The girls varsity soccer team won their second straight game defeating third place Hewlett 3-0 on goals by Trish DelMonaco, Melissa Santor and Cathy Sbarra. Elaina Koutsoftas recorded her second shutout with 11 saves. On Tuesday, the Lady Bulldogs defeated Plainedge 1-0 on Kelly Huldie's goal. The defense of Vanessa Militano, Karen Fitzpatrick, Caryn Kraus and Michelle DiFede was once again up to the task, denying any formidable attack. Despite injuries to key players lost for the season, the Lady Bulldogs are playing "team soccer" with continuous support for each other.
On Saturday, Oct. 3, the boys junior varsity soccer team and Cold Spring Harbor played to a 1-1 tie. Bryan Mercer scored the goal for Island Trees. The team suffered its second loss of the season to Garden City on Oct. 6. The whole team put forth an outstanding effort, but could not stop the very skilled Garden City team. Julio Barea and Matt Ostrowski were named players of the game. On Oct. 13 the J.V. Bulldogs defeated Roslyn 3-2. "One of the best JV games I have been a part of," said Coach Chris Neglia. Down 2-0 in the second half, Mike Santor scored a goal to pull the Bulldogs within one. Kevin Bragman scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season to tie the score. With the score tied 2-2 with 45 seconds left, Julio Barea scored his first goal of the season to give the Bulldogs the win. Steve D'Ambrosio and Pete Kostaras played tremendously in the win. The team is now 5-2-3.
The JV Football Bulldogs took their 3-0 record to Cold Spring Harbor to battle the Seahawks. An impressive squad in a 32-0 defeat humbled them. Mistakes and penalties in the first half that resulted in a 25-0 deficit plagued the Dawgs. In the second half the team played gritty football, holding Cold Spring Harbor to no points until the last few minutes of the game. One bright spot on a gloomy day was the return of Stephen Buonomo. He injured his knee early in the season and was reinstated for the game. He had six solo tackles and four assists. Offensively, the Bulldogs moved the ball all day, but could not find the end zone. This was the first time they were shutout this season. All in all, the team learned a valuable lesson in being prepared to play - physically and mentally. The team exhibited strong character and heart in the second half shutting down an opponent that dominated them for 24 minutes.
The 1998 Bulldog football team extended their winning streak over three seasons to eight with a come-from-behind 19-19 tie with visiting Oyster Bay. On a rain-drenched field, the Dawgs scored on the second play from scrimmage as Paul Wigdzinski tossed out to Michael Rossi who beat the Baymen down field for a 65-yard touchdown run. With the score tied at six, Herbert Reyes Perez dazzled the defense on a reverse and raced 55 yards to score and knot the game up at 13. Although the conditions were terrible, the Bulldog defense stood strong with huge games turned in by Zach Strauss, Dondi Peterson, Fernando Suarez, Michael Hearne, Kevin Fusci, Anthony DiDomenico, Cory Owen, Thomas Carroll and John Stellakis. The Dawgs found themselves trailing by six in the decisive fifth period when they went to work behind the strong blocking of fullback Matt Fiorello. Michael Rossi carried the ball repeatedly off tackle picking up 61 yards before finally giving way to powerback Herbert Reyes Perez who slammed home the tying touchdown. With time winding down, Island Trees Coaches Savin, D'Auria and Bonsignore used up all of their time outs on defense as they stopped Oyster Bay on the Bulldog 20-yard line with 40 seconds remaining in the game and had one last opportunity to pull out a victory. Facing 80 yards to paydirt and using a hurry up offense, James Lyons was magnificent at quarterback as he engineered a 60-yard drive through the air to the Baymen 10. Trying to hurry his team to the line for one last play and the win was not to be as the Bulldogs ran out of time and settled for the tie. Rossi finished the game with 165 yards and Reyes Perez with 101. Great effort by all.
The eighth grade girls soccer team, coached by Mr. Garcia, had their second victory in the season. They played a great game against Wantagh with the final score 4-1. Chelsea Marciano had one goal while Candace Grosser had three. Erin Carroll, Erin Dodge, Jen D'Albenzio and Melanie Hallas assisted them. Danielle Fliller, Jessica Marciano, Rebecca Santoriello, Jeannelle Lewis, Noelle Boye and Tasha Weinmann played great defense. Great goal keeping by Katrina Yevoli and Tasha Weinmann. Great game girls!
The seventh grade boys soccer team celebrated a victory on Oct. 4 against Wisdom Lane. It was a fast paced, aggressive and exciting game. Charlie DeRienzo had an assist and goal. Brian Singh and Paul Caffrey also scored for the Bulldogs. Tom O'Reilly, Vick Patel, Ryan Murphy and T.J. Young were stopping everything at defense. Bruce Davidson had a great game in net with 12 saves. Mike Garger showed his talent running circles around Wisdom players. Brad Abraham, Doug Connolly, Greg Dolen, Marc Kantor, Matt Lucia and Tom Murphy were also key players for the Bulldogs 3-2 victory.
The seventh grade girls soccer team played a great game against Wisdom Lane on Tuesday. They won by a score of 5-1. There were two goals scored by Alyssa Fleming, one scored by Gina Calabria with an assist by Jessica Lospitalier. Sarah Heaning scored one goal and Angela Barea scored another. There was great defense played by Kate Schamberger and great offense played by Kristen Feltes. All of the Lady Bulldogs played a great game!