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Boys Soccer Bagels Three Foes

Thu, 03/25/2021 - 15:58

Going into Tuesday's game here with Elwood-John Glenn, the East Hampton High School boys soccer team, at 3-0-1, was vying with 3-0 Amityville for the League IV lead.

Since playing to a 1-1 tie with Hampton Bays on March 12, Don McGovern's team defeated Wyandanch 4-0 on the 15th, shut out Shoreham-Wading River 4-0 on the 17th, and blanked Bayport-Blue Point 2-0 here Friday.

Eric Armijos, a sophomore forward, had a hat trick at Wyandanch; Hudson Musnicki, Michael Ortiz, Alex Vanegas, and Robert Velez scored at Shoreham, and Matt McGovern, who had a goal at Wyandanch, accounted for both of East Hampton's goals in Friday's game.

"It's been a good run," Coach McGovern said during a telephone conversation over the weekend. "And we've got three games again this week. . . . We hope to be in the playoffs."

Friday's margin of victory could well have been greater, for the Bonackers had many chances against Bayport-Blue Point, a kick-and-run team. The fact that it had rained hard the day before, which led to funny bounces, and the fact that his players tended to fuss with the ball overlong in the box had worked against them, the coach said.

Matt McGovern scored in the game's opening minutes, gathering in a through pass from Christopher Pintado on the left side and beating Bayport's goalie high and to the right from about 15 yards out.

East Hampton nursed that slim lead for pretty much the remainder of the game, but McGovern came through again with a little more than a minute left as he one-touched into the nets a cross from Robert Rea, who had gathered in a corner kick that had sailed across the goal mouth.

Runners Undefeated

The boys cross-country team, coached by Kevin Barry, remained undefeated at 2-0 as the result of a 16-43 win over Miller Place at the 2.5-mile course at Cathedral Pines County Park in Middle Island on March 16.

Brayan Rivera led the way in 14 minutes and 22 seconds, followed by Evan Masi (second in 14:29), Amari Gordon (third in 14:29), Mikey Gilbert (fourth in 14:38), and Liam Fowkes (sixth, in 15:12). Manny Vilar, Colin Schaefer, Everett McCoy, Avery Siska, Aubrey Peterson, Chase Siska, and Colin Tyrell also ran that day, in a field of 40 competitors.

As for boys volleyball, it was an idle week for the team, one of whose players tested positive for Covid-19 on March 16. Quarantining, which caused the team to miss two games, was to have ended today, with Eastport-South Manor playing here at 6:15 p.m., Josh Brussell, the coach, said.

Further, Brussell said, "We have lost our first four games, but we have not had the same starting lineup yet. The boys are working hard and getting better each time we get to practice or play. We are very young, so our future is looking bright."

The golf team, coached by Rich King, is to begin its season tomorrow versus William Floyd at the Rock Hill Country Club in Manorville.

"We haven't finalized our varsity roster yet," King said in an email Monday, "but we have a very talented young crop of golfers. James Bradley, Trevor Stachecki, Nico Horan-Puglia, and J.P. Amaden will contend for the top spots in our lineup. They've been playing on their own during the pandemic, but they haven't been playing consistently since the fall. At any rate, we're very happy to be back!"

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