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    Tournament time: NYS boys soccer

    by MSG Varsity on
    Fri, Nov 9, 2012 1:12 AM

    Updated Sun, Nov 18, 2012 11:53 PM
    Tournament time: NYS boys soccer
    Photo by Isaac Cass

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    CLASS AA

    State finals
    November 18
    at Middletown (grass), 1 p.m.


    Arlington 2, Brentwood 1

    Arlington (22-1) shocked undefeated Brentwood, 2-1, in Sunday's NYS Class AA championship at Middletown's Faller Field to take home the program's fourth state title. Brentwood entered the match a perfect 22-0 and was the No. 2-ranked team in the country, according to the NSCAA poll. 

    Admirals senior striker Jeff Greblick, who was named MVP of the final, scored the game's first goal in the 34th minute off a well-played through ball from David Verdis. Greblick ran onto the ball down the right side of the 18-yard box and blasted a shot that banged off the far post and in. Feeding off the momentum, Arlington struck again 40 seconds later. This time it was Verdis, who hammered home a rebound off a Greblick shot that ricocheted off the right post.

    Brentwood came out like a different team in the second half and almost immediately cut the deficit in half. Carlos Menjivar finished a pass from Carlos Escobar in the 41st minute, breathing life back into the Indians.

    Arlington's defense rose to the challenge over the final 39 minutes of the match to preserve the victory. Keeper Alex Fazio made a handful of his nine saves inside a hectic final five minutes of regulation. Fullback Pat Mogan did a standout job muscling up and shutting down Brentwood star midfielder Jonathan Interiano.

    State semifinals
    November 17
    at Middletown (turf)


    Arlington 2, Utica Proctor 0

    At Middletown's Faller Field, Arlington (21-1) advanced to the NYS Class AA finals with a 2-0 win over Section 3's Utica Proctor (16-4-1). Junior midfielder Chris Shea gave the Admirals a 1-0 lead in the 43rd minute, blasting a setup from Jeff Greblick into the roof of the net. Bryan Ashong cleaned up a rebound off a Greblick shot on a counterattack to cap the scoring in the 68th minute. Keeper Alex Fazio made seven saves to record the clean sheet. The Admirals will square off against top-ranked Brentwood (Section 11) in the championship tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Middletown's grass field. Arlington defeated Brentwood, 2-1, to win the program's last state title in 2006. Both powerhouses have won three state titles. 

    Regional finals
    November 13
    at Middletown (turf)


    Arlington 5, Washingtonville 0

    At Middletown's Faller Field, Arlington (20-1) cruised to a convincing victory over Section 9's Washingtonville (13-2-3). Senior striker Jeff Greblick led the way with two goals and an assist. Teamamtes David Verdis (1G, 1A), Collin Illiano (1G), Eric Eastman (1G) and Matt Povall (1A) rounded out the offensive production. Goalies Alex Fazio and Robby Kuhnle combined for eight saves to record a clean sheet. The Admirals will square off against Section 3's Utica-Proctor in the NYS Class AA semifinals on Saturday, November 17 at Middletown's Faller Field at 4 p.m.

    CLASS A

    State finals
    November 18
    at Middletown (grass), 10:30 a.m.

    Jericho 2, Port Chester 1

    Port Chester's bid for its first state title fell just short, as the Rams were unable to overcome an early 2-0 deficit against Long Island powerhouse Jericho. It marked the second straight state title for the Jayhawks, who finished the year at 20-1-1. Zach Cohen gave Jericho a 1-0 lead just one minute and 49 seconds into the match, slotting a low shot into the right corner of the net. Ajani Motta then made it 2-0 in the 10th minute on a counterattack. Senior captain Bryan Suertegaray tallied Port Chester's lone goal in the 12th minute, heading in a precise corner from Alexis Valdovinos. Despite getting out to a slow start, the Rams dominated the final 30 minutes of the first half, outshooting Jericho 8-5 while also taking seven corner kicks. But Jayhawks keeper Ari Lewis stood tall in the net, making 11 saves to preserve the victory. Port Chester finished the year at 19-2-2 and advanced to the state title for the first time in program history. 

