By Benito Vila
Last Sunday was a day made for soccer as Southampton Youth Services hosted a high-school tournament indoors at its facility on Majors Path. Participating this year for the fifth annual Supervisor’s Cup were teams from Pierson, East Hampton, Southampton, Westhampton, Center Moriches and Longwood, East Hampton making off with the prize with a 2-0 win over Longwood
Pierson varsity soccer coach Donnelly McGovern was on hand to direct members of his team, reporting afterwards, “We bested East Hampton 1-0 in our opening match of the day, and we entered the knock-out phase as the number one seed. But anything can happen when it comes down to all-or-nothing and they [East Hampton] came out ahead in the semi-final 3-2 in a very exciting match.”
Coach McGovern said the event “allowed returning and potential varsity players to play against other high school players in a very competitive environment. It allowed me to see our players against players other than each other. We have been playing since the season ended outside two days a week, even in the snow, ice, and rain, and our players have also been utilizing the work-out rooms at Pierson to maintain their fitness.” Coach McGovern added, “it was great fun to see the boys in action against some quality opponents. We did a nice job defending collectively and creating some great scoring opportunites.”
In describing the play of the potential 2009 Whalers Sunday, Coach McGovern reported, “Tyler Gilbride, Jake Federico, and Christian Gonzalez worked very hard to create opportunities. They each scored goals that were definitely highlights of the day for me. Christian Bautista, Oscar Reyes, Oscar-Eduardo Reinosa, and Nico McMahon worked extremely well throughout the day as they generated many scoring chances. Other highlights included the play of Mark Mahoney. He was very strong and confident in the goal and made some critical stops in each match we played. Greg Rojano, Gavin Kudlak, Nicholas Gratto (a guest player from Eastport-South Manor) and Jefferey Schimmer were tenacious in the defensive third as they won balls and started our attack.”
More Indoor Soccer
SYS has indoor soccer leagues and clinics throughout the winter, the current sessions running into April. For more information, contact Joy Pariz at 287-1511.
The Hampton-South Fork Colonials, a semi-professional team playing in the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL), closed out its regular season schedule at SYS on Saturday with a 10-7 win over Central New York United (Syracuse).
The Colonials will meet the New York Shockers in Albany this Saturday in a divisional championship final. Saturday’s winner advances into the PASL tournament, taking on champions from the league’s eight other North American divisions. For more information on the Colonials, visit arenaleague.com.