The Eastport South Manor boys soccer team suffered a 1-0 non-league loss on Saturday morning at home to Mount Sinai, much to the surprise of head coach Peter Novellano.
Novellano said his team, which is basically starting from scratch this season because it lost so many players to graduation, played much better in a scrimmage at William Floyd on September 4. But on Saturday, Novellano was visibly upset with how his team played against Mt. Sinai, which got a goal from Dave Fernandez in the 74th minute of the game to nab the victory.
“We scrimmaged Floyd and played excellent,” Novellano said. “It’s just so surprising when you have such a young team and you think you’re moving in a good direction, and then we kind of played down to the level of the other team. It was kind of a disappointment.”
Novellano did point out that Thomas Biassetti (12 saves) played solid in goal, as did senior captain Jacob Black, one of the lone holdouts from last year’s playoff team.
“Jacob is always leaving it out on the field,” Novellano said. “The rest of them need to start playing together and put it together as a team.”
The ESM girls soccer team had an exciting start to its season on Saturday in a non-league game at home against Patchogue/Medford.
With the game tied at 1-1, an ESM player was taken down in the box, so the officials awarded the Lady Sharks a penalty kick with only 14 seconds remaining in the game. Jordan Steinroeder took the shot and was successful, giving ESM the come-from behind victory.
The Lady Raiders took a 1-0 lead on Jordan Brown’s goal in the 50th minute. Rebecca Tooker responded five minutes later to tie the score for ESM.
The victory was the first for the Lady Sharks under new head coach Becky Thorn, who is taking over for the departed Nicole Massari. Thorn played soccer in high school, and was planning on playing in college, until she was introduced to lacrosse her sophomore season. Thorn is also the girls varsity lacrosse coach at ESM.
Thorn still loves soccer, though. She coached the junior varsity team the past two seasons and still plays in a over-26 league. Since a lot of the girls on the soccer team also play lacrosse, the transition has been pretty smooth.
“They know the expectations of me with winning,” Thorn said.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Boys—Friday, 9/13, vs. Sayville, 3:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 9/17, vs. Rocky Point, 6 p.m. Girls—Monday, 9/16, vs. Sayville, 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 9/18, vs. Rocky Point, 4 p.m.