Over the Memorial Day weekend three of Port's four U11 Boys teams played in a rainy tournament in Commack.
The Warriors squared off against the Thunder in a memorable game. Rain pelted players, coaches, and fans. In a game marked by furious back-and-forth play by both teams, Bobby Herz scored for the Warriors midway through the first half. Exhibiting fine team play the Thunder returned the favor on a goal by Kyle Johnson in the second half. Then, with five minutes left, thunder and lightning punctuated the rain and forced an early decision, 1-1. In their final game the Warriors needed a win to advance to the playoffs. Unfortunately they were unable to score against a tenacious Elwood defense, ending with a 0-0 tie. It was the Warriors first tournament and they found themselves playing up a division in most games. The Thunder, playing down a couple key players, tied with the Warriors for third.
The Vipers showed flashes of an offense that has been sometimes elusive, as well as their usual tough defense. In the opening round they won three games by a combined 11-3 score, losing only once in a physical game in heavy rain, 2-3. This success earned them a top seed in the playoffs. In the quarterfinal they defeated the Elwood Storm 2-1. Then, in a well-played final, the Vipers battled a determined Carle Place team only to run out of gas in the second overtime period. The second-place showing is the best by the Vipers in three tournament tries, and is made even sweeter by the fact that for most of the tournament they fielded only 10 healthy players. Some highlights: Matt O'Dell had a hat trick, Harry Roberts had six assists, Rich Imperatore had a "career game" in goal. The Vipers were the only team to score against Carle Place and defeated them 1-0 in the opening round.
On May 19, in spirited third grade intramural play, the Vikings battled the tough O'Reilly/Roberto team. The Vikings held on to win the nail-biter, 6-5. Fleet-footed Ian Tucker scored the final goal on a breakaway. Liam Neville had a hat trick (three goals) for the victors, Evan Samson scored on a penalty kick and Taylor Kemper added the sixth. David Yedid was great in goal, saving a number of shots that would have tied the game, including a penalty shot. Sammy Cagirici, Dan Sapienza and Jamie Vergara played inspired defense.
Jonathan Commisso led the O'Reilly/Roberto team with tenacious play and two goals scored. Gabriel Pena also scored and played forward. Bailey Chan made some wonderful saves and deep goal kicks. Justin Joyce, Andy Chiu, Jeep Roberto and Eddy Barrerra were strong in the midfield and on defense.
In other action, the Boehm team defeated the Elton team 4-1. Andrew Vasquez fired in two goals and Donald Boehm and Peter Maxted scored one apiece for the victors. Rohit Khullar, Marco Bertolotti, Justin Nicholson and Ronny Gonzalez provided valuable support to both attack and defense.
Kyle Johnson scored the lone goal for the Elton team. Sean Graf and Ryan Elton ran down many balls in midfield. Luke Aiston, Ross Balaban, Owen Davidoff and Jordan Ruiz played tough defense.
The Port Stingrays (Girls U13) celebrated a 2-1 victory against the Plainedge Rage June 3 as the season winds down. In a Port Washington dominated first half, the Stingrays' Gabby Weiss scored the first goal on a direct kick to the right corner of the net from the left side of the field. Plainedge, while defending at least 15 more shots on goal in the first half, was unable to stop Katherine Ripullone from receiving a corner kick pass and executing a brilliant shot on goal that sailed over five defenders' heads into the back of the net, for a 2-0 lead at half time. Sarah Weiss, defending the Port Washington goal, saves several direct shots on goal and did an outstanding job as goalie. Plainedge did manage to slide one by in the second half but was unable to even up the score.