On Sept. 8 with an air of anticipation, but no crisp fall weather to cool them down, the travel teams strode out to face the opposition-provided in part by Oceanside, Rockville Centre, Bayside and Syosset. It was a successful start to the new season.
The Hurricanes (U11 girls) played Oceanside at East Woods and managed a convincing 4-0 victory. Rachel Nuzzolese (new to the team this year from the Stormers) scored a hat trick in her debut league appearance to the delight of supporters, while the talented veteran Evie Pierrepont completed the score card-all from assists by Julie Albanese, Isabelle Mirman and Lucy Wallace, the goalies, earned their first shutout of the season.
The Falcons (U10 boys) played the Levittown Lions and won 5-2-a great start for the boys playing together for the first time and being new to the travel league. Jaime Rivero, an excellent handler of the ball, was selected as captain and by half time the score was 3-1. Goals came from Marc Douglas, Peter Fakhuri and a penalty powered into the net by Jaime Rivero. Goalkeeping responsibilities were shared by Robert Smith (also a goal scorer in the second half) and John Hambrook-only two balls were allowed to reach the back of the net. The final score of 5-2 was secured by a second goal in the final minutes from Marc Douglas. An all round team effort from the newcomers.
To complete a very successful opening day for U10 boys, the Titans beat Bayside Vipers with a dominating win of 6-2.
Meanwhile the Blizzards (U10 girls) enjoyed a satisfying win over Rockville Centre. Elizabeth Abbondandolo scored both goals resulting in a final score of 2-1. Great defense from Maddie Howes, Denise Neuendorf and Nicole Podipirka supported by the mighty goalkeeping of Kat Fressie and Molly Kirkpatrick.
The Avalanche (U10 girls) played a courageous game against the physically dominating and more seasoned Syosset Power. The girls gave a tremendous effort throughout the game and allowed the opposition only three goals. Forward Michaela Lamberta and stopper Nancy Karches both distinguished themselves with fine play.
On Saturday, Sept. 22, after a week's hiatus following the horrific tragedy at the World Trade Center, the OBEN teams were on the move again. At the recommendation of the Long Island Soccer League and the Soccer Club all games that day were preceded by a moment of silence. Afterwards parents of both teams participated in the ritual shaking of hands carried out by the players, coaches and referee after every match-a nice way to express sportsmanship and unity within our community.
The Tornadoes (U14 girls) tied Elwood Metrostars 0-0 after dominating the game throughout with Natasha LaBranche hitting the crossbar once. Samantha Smith and Elena Albanese also had several inspired attempts at goal. The Elwood goalie was superb!
The Hurricanes (U11 girls) defeated the Elmont Raiders 3-0, thanks in large part to an excellent game in defense with goalkeeper Isabelle Mirman being applauded for her second shutout game of the season. Much credit was also due to Elizabeth Lopez and Sarah Callahan (fullbacks) and Krista Fazio (stopper). The hard running midfielders Brittany Gouse, Kristen Falcone, Katie Link and Jaqueline Del Rosso were superb distributing the ball to the forwards. Evie Pierrepont scored a great goal and Rachel Nuzzolese two goals after receiving accurate passing from Julie Albanese.
The Blizzards (U10 girls) defeated Manhasset 3-2. Goals were scored by Addie Reilly, Maddie Howes and Rebecca Orlich supported by strong defensive play from Courtney Collins and Cordi Craig. A remarkable combined effort from the entire team.
Third/Fourth Grade Girls
White Stars vs Rockin' Rockets 3-3
Tigers vs American Girls 0-0
Third/Fourth Grade Boys
Galaxy vs Fusion 5-0
Wizards vs Fire 1-6
Burn vs Mutiny 0-1
Second Grade Girls
Hurricane vs Tornadoes 1-0
Twisters vs Cyclones 3-3
Second Grade Boys
Sounders vs Rhinos 2-1
First Grade Girls
Crew vs Metrostars 2-2
Earthquakes vs United 6-5
Cougars I vs Panthers 5-3
Jaguars vs Cougars II 5-0
First Grade Boys
Vipers vs Coach Quinn 0-3