Pierson boys soccer head coach Peter Solow admitted on Sunday afternoon that it has already been a trying season. He’s already had to deal with injuries and players who are ineligible for various reasons, not to mention that the Whalers did not play all that well in a scrimmage at Riverhead on September 4.
The Whalers, though, made their coach proud in their season opener on Saturday night, winning 2-0 at Westhampton Beach in what was a non-league game. Senior Drew Harvey scored both goals for Pierson, with one of them being assisted by junior Jack Fitzpatrick.
Solow explained that while Westhampton Beach is young, it still boasts a solid team. The Hurricanes had multiple chances to score in the second half and forced Pierson senior goalie Nick Stevens to earn the shutout. Stevens finished with nine saves.
“They were tough,” Solow said of the Hurricanes. “We’re very fortunate that we got the result that we did. We’ve went to Westhampton Beach a number of times and don’t usually come away with a win.
“Nick, if he keeps playing the way that he played yesterday, he’s going to be a factor in every game we play,” he added on Sunday. “He made some absolutely fantastic saves for us.”
Solow explained that offensively, his players were able to capitalize on the limited opportunities that they had, something they weren’t able to do last season. He’s hoping it’s a sign of things to come.
Pierson did suffer a l-0 non-league loss to Port Jefferson on Monday. Senior Royal Chris Julich scored his first varsity goal with 15 minutes remaining in the first half and Corey DeGroot made 11 saves in goal for the shutout. Stevens made 13 saves in net for Pierson.
Port Jefferson, who has won the past two Class C state titles, has been bumped up to Class B/League VII this season.
The Hampton Bays boys soccer team suffered a tough 3-2 double-overtime loss at Southold on Saturday.
With a little less than 3:30 remaining in the non-league game, Southold’s Will Richter corralled a rebound from about 20 yards out and booted a shot into the lower right-hand corner of the goal to pick up the victory for the Settlers.
Hampton Bays head coach John Paga said it was a very good game and gave credit to Southold for pulling out the win. He also admitted that the Settlers give his team fits; the Baymen lost 2-0 to Southold last season.
“They always play us tough,” he said. “I thought they were very solid. Not very dangerous up top, but they play good soccer.”
It was fitting that the game-winning goal came from about 20 yards out, since the first three goals of the game were scored from almost the same distance. Senior Cristian Iquia scored the first goal for the Baymen, followed by goals from Southold’s Brian Hallock and Drew Sacher.
With about six minutes remaining in regulation, Hampton Bays senior Nick Giannone tied the game at 2-2 to eventually force overtime. Paga said it was a tale of two halves, with Southold owning the first half and his team dominating play in the second half.
The Baymen bounced back from their loss over the weekend with a 4-2 victory at Westhampton Beach on Monday. Giannone had two goals in the first half for Hampton Bays, which led 3-0 at one point in the opening half. Seniors Moises Villareal and Cristian Iquia also scored for the Baymen.
Westhampton Beach junior Maynor Lopez scored his first varsity goal and senior Max Pastor made it a one-goal game with his first of the season in the second half.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Pierson—Tuesday, 9/17, vs. Smithtown Christian, 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, 9/19, at Stony Brook, 4:30 p.m. Westhampton Beach—Thursday, 9/12, vs. Harborfields, 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 9/17, at Comsewogue, 4:30 p.m. Hampton Bays—Tuesday, 9/17, vs. Babylon, 6 p.m.; Thursday, 9/19, at Southampton, 6:30 p.m.