    State semifinals
    November 17
    at Middletown (turf)

    Port Chester 2, Fowler 1 (OT)

    At Middletown's Faller Field, Port Chester's Preston Higgins scored the game-winning goal on a header off a precise cross from Alexis Valdovinos with 6:06 left in the first sudden-death 15-minute overtime period. The Rams will square off against defending NYS Class A champ Jericho in the championship tomorrow at Middletown's grass field at 10:30 a.m. Fowler's Jean-Paul Mboyo converted a penalty kick in the 11th minute to give the Falcons an early 1-0 lead. Port Chester senior midfielder William Ribiero, who dominated play box-to-box throughout all 89 minutes of the match, scored the equalizer on a looping volley in the 12th minute. 

    Regional finals
    November 12
    at Wright National Soccer Complex, Oneonta

    Port Chester 1, Maine-Endwell 0

    Port Chester striker Steven Hernandez was at it again in Monday's NYS Class A regional final against Section 4's Maine-Endwell. The freshman phenom scored the game's lone goal off an assist from Kevin Londono to lead the Rams into Saturday's NYS Class A final four. Port Chester will square off against Section 3's Fowler on Saturday, November 17 at Middletown's Faller Field at 11 a.m. Hernandez has now scored seven of Port Chester's nine playoff goals. Keeper Jose Gonzalez made 10 saves to record his 16th clean sheet of the season.

    CLASS B

    All teams from MSG Varsity's Westchester/Hudson Valley coverage area eliminated 

    Regional finals
    November 13
    at Diamond in the Pines in Coram, Long Island


    Mattituck 5, Spackenkill 4

    At Diamond in the Pines, Section 11 champ Mattituck outlasted Section 9 champ Spackenkill (13-6-2) in a high-scoring thriller. The Tuckers (16-3-1) outscored the Spartans 4-2 in the second half to advance to Saturday's NYS Class B semifinal against Section 5's Livonia at Middletown at 1:45 p.m. Alex Lanza paced Spackenkill with two goals. Teammates Caiden Williams and Kai Bjork added one goal apiece. Keeper Blake Kawalski made nine saves. David Burkhardt powered Mattituck with three goals and two assists. He setup Stephen Urwand's game-winning goal with 7:04 left in regulation. 

    Regional semifinals
    November 10
    at Middletown (turf)


    Spackenkill 0, Blind Brook 0 (Spackenkill advances on PKs, 4-2)

    At Middletown's Faller Field, Section 1's Blind Brook and Section 9's Spackenkill played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer before the game was eventually decided on penalty kicks. Spartans keeper Blake Kawalski (10 saves) came up with two clutch saves, while teammates Alex Lanza, Caiden Williams, Nicky Reynolds and James Hoey all converted from the spot. Kawalski made a diving save toward the lower left-hand corner on Alexander Thonnesen's kick to seal it. Spackenkill will square off against the winner of Mattituck (Section 11) and Carle Place (Section 8) in the regional finals on Tuesday, November 13 at Diamond in the Pines in Coram, Long Island at 5 p.m. It was a cruel way for Blind Brook's season to end. The Trojans outshot Spackenkill 26-6 and held the lion's share of possession, but they struggled mightily putting their shots on frame. In the lottery-like system of penalty kicks, Blind Brook simply came up short. Zach Streichler and Ross Elmaleh were the only shooters to find the back of the net. Providence-bound keeper Ben Seguljic made four saves through regulation and overtime, including a highlight-worthy one on Lanza in the 11th minute to keep the match scoreless.

    CLASS C

    All teams from MSG Varsity's Westchester/Hudson Valley coverage area eliminated 

    Regional semifinals
    November 10
    at Middletown's Faller field

    Rhinebeck 2, Schechter 1 (OT)

    At Middletown's Faller Field, Rhinebeck's Brandt Slayton scored the golden goal off an assist from Nick Hoynes with 4:25 left in the first overtime. The Hawks (17-2) will square off against the winner of Section 8 and Section 11 in the regional final on Tuesday at a site to be determined. Solomon Schechter (11-4-2) scored the game's first goal in the 41st minute, as Michael Franklin headed in a corner kick from Ari Leffell. Rhinebeck's Andy Rosenzweig tallied the equalizer in the 67th minute off a corner kick from Seth McClenahan. Sophomore keeper Ben Burton kept the Lions in the match with 11 saves.

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