The Island Trees Middle School Football team remains undefeated as they run their record to 4-0 with an impressive 53-12 victory over previously undefeated Jericho. The Bulldogs are now 16-1-1 over their last 18 games. Vinny Ciaravino continued his rampage through defenses as he rumbled for 72 yards and three TDs to go with a 50 yard interception return. Anthony DiDomenico went over 100 yards for the fourth time, gaining 116 yards and scoring once. Anthony also established a new middle school record as he kicked five extra points (good for two points each). Michael Doscher scored on a 20 yard run and added a 35 yard interception return for another TD. Michael Wrightington scored on a 14 yard run and finished with 54 yards. Anthony Rinaldi threw a tight spiral and threaded the needle on the extra point to Scott Sadowski. The Bulldogs amassed 393 yards on the ground as 12 different players carried the ball. Gaining yardage were Peter Plaia, Kevin McGovern, Joe Ciserano, Chris Pazmino, Michael Cama and Tom Carroll. Play of the day was Kevin McGovern connecting on a beautiful pass to a streaking Michael Doscher who caught the ball in stride for a 50 yard scoring strike. Defensive standouts were Ryan Aguirre, George Fotedis, Kevin Fusci, Michael Courtney, Justin O'Donnell, Peter Plaia, Evan Mastro, Kevin Yank and Kevin Prykuta. The Dawgs travel to Hampton Stadium for a showdown with the Mineola Mustangs next.
The seventh grade boys soccer team closed out the season against Woodland. Woodland was also the Bulldogs first game of the season. The Bulldogs lost 4-0 that game. The rematch was a beauty; it was soccer played at the best level by both teams. Joe Paciullo, Sean Walsh, Brian Beissel, Robert Lovaglio, Mike Topel, Bryan Marksteiner and Adam Chase played a great offensive game with a total of eight shots on net. Sean Lehosky, Bobby Zetterberg and Chris Salvage played an awesome mid-field. The demolition defense did a remarkable job stopping Woodland before they reached the 18. The demolition defense consisted of Joe Reyes, Lehosky, Brian Spiess, Dennis Rochon, Sean Thomson and last but not least, who had a great season, the All-Star sweeper T.J. Fabis. The goalie; who set the stands in an electrifying mood, Russell Davis, had seven saves and saved the game from a tie with a leap of faith and knocked the ball high above the net. The Bulldogs won on Friday. Goals were scored by Salvage with two and Chase with one. Topel, Beissel and Salvage made assists. Final score Bulldogs 3, Woodland 2. Great game fellas and a magnificent season played by all.
The Island Trees seventh grade girls soccer team closed their season with mixed results. They beat a tough Hicksville squad 3-1. Kaitlyn Beale opened the scoring with a beautiful shot from 25 yards out off a pass from Gina Brewer. Beale scored her second goal later to give the Lady Dawgs a 2-1 lead and Jamie Lent capped the scoring on a breakaway to give the Lady Dawgs a 3-1 victory.
The Lady Dawgs lost to a tough Woodland team by a score of 4-1. The Woodland squad had not been scored on throughout the entire season until the Lady Dawgs opened the scoring and took a 1-0 lead. Kaitlyn Beale opened the scoring on a pass from Emma Cruz to give the Lady Dawgs the lead. The girls created many opportunities to score, but managed to hit the post or the Woodland goalie made a spectacular save. Overall, Mr. Haggerty was very proud of the girls and the way they came on toward the end of the season. They really started to play well in their last three games and probably could have beaten any team they played. The future looks bright for Island Trees Girls Soccer.
The eighth grade Lady Dogs ended the season with a tough match against Hicksville. Smashing goal made by Jaclyn Mullervy and assisted by Steph Farag. Great hustling by the halfback line with Angela Barea, Kate Ludewig, Lauren Curran, Lindsay Burleson, Jessica Galella, Jackie Marra and stopper Romina Chacon. Outstanding defensive plays made by Mary Seremeta, Jaimie Wozniak, Christina LoFaso, Jessica Wigdzinski and Christina Tomasosky. Nice crisp plays by the forward line with Jess Frizalone, Jaclyn Mullervy and Steph Farag. Saving beauties in the net were Lindsay Burleson, Jackie Marra and Steph Farag. Great season and great effort made by all.