The roar of "The Port Washington Thunder" was heard in Syosset on Saturday, April 28 when our Boys U11 team defeated Syosset. In an exciting first half dominated by Port Washington, Jackie Nick scored the first and only goal. Just after the half Syosset evened the score with a kick that managed to skitter into the net. Minutes later a "right back at you" kick by Nick Kostallas gave the Thunder a 2-1 lead. He scored again with just minutes left in the game, threading through the Syosset defense for a final score of 3-1.
The Port Stingrays (Girls - U14) played Bethpage twice this last weekend, first in a Waldbaum's Cup quarter-final and then in a league game. Both were physically-played, nail-biters. In the first game the Stingrays came out hard and took a 1-0 lead into the half on Gabby Weiss' goal. However, Bethpage scored with under 20 and then with under five minutes left to eliminate the Stingrays from the Cup, 2-1.
In the league game, it was Bethpage coming out strong, leading 3-0 at the half. Stingray goalie Caitlin Fitzpatrick was injured on a short penalty kick. First-time goalie Catherine Ripullone replaced Caitlin. The Stringrays took over in the second half. Their defense, led by Katie Hayden, shut down Bethpage. Sarah Weiss scored from the left, then Gabby Weiss scored from the right. Finally, with only two minutes remaining, Natalie Brilliant tied the game with a left side angle shot.
The Port Warriors (Boys-U11) continued their winning ways with a 4-3 victory over the Ellwood Storm. The Warriors jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on goals by Jose Zelaya and Ignacio Del Valle. The Storm then climbed back to tie the game 2-2 by halftime. The Warriors then took control with a solid game on both sides of the ball, featuring crisp passing and excellent defense, building a 4-2 lead. The defense was inspired by goalie Michael Ziegelbaum's outstanding save early in the second half, thwarting a Storm opportunity. The Warriors then controlled the rest of the game only allowing a Storm goal in the final minute to make the score close. The Warriors are now 3-1-0 in league play.
The Port Thunder and the Port Vipers (Boys-U11) met May 5 for the second time this season. The Thunder controlled the first 45 minutes of play. Erik Johnson played well at forward and Jackie Nick scored twice for a 2-0 lead. Then Jackie blasted a penalty kick that was stopped by a superb play by Vipers' goalie Nick Balterman. The Vipers then came alive with a furious assault. Sam Glickman fed Matt Siegel for a goal but Thunder goalie Conner Broderick made several excellent saves to preserve a 2-1 victory. The win moves the Thunder into second place in their division.
The Vipers tied the Freeport Arsenal Sunday 3-3. Harry Roberts scored two goals for the Vipers and passed to Sam Glickman for the third. Brent Gillespie also had a strong game at forward. The Viper defense, led by Will Rizzo, Victor Martinez and Erik Schroeder turned back several Arsenal opportunities to preserve the tie.
The Port Cyclones (Girls-U15) defeated the New Hyde Park Star Cats 5-2 Saturday. In the first half Cyclone goalie Jessica Pymm had several saves but NHP managed two goals, one on a penalty. However, in the second half defenders Anne Bollerman, Catherine Cahn, Amanda Otte, Robin Schecter and Ellie Van Nostrand did a great job keeping the ball away from their goal. The Cyclones' offense also came alive in the second half with Jenna Frappaolo and Lauren Cropacek each scoring twice. Colleen Oates scored the final goal to seal the victory.