Varsity Boys Soccer, What a Sesson!
On Saturday October 21st, the boys enjoyed a 3-0 win against perennial powerhouse South Side in the first round, a team that played in six of the past eight county finals. It was the first playoff win in five years for the Bulldogs. Eric Uzzo and Andrew Meneses scored in the first half, while Anthony Ruggiero saved a penalty kick early on the way to his 9th shutout of the season, with help from his stellar defensive unit consisting of Will Lynch, Derick Rivera, and Jon Martinez. Ryan Catalano scored off a Nick Carita throw-in, his team-leading 7th assist, to seal the game late.
In the quarterfinals on Wednesday Oct 25th, the boys faced Hewlett at in their final game on their home field. They jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on goals by Rich Imbro and Joe Gutierrez, assisted by Ryan Catalano. However, Hewlett tied it by the end of the half. The second half was a tense-filled half many with anxious moments. Both teams with their seasons on the line, left everything out on the field, but it would be the Bulldogs earning a trip to Hofstra when Niko Kellarakos scored his team-leading 9th goal of the season with 3 minutes left, sending the home crowd into a frenzy.
The magical run would end on Saturday October 28th, at Hofstra University. The boys ran into the 6th seeded Garden City Trojans. It was a well-played, hard fought game on both ends, with neither team able to break through on several chances. John Verdi, Ryan Kelly, Dylan Rivera, Aaron Rojan, Zach Schmidt, Ryan DeKenipp and Mark Darcy all contributed throughout the game. With 2 minutes left, however, Garden City was able to break through with a perfectly placed shot to give the Trojans the score they would need to clinch the win.
The boys accomplished a rare feat in reaching the Nassau County Class "A" Final Four. In addition to the team accomplishments, individual accomplishments included Scholar Athlete winner John Verdi, All Conference winners Derick Rivera, Jon Martinez, Rich Imbro, and Anthony Ruggiero, All-County Honorable Mention winners Nick Carita and Niko Kellarakos, and All-County winners Ryan Catalano and Will Lynch, as the boys had the most award winners voted for in their conference. Congratulations to all of our players and thank you for all of the community support.
Coach Ray Due