Port Jeff needs OT to win first LIC
With Blake Bohlen coming up the sideline, Vincent Antonelli darted toward the middle of the field. The Port Jefferson duo has been lethal on the left side, a chemistry they've developed over 10 years of playing soccer together.
"When I saw [Bohlen] coming down the sideline I already knew what was going on. I knew what I had to do," Antonelli said. "I made a run to the middle and when I got a ball there was no one around me so I had to choose a shot either left or right. I saw the goalie was off his line a little to his right so I placed it in the left pocket."
Said Bohlen, "I knew Vinny was in there and we've been doing it all year. Once I put it across I knew he was going to bury it."
Antonelli did bury it, scoring the golden goal with 4:53 left in the first overtime period to give Port Jefferson its first Long Island Class C boys soccer championship, 1-0, over Friends Academy Tuesday at Diamond in the Pines. Port Jefferson (16-1-1) advances to the Southeast Regional final against Alexander Hamilton (Sec. I) on Saturday.
Port Jefferson had several opportunities in the first half but could not capitalize. The Royals had four corner kicks in a span of just more than two minutes late in the first half but could not connect for a goal.
"You're getting more of the opportunities, you're carrying the play and yet you don't seem to finish," Port Jefferson coach John Poulianos said. "You're always thinking, 'this team at any moment, one mistake then that haunts you.' "
The Quakers controlled possession for most of the second half but managed just one shot against Port Jeff's Gabe Davis, who made five saves.
Eli Rousso made 10 saves for Friends Academy (6-4-4).