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Led by Ryan Goncalves in the center of midfield, the Friars have a solid nucleus of returning players and key juniors to make another run at the state championship.
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 through August 13. Next up, we look back at the year that was in Long Island boys soccer
Welcome to MSGVarsity.com’s Memorable Mondays, a summer-long series that looks back on the top players, games and moments from the past season and gazes ahead to 2015-16. As the summer goes on, we’ll compile the lists and them post here. New lists will be posted every Monday at 3 p.m. In Week 2 of Memorable Mondays, we look back at the top five individual performances from 2014-15 on Long Island.
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.
Spaun was talking about being a member of the Suffolk All-Star soccer team that faced its Nassau counterparts Saturday at Diamond in the Pines in Coram.
And the pain in West's left foot was too much for the Bonackers boys soccer team to overcome as Greece Athena won the state Class A final, 4-2, Sunday.
Ilgin scored two goals, and Williams added one as Mattituck defeated Beekmantown, 3-0, Sunday at Middletown High School for the state Class B boys soccer title.
A day after scoring the overtime winner in a semifinal, Izzo had two goals in the second half to lead Commack over Fairport, 2-0, Sunday at Middletown High School for the state Class AA championship.
The St. Anthony’s boys soccer team captured a second consecutive CHSAA state championship Sunday night, beating Fordham Prep, 4-2, at Adelphi University. And in doing so, longtime head coach Gene Buonaiuto picked up win No. 400 in his illustrious career.
Before following his brother Brandon to Division III powerhouse Messiah College, Nick West became East Hampton’s messiah, scoring both goals in a 2-1 overtime victory over South Side Sunday at Dowling Sports Complex.
The Long Island Class A championship is on the line when East Hampton takes on South Side Sunday at noon from Dowling Sports Complex on #MSGV_Live.
The Long Island Class AA championship is on the line when Commack takes on MacArthur Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from Dowling Sports Complex on #MSGV_Live.
The CHSAA state championship is on the line when defending champion St. Anthony’s takes on Fordham Prep Sunday at 7:15 p.m. from Adelphi University on #MSGV_Live.
Southold (12-6) made it to a Class C regional final at Diamond in the Pines in Coram on Saturday. The First Settlers will not get any further, however. Hudson Valley-Rhinebeck advanced on penalty kicks, 3-1, and will play Lansing Saturday in a state semifinal at Middletown High School.
Godoy's goal lifted top-seeded East Hampton over No. 2 Comsewogue, 1-0, as the Bonackers captured the Suffolk Class A boys soccer title Friday night before a large crowd at Dowling Sports Complex in Shirley.
Behind a remarkable defensive effort by Nigro, Justin Cebollero and goalie Ryan Sinnott, No. 2 Commack defeated No. 4 Whitman, 1-0, for the Suffolk Class AA title at Dowling Sports Complex in Shirley. It's the Cougars' first county championship since 1995.
Now the Cyclones are Nassau County co-champions in Class A and have advanced to a Long Island championship. After two 15-minute overtimes with the score tied at 1, South Side advanced on penalty kicks, 3-2, against No. 2 Roslyn at Hofstra.
Three years removed from not winning a game, seniors Greg Baumstein and Anthony Rocchio scored second-half goals to help lift MacArthur to a 3-1 win over Syosset in the Nassau Class AA final in front of more than 1,600 fans at Hofstra Soccer Stadium Wednesday night.
Moran's goal, with 42 seconds left in overtime, lifted No. 2 Southold over top-seeded Pierson/Bridgehampton, 1-0, as the Settlers captured a second consecutive Suffolk Class C title.
The Nassau Class AA boys soccer title is on the line as fourth-seeded Syosset faces third-seeded MacArthur Wednesday at 6 p.m. from Hofstra University on #MSGV_Live.
Pugliese scored the winner with 2:09 left as No. 13 South Side upset top-seeded Great Neck North, 1-0, in a Nassau Class A semifinal at Farmingdale State College.
Gene Sicoli and Vincenzo Diliberti scored in a four-minute span in the first half to help lead host Commack to a 2-0 win over North Babylon in the Suffolk Class AA semifinals Monday afternoon.
Sean Zagorski was preparing to leap for an offensive header when, suddenly, a Brentwood defender accidentally headed it past his own shell-shocked goalkeeper to give No. 4 Whitman a 2-1 victory over No. 1 Brentwood in a Suffolk AA semifinal played before a loud, overflow crowd at Brentwood.
Behind the strength of its strong defense and three different scorers, second-seeded Roslyn defeated No. 6 Great Neck South, 3-0, Sunday in a Nassau Class A boys soccer semifinal at Farmingdale State College.
A berth in the Suffolk Class AA final is at stake when second-seeded Commack takes on No. 6 North Babylon in the semifinals Monday at 2 p.m. on #MSGV_Live.
