Many of Port's teams were out of action this past weekend due to the inclement weather. However, the Port Vipers (U11) and Port Thunder dueled in a second round Waldbaum's Cup game Sunday. Possession and pressure seesawed back and forth throughout the first half with both teams playing well on both ends. Toward the close of the first half Vipers' Sam Glickman broke the tie with a hard-earned goal. In the second half Jack Nick led the Thunder's attack but they were unable to get the ball past Vipers' goalie Nick Balterman. Will Rizzo of the Vipers played well at both ends of the field, helping to thwart the Thunder attack and keying the offense. Harry Roberts scored two second half goals for the Vipers as they finished winning 3-0.
The Port Storm (U12) were also in action, losing 2-1 to the Plainview United. The Storm started the game well, apparently scoring on a combination play by Danny Cohen and Evan Street. Unfortunately it was nullified by a borderline offsides call. Travis Roher, David Ehrlich, Will Frappolo and Lawrence Critchell led the defense. Goalies Jesse Stein (first half) and Evan Street (second half) allowed only one goal each. Jaquan Johnson, Dave Rafe and Robert Lewis played a strong midfield and Danny Cohen scored a second half goal but it was not quite enough.
In other action, the Thunder lost to Plainedge on Saturday, 1-0. The U14 Eagles won their Saturday game against Commack, 4-0. The U13 Wildcats won their Waldbaum's Cup game 4-1.
Two notes: There is no soccer (intramural or travel) during school vacation, please visit the website (pwsoccer.com) or talk to your coach or intramural commissioner if you have any questions. A thank you to the coaches and parents who have been helping with this column. It is truly, like the games, a team effort.