Despite missing one of its top players in former All-American Michael Todd, the Hamptons South Fork Colonials men’s indoor soccer team came away with an impressive 6-2 win over CNY United at the Southampton Town Recreation Center on Saturday night.
The Colonials, who play in the Premier Arena Soccer League, are now 3-1 on the season.
Making up for the absence of Todd was Sebastian Alvarado, a former All Big East player at St. John’s University who was playing in his first game with the Colonials. Alvarado led the Colonials with three goals and an assist. His second goal of the evening proved to be the game-winner, giving the Colonials a 3-2 lead with 9:48 left in the second quarter.
Alvarado opened the scoring with a goal at the 10-minute mark of the first quarter and the Colonials added to their lead when Mark Knowles scored with 1:11 left in the first quarter. The United came back to tie the score at 2-2, scoring two goals in a short span at the start of the second quarter before Alvarado tallied the winner.
With 11:50 left in the third quarter, Carl Rydin gave the Colonials a 4-2 lead off an assist from team manager/player Andreas Lindberg, and Alvarado scored his final goal with 9:27 left in the third to extend the lead to 5-2. With 1:15 left in the final quarter, Alvarado provided an assist on the final goal which was scored by Brian Sosa.
Lindberg, who does not typically spend much time on the playing surface but rather coaches from the bench, was forced into more action than he is accustomed to as the Colonials were also missing key players Harald Gundhus, Peter Antoniades and Oskar Tilly.
Considering the team was missing several strong players and hadn’t had much practice time lately, Lindberg said he was quite happy with the victory.
“I’m delighted about the win,” he said, giving credit to Alvarado in particular. “He made a big difference for us. We needed him especially since Michael Todd was missing. I think we played pretty good especially since we haven’t been able to train together during Christmas and New Year’s with everyone being away in Europe.”
Lindberg said that an adjustment at halftime helped his team pull away for the victory.
“In the first half, I thought that the line with myself, Tony Shoshi and Carl Rydin wasn’t working well defensively,” he said. “They scored two goals on us because we weren’t covering and sliding properly. We talked about it at halftime and made some corrections and it made a big difference.”
Offensively, Alvarado was the star of the night and he even drew praise from the opposing team.
“Their coach said after the game that he was very impressed with him and that he played at the pro level,” Lindberg added.
Lindberg also credited Gary Easlick and Knowles for doing a good job defensively along with goalie Heiner Rodriguez, who made several spectacular saves.
The win, however, did not come without a price. Without the full complement of players, many members of the Colonial team exceeded their usual amount of time on the pitch. “I am so sore today,” Lindberg said, adding that he and several teammates spent the following day at the spa at Gurney’s Inn in Montauk “recovering.”
The Colonials will be back in action at the Southampton Town Recreation Center on Saturday, January 24, for an 8 p.m. game against Manchester FC and will be on the road for their next two games, squaring off against the New York Shockers on Friday, January 30, at 8 p.m. in Albany and taking on CNY United in Syracuse on January 31 at 8:45 p.m. They will be home again at the Southampton Town Recreation Center on February 7 for a 7 p.m. game against the New York Shockers.