Ilgin added another goal in the final minute as top-seeded Mattituck captured its fifth straight Class B county championship with a 2-0 win against rival Center Moriches, which was seeded second, at Diamond in the Pines in Coram.
In the first two rounds of the shootout, each team converted four of five kicks. In the third round, which was sudden death, Jonathan Graziosi's diving stop gave St. Anthony's a 10-9 penalty-kick advantage and the victory.
Three years removed from a winless season, MacArthur advances to the Nassau Class AA final for the first time in more than 20 years, beating Plainview JFK, 2-0, Friday night at Farmingdale State College.
Richie Rambarran and Matt Zipkowitz struck for second half goals as Syosset shocked defending state champion Massapequa, 2-0, in the Nassau Class AA semifinals Friday at Farmingdale State College.
It’s a battle of undefeated teams as Plainview JFK takes on MacArthur in the Nassau Class AA semifinals Friday at 7:30 p.m. on #MSGV_Live.
A berth in the Nassau Class AA boys soccer final is on the line as top-seeded Massapequa meets No. 4 Syosset in the semifinals at Farmingdale State College Friday at 5 p.m. on #MSGV_Live.
Sean Davis' overtime goal in the 94th minute sends Chaminade to the CHSAA final as Flyers defeat Kellenberg, 1-0 in the Catholic League boys soccer semifinals.
T.J. Butzke scored a goal in each half to help lift St. Anthony’s to a 2-0 win over St. John the Baptist in the CHSAA semifinals Tuesday afternoon at Mitchel Athletic Complex.
A shot to advance to the CHSAA boys soccer finals is on the line as Kellenberg and Chaminade tangle at Mitchel Field at 6:00 p.m. in the semifinals.
A berth in the CHSAA boys soccer final is on the line as St. John the Baptist faces St. Anthony’s in the first of a semifinal doubleheader from Mitchel Athletic Complex Tuesday at 4 p.m. on #MSGV_Live.
Chase Gurcan and Zach Capolongo had a goal and an assist apiece to help lead St. Anthony’s to a 2-1 win over St. John the Baptist Thursday night at Cy Donnelly Field.
Roros headed in the winner with 4.9 seconds left in the second overtime as visiting Hauppauge edged Huntington, 1-0, Wednesday to give the Eagles a share of the League IV title.
The interception return was, perhaps, the only real blip in a satisfying day for Hannigan -- a 21-14 win over Riverhead in Suffolk II -- but it illustrated what coach Sal Ciampi called one of his quarterback's biggest weapons: "He is physically and mentally as tough as any player I've ever coached."
Hakimian tossed the ball near the far post, where Hadjibay was waiting. Hadjibay, behind a scrum of players, received the ball and snuck it into the net for the winner as Great Neck North edged South Side, 2-1.
Ever Torres scored off a feed from Edgar Sorto in the 36th minute as Brentwood handed Commack, the top-ranked boys soccer team in the New York state coaches poll, its first loss of the season, 2-0, Thursday in League I.
For a second time this season, Brian Moran scored the winning goal against St. Anthony’s as Chaminade defeated the Friars, 2-1, in a pivotal CHSAA clash Thursday afternoon at Gold Star Stadium.
In the second half, the senior center midfielder headed in the winning goal to lift Plainview-JFK to a 2-1 win over Hicksville in a hard-fought Conference AA-2 showdown Wednesday afternoon.
Using that combination of science and skill, Garcia registered two crafty assists Wednesday to lead Ward Melville to a 3-1 victory over host Sachem North in a Suffolk I boys soccer game.
McDonnell put in the go-ahead goal with 20 minutes left, and Matt Aprile scored two goals as host Smithtown West defeated Half Hollow Hills West, 3-1, Monday in League III boys soccer.
Nigro is only about 5-9, but his impressive leaping ability helped him win several balls in the air, including the one he snagged midway through the second half that helped set up the winning goal.
In the third annual Delbarton Invitational Tournament the host team Green Wave grabbed an important three points in a 5-1 victory over St. John the Baptist in the first game of the double header Saturday.
Matt Vowinkel scored a pair of goals 10 minutes apart in the second half to help lift Chaminade to a 2-0 win over St. John the Baptist Thursday at Gold Star Stadium.
It’s a CHSAA boys soccer showdown between perennial powerhouses as St. John the Baptist takes on Chaminade at Gold Star Stadium Thursday at 4:15 p.m. on #MSGV_Live.
An early goal by Brian Moran and a sensational goalkeeping display by sophomore Yanni Rigos lifted Chaminade to a 1-0 win over St. Anthony’s, snapping the Friars 30-match unbeaten streak Tuesday night at Cy Donnelly Field.