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All summer long, MSG Varsity brings you a recap of the past year in Long Island’s top high school sports. We’ll publish a new “Year in Review” article every Thursday. Next up, we look back at the year that was in Long Island boys soccer.
Freshman Rolman Guardado scored two goals, including the winner, as Amityville defeated Grand Island, 3-2, in a boys soccer Class A state semifinal Saturday.
Michael Lorello converted two penalty kicks and Witman Hernandez also scored twice as the Whitman boys soccer team earned its first state championship with a 5-1 win over Ballston Spa on Sunday in the Class AA final.
Hernandez had three goals, Michael Lorello had two and Anthony Palazzolo had a goal and an assist as Whitman (19-1-1) earned a date with Ballston Spa at 3 p.m. Sunday.
The Flyers scored early and often, sharing the wealth offensively and locking things down defensively in a 5-0 victory over Canisius in the CHSAA state final at St. John’s Belson Stadium.
Josue Martinez scored with 3:30 left to extend a one-goal lead on Sunday as Amityville beat Pearl River, 2-0, in the Class A final to win its first state boys soccer title.
Walt Whitman (18-1-1), ranked No. 5 on Long Island and No. 14 in the Tri-State by MSG Varsity, advances to the New York State Class AA semifinals to face Hilton at Middletown High School Saturday at 4:15 p.m.
Guardado scored the lone goal in the 99th minute to lift Amityville to a 1-0 double overtime win over Floral Park in the Long Island Class A final at Farmingdale State College.
The Knights captured the school's first Nassau Class A title in the sport, defeating perennial powerhouse Jericho, 3-2, Wednesday night on three spectacular headers by senior Jonathan Ferone. It was a thoroughly entertaining game played before a roaring crowd of more than 800 fans at Bethpage High School.
In a rematch of last year’s semifinals, Walt Whitman and Brentwood meet for the Suffolk Class AA title at Dowling Sports Complex Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on MSGVarsity.com
Connor McPartland came up with two big-time saves in a penalty kick shootout, quite literally giving his team a safety net as the Comets defeated Massapequa 4-2 on penalties after playing to a 1-1 draw in the Nassau Class AA final at Bethpage High School.
Walt Whitman, which defeated Brentwood in last year’s semifinals, captured its first Suffolk title since 1996. The Wildcats advance to take on Hicksville in the Long Island Class AA final Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at Farmingdale State College.
Solomon Schechter School of Westchester's Miles Ogihara scored on a breakaway with 36 seconds remaining to defeat the Settlers, 1-0, in a NYSPHSAA Southeast Regional semifinal Wednesday at Lakeland High School.
What seemed like a foregone conclusion at the start of the season is a reality now as St. Anthony’s and Chaminade meet for the NSCHSAA title for a second consecutive year Wednesday at 7 p.m. on MSGVarsity.com
The sophomore midfielder delivered a shot that was deflected into the net by Long Island's leading scorer, Gianluca Santacruz, with 2:41 remaining in the second overtime to give Southampton a thrilling 1-0 victory over Carle Place in the Long Island Class B championship game at Diamond in the Pines in Coram.
Junior scores winning goal two minutes from halftime on the first of two Witman Hernandez assists as Walt Whitman defeated Smithtown West, 2-0, in the Suffolk Class AA semifinals.
Smithtown West faces Walt Whitman in the Suffolk Class AA boys soccer semifinals Monday at 2:15 p.m. live on MSGVarsity.com
Massapequa brushed off bad memories of last year's semifinal loss with a 2-0 victory over Plainview-JFK on Sunday afternoon, earning a berth to the Nassau AA championship game.
The Mariners (18-0) never thought they would need penalty kicks to defeat a Wyandanch team they beat 5-1 and 3-0 in two regular-season meetings. They have scored a school-record 90 goals this year, just three shy of second place in Suffolk history, according to coach David Riley.
Cordt Weinstein found the back of the net in the ninth minute for the only game of the night as St. Anthony's defeated St. John the Baptist 1-0 in the NSCHSAA semifinal.
St. John the Baptist looks to play spoiler to St. Anthony's run at a second-straight NSCHSAA title when the two squads meet in the semifinals Thursday at 5 p.m. on #MSGV_Live.
The junior missed the last five matches with a groin injury, but his 12 goals were only two behind Glen Cove's Delwin Hernandez's 14 for the most in Nassau.
