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Burgess has proved that even though training and tactical racing ability is important, sometimes all that's needed is quick feet, raw talent, and the will to beat the runner next to you.
The senior midfielder led the Friars to their second straight state title last season. Despite often being double- or triple-teamed, Butzke scored nine goals and had seven assists. He scored the winning goal in overtime in the state semifinal against St. Joseph's.
During a practice in early October, after the Friars had dropped games to rivals St. John the Baptist and Chaminade, assistant coach Don Corrao made the announcement: Giuffrida would join seniors T.J. Butzke and Beau Hornberger as captains of a Friars team that was chasing a second straight state championship.
Commack allowed only three goals in the eight games after tying Ward Melville. The Cougars won each -- including the state championship game, in which they beat Fairport, 2-0. Anthony Izzo scored both goals.
Led by High School All-American and Long Island Player of the Year Kaan Ilgin, Mattituck throttled Skaneateles, 6-0, in the Class B semifinals and scored twice in the second half to put away Beekmantown, 3-0, in the title game. It was a dominant two-day stretch in Middletown.
It was a banner year for boys soccer on Long Island, which placed three players on the NSCAA All-American list. There were just seven players in New York State selected among 56 nationwide.