Indoor soccer team wins debut at SYS

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The Hamptons South Fork Colonials indoor men’s soccer team won its debut game in the Premier Arena Soccer League at the Southampton Town Recreation Center on Saturday night, getting past the New York Shockers 5-4 in overtime. Harald Gundhus scored the game-winner for the Colonials with his second goal of the night, in the five-minute sudden-death period to lead his team past the Albany-based squad, which has won the New England Conference four out of the last five years.

Team president Andreas Lindberg scored the tying goal to force overtime with three minutes left in the fourth quarter.

The teams were tied at 2-2 after the first half. Matt Tedesco of the Shockers scored the first goal of the game with 10:42 left in the first 15-minute quarter before East Hampton graduate Tony Shoshi tied the game with 5:20 left in the first quarter off an assist from Mark Knowles. Alister Whithsie gave New York a 2-1 lead with a goal at the 12:42 mark of the second quarter before Gundhus’s first goal tied the game with 2:46 left in the half off an assist from Southampton College alum Oskar Tilly.

A goal by Pat Schultz gave the Colonials a 3-2 lead in the third quarter, but New York scored the next two goals to take the lead before Lindberg notched the tying goal.

“It was awesome,” Lindberg said of the victory. “Since we’ve only trained together once, I don’t think we could have asked for more.”

Lindberg—the former men’s soccer coach at Southampton College—put together the men’s indoor team this season as part of a larger vision to give soccer more of a presence in the East End community. Lindberg and several of his peers—many of whom are members of the HSF team—are also active as coaches for local Long Island Junior soccer teams. Youth teams competed during halftime of the first game and Lindberg said that will be a regular occurrence at the team’s home games at SYS this season.

Admission for the Colonials’ home games is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 16.

“Overall, I think it went great,” Lindberg said of the debut game. “The people that came loved it and thought it was great entertainment and value for their money.”

The Premier Arena Soccer League was founded in 1997 and is the largest international indoor league in the world. The league includes 51 teams in nine divisions across the U.S. and is the official amateur development league for the Professional Arena Soccer League.

The Colonials’ next home game will be at SYS on January 17 at 7 p.m. against CNY United. For more information, visit arenaleague.com.

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