Sophomore Nick Honor scored off a cross from his brother Kyle, a senior, with 5:19 remaining to give the No. 9-seeded Patriots a 1-0 victory over host No. 8 North Babylon on Tuesday in a Suffolk AA first-round playoff game. They will play at No. 1 Brentwood on Friday.
The Wildcats accomplished their postseason goals with four games remaining in the regular season. Now they'll head into the playoffs after a 10-win season, which included a second-place finish in Suffolk VI at 9-1-2 after ending their season with a 5-1 victory against Bayport-Blue Point Tuesday.
Chaminade played a well-rounded 90 minutes to notch a 2-1 victory over St. Anthony's, earning the No. 1 seed in the NSCHSAA playoffs.
Smithtown West and Huntington look to keep their respective win streaks alive as the squads, both ranked in the top-10 on Long Island, square off Wednesday at 4 p.m. on #MSGV_Live.
Host Westbury had chance after chance in the second half Friday, but Plainview JFK thwarted each one and locked up its second straight Nassau AA-III championship with a scoreless draw. Coach Christine Ho said this was the first time in her 16 years with the program that Plainview JFK has repeated as league champions.
After missing out last year, the Indians defeated visiting Hewlett, 2-0, on Thursday to lock up a spot in the Nassau Class A boys soccer playoffs.
St. Anthony's, ranked No. 1 on Long Island and No. 4 in the Tri-State by MSG Varsity, looks for a regular season sweep over St. John the Baptist Thursday at 4:15 p.m. on #MSGV_Live.
Nine seconds into the game, Brentwood senior forward Alejandro Callejas took a pass from senior Rayneri Ruiz and scored from the right wing. The goal may have happened in an instant, but its impact lasted for the remaining 79 minutes and 51 seconds of the Indians' 1-0 victory over Commack that clinched them at least a tie for the Suffolk I title.
Luckily for the Knights, that's exactly what happened as Glenn held on to a 2-1 victory Wednesday at Miller Place High School in Suffolk VI boys soccer. Glenn (12-0-2, 8-0-2 Suffolk VI) moved into first place in the league with the victory and Spalding, who made seven saves and has only allowed six goals all season, proved key in fighting off a late Miller Place rally.
Gianluca Santacruz notched an assist to set the Mariners' single-season record with 23. His pass set up Jesse Scanlon for the first of his two goals that gave him a school-record 27 for the season, according to coach Dave Riley. And most importantly, Southampton clinched the Suffolk VII boys soccer title with an action-packed 6-3 victory over host Mattituck on Monday.
Regardless, those who showed up to Miller Place High School Wednesday saw Hirdt score his seventh goal of the season to give the Panthers a 1-0 victory. Hirdt recovered a loose ball about 30 yards from the goal. He immediately put a shot on net and beat the diving East Hampton keeper to the left side of the net. kicking a line drive with 10:50 remaining in the first half.
After a disappointing loss earlier this week, Hills West hopes to bounce back with a matchup against East Islip Thursday at 4 p.m. on #MSGV_Live.
Lofgren made an all-out diving save on Sills' blast from straight away 10 minutes into the second half of what turned out to be a 0-0 boys soccer game that matched Nassau ABC-III contenders at West Hempstead Middle School.
The sophomore forward tapped in Brendon Hornedo's throw-in with 21:50 left to break a tie and lead the Dalers to a 2-1 win Monday over visiting Calhoun in a Nassau AA-II/AA-IV boys soccer crossover.
Jonathan Benitez knows precisely where the bumps are and how to play them. That does not surprise coach Chris Valentini, who watched as Benitez took a pass from Jonathan Guardado, dribbled left to right along the top of the box and fired a shot into the bottom right corner with five minutes remaining to lead Westbury to a 2-1 win over Syosset on Friday.
The early-morning session paid dividends as host Glenn beat Miller Place, 1-0, in front of about 200 fans. And the play that resulted in the victory is exactly what the Knights had worked on in the morning.
The 5-8 senior midfielder got his head on a handful of balls against Syosset on Friday. None was more important than his header midway through the first half for the first goal in the Chiefs' 2-0 win.
Yes, Commack lost a few key pieces to graduation after its Class AA state title. But the Cougars still return goalkeeper Ryan Sinnott, who posted 13 shutouts last year. Striker Anthony Izzo, who scored all three goals for Commack in its two games at the state tournament, is back. Midfielder Scott Cebollero will take on a more prominent role.