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There has long been a Syosset/Port rivalry. Many of the athletes from these two schools were teammates as younger children and were now facing each other as opponents in the Nassau County Class "A" championship. The game was played at Adelphi on a sunny afternoon with a reported 500 people on hand. Number 2 seed Port, who had a 12-2-2 record defeated number 5 seed Syosset (9-4-3) in their only other meeting this season, This time however, Port would come up just short of victory.

The first goal of this game was scored by Port Junior Stephan Orloff. Senior Joel Kornblau made a crossing pass to Orloff who kicked the ball just out of reach of Syosset's Jason Popik headed a crossing pass passed Port goalie Alvaro Orellana. Orellana faced 10 Syosset shots during the course of this game and was able to save eight of them.

At the start of the second half, the game was tied 1-1. The half started out with many missed attempts by Port, including a direct kick from just outside the box, and a shot that hit the crossbar. Unfortunately for Port, a few minutes later Syosset's Alex Polyezos would bring the ball down field and take a shot from 15 yards out which found its way into the net. This was the winning goal which clinched the county victory for Syosset. Syosset is going on to play Sachem, the Suffolk County champion, in the Long Island Championship.

Port has been to six county finals but has still to yet win one. Despite the teams somewhat disheartening record in the county championship, they still had a successful season. With the end of this year comes the loss of seniors Jon Buttrill, Jose Serrano, Zach Lehmann and Joel Kornblau. As with every school team, the loss of seniors brings about the entry of new athletes onto the team. A handful of talented players will be moving up from JV to varsity, and many players already on varsity will be returning with sharper skills than ever. The team as well as many of the fans are expecting a successful season in '99 and perhaps a county championship.




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