farmingdale squad that we did not know much about. Both the offense and the Defense were very solid. The attack was led by Logan Ward (2 goals), Siobhan McMullan who had a beautiful goal, cutting in from the left side and going far post to make it 3-0, and the capper by Dylan Sanders who took a crossing pass from the right and slammed it home to seal the deal 4-0. Deirdre Lynch had a very strong game with very nice passes on the attack on the right, as did Cara Becker who did the same thing from the left. On D was Bethany Ambrosio, Stephanie Karczewski, Shayna Zeitlin, Laurne Perlman and Camryn Dlugisnki - who each did a super job of clearing the ball away from danger near goal. In goal was Olivia Lugo, who came out very effectively to cut down the Farmingdale attack at every turn. Very nice game by all - as the Intermediate team remains undefeated to date.
The July heat came early in April as the Lightning and Lady Tigers went toe to toe in a high scoring affair that saw the Lightning barely hold on. The Lightning attack was led by Katie Krems who played like a cat out there and netted 4 goals on the day, in between spending time in goal - where played fine but allowed 2 goals (at least she doubled her net output!). Setting up 2 of Kaitlyn's goals was Sophia Leeds who was brilliant on the day making outlet passes. Cara Becker had a fine day - getting an assist at left fwd, and coming up big as goalie to end the day - saving the last shot of the game point blank to preserve the win. Deirdre Lynch had an awesome game - really passed the ball well, got loft on her clears and netted a very nice goal on the day too. Super effort in the heat, Deirdre. Lauren Perlman took her first turn in goal (no goals) and did well clearing the ball on D. Bethany Ambrosio, Isabel Ugolini and Kristin Granieri all did a great job on D, controlled and cleared the ball very well out of danger. Shayna and Talylor - we missed you. Well played game, girls - very nice passing and finishing! Panthers vs. Cubs -The Panthers and Cubs squared off on a hot sunny afternoon in what turned out to be a real nail biter of a game. The Cubs scored twice early in he first half, but were turned away for the remainder of the game by the tough defensive play of Celine Macura, Julia Kosinski and Hannah Dienstag. On several occasions, Edna Dudek, Tiffany Velin and Mackenzie Griffin moved the ball into Cubs territory, but were turned way by their tough defense. The Cubs held a two goal lead going into the second half of play, but thanks to some amazing saves by Panther goalie Natalie Giordano and the defensive wizardry of Ciara Lennon and Ally Petricca, the Cubs strong offensive weapons were kept out of the Panthers goal. With time winding down, Hannah Dienstag launched a high kick, which was headed by Ally Petricca right to Panther forward Tiffany Velin. Tiffany, who was double covered took the ball down field, fed the ball to Mackenzie Griffin who scored from the right side, narrowing the Cubs lead to one. The Cubs took the ball down field threatening to score, but were met by Julia Kosinski, Celine Macura and Edna Dudek, who kept the ball away from Panther goalie Natalie Giordano. Once again, we were all treated to an exciting game which really went "Down to the Wire. U-8 Kitty Kats vs. Soccer Stars - Once again, the Kitty Kats played an outstanding game. First and foremost an apology to Emily Rose who scored a goal in last weeks game against the Wonder Cats and she wasn't recognized. To top that, she put the ball in the net twice this game, once in the first half and then again in the second. The temperature was soring. On goal was Giselle Correia who didn't let anyone score. Stephanie Zovich played mid defense with power kicks down the field. Nicolena Vega and Lauren Hessler were very strong at clearing the ball. Madeline Slaski, Diana Tumulty and Alexandra Gootman played both sides of the field passing the ball up to assist with the goals. Caroline Nuttall played mid field position assisting both offense and defense. Andrea Waldron took over goal in second half with numerous saves not allowing any goals except for a penalty kick that was shot from three feet away. Marina Pappas scored first, followed by the two goals by Emily Rose and the last one was shot in by Giselle Correia. Everyone played exceptionally well. Congratulations to both teams!
BU-11 NHP Tigers 3 vs Manhasset 1
Spring has sprung and so have the New Hyde Park Tigers. In what was one of their best games, the Tigers dominated play the entire time. The Tigers applied pressure early. Speedy Kevin Keenan was a dynamo on D, feeding the offense with killer passes. Jeremy El Kashash was constantly on the attack from L midfield, powering his way to the goal and getting off a couple of shots, just missing, including one from midfield. Joe Pugliese put the Tigers on the board with a goal off a pass from Michael Orlik. Michael Carrotta and Nick Nikas did a good job patrolling the midfield and springing the offense. Manhasset was able to sneak one by and the half ended in a tie. But the Tigers never gave up. Jacob Leeds at L forward did a great job positioning himself and pressuring the goalie, getting off 2 shots on goal. Forward John Hannah put one in the back of the net off a corner kick by Peter Restivo. Peter and Marko Kurek formed the great wall of defense stopping nearly everything in their paths and turning the play around. Michael Orlik capped off the game with a well-placed goal and had 4 shots in all. Defender Husain Poonwala did a fantastic job cutting in on and being first to the ball. The Tigers rock solid Goalie Alex Ptacek only had to save 3 shots, because of the tough defense. This game was the definition of a team effort. GO TIGERS!!!!
NHP Cougars 3 vs Bellmore Bandits 4
It was a bright, sunny day at Harbor Links as the New Hyde Park Cougars took on the Bellmore Bandits. Due to injuries, the Cougars played short handed. Within the first two minutes of the game, Matthew Sartoris dribbled down the right side of the field and laced a shot right through the Bandits goalie giving the Cougars a 1-0 lead. Two minutes later, Matthew shot a perfect ball across the goal and hit the post where the ball just wouldn't cross the line. Another few minutes later, the Bandits tied the game, 1-1. The Cougars wanted that one back and indeed came Rohit Basu on the left side with a feed from Christian Hidalgo. Rohit blasted a shot into the goal with his LEFT FOOT! Cougars took a 2-1 lead. On the next drive, Christian Hildago zipped through the Bandits midfield and defense and landed a shot in the net giving the Cougars a 3-1 lead. However, back came the Bellmore Bandits. As the Cougars were tiring, the Bandits were able to tie the game at 3-3. With eight minutes left, Goalie Yovan (who was superb in goal) was hit by a Bandit player and yet was given a questionable Yellow Card from the Ref followed by a DIRECT KICK which gave the Bandits the go ahead goal, 4-3. Michael Zornberg was strong in defense with the help from Rinki Hirabayashi. The midfield was dominant from Keita Wantanabe, Dominick Rossi, and Steve Sumba. Anthony DiMarco stayed solid at offense for the entire game. The Boys showed big HEART, playing as a team even though short manned. We'll get them next time, Cougars. Be proud of your time today. You played your hearts out!!!!