By Gavin Menu
The Pierson-Bridgehampton boys soccer team lost, 5-2, to Southold in the Suffolk County Class C Championship at Diamond in the Pines Park in Coram on Saturday afternoon. It was the second consecutive year that Pierson had its season come to an end on the same field, in the same championship game.
But unlike last year, where the Whalers were up against defending New York State champion Port Jefferson, the team this time around was the top seed and had beaten Southold twice during the regular season.
But Pierson, which won the League VIII title with a 9-01 record this year, came out flat on Saturday, and the disappointment was hard to hide in the end.
“We had talked about how we had to play in terms of intensity and the guys didn’t do it,” Solow said. “When we played well [this year], we played as well as anybody. The tragedy is we had played much better than we played today.”
As a result of the win, Southold will face Friends Academy for the Long Island Championship back at Diamond in the Pines on Tuesday at 12 p.m.
The Whalers actually struck first on Saturday when junior Jack Fitzpatrick dribbled a shot past Settlers goalie John Charles Funke for a 1-0 lead with less than four minutes gone in the game.
From that point on, however, the action was dominated by the Settlers. Drew Sacher scored the first of his three goals less than four minutes after Fitzpatrick put Pierson ahead, and Jack Dunne gave Southold the lead for good when sent a long ball from just inside the 40 yard-line toward the goal. The ball bounced through the hands of Pierson goalie Nick Stevens and fell into the net for an unlikely goal.
Sacher completed a hat trick off a penalty less than a minute into the second half, a goal that put Southold ahead 4-1 and helped further deflate the Pierson attack.
Fitzpatrick scored Pierson’s second goal, his 20th of the season, with just under two minutes to play.
Eight seniors suited up for the last time on Saturday, including Stevens, Ian Barrett, Oliver Betts, Forrest Loesch, Gavin O’Brien, Baxter Parcher-Charles and Marcos Perez, all of who will graduate in June.