The Pierson boys soccer team has been tested early in the season.
Three non-league games against tough opponents in four days would have been hard enough, but the fact that the team was missing several key players due to injury, illness and other reasons made it even harder. On September 10, the Whalers lost 3-2 at Mount Sinai, a day after a tough 1-0 loss to two-time defending state Class C champion Port Jefferson. Pierson was missing several players in the loss to Mount Sinai, most notably senior Forrest Loesch, who can play any position on the field, and is the team’s vocal leader. Loesch was too sick to play.
Ian Barrett and Drew Harvey scored both of Pierson’s goals, both in the second half, but Mount Sinai got the win when Alex Giannantonio scored with 12 minutes left.
“We’ve had a very tough schedule at the beginning of this season, with three non-league games in four days,” head coach Peter Solow said. “Mount Sinai was the third game and not surprisingly we came out very flat. We played without intensity and focus.”
Solow said that midfielder Jack Fitzpatrick had a good game in the loss. Goalie Nick Stevens made nine saves.
Solow said he did not want the lack of certain players to be an excuse for his team’s loss to Mount Sinai.
“Ideally everyone would be available and contributing but we have to learn to play well with the resources we have and to play more effectively as a team,” he said. ”Hopefully we’ll have everyone available by Thursday.”
Pierson was scheduled to host Smithtown Christian to kick off League VIII play on September 17, and will travel to Stony Brook on Thursday, September 19, for a 4:30 p.m. game. The Whalers will host Southold on September 23 at 4:30 p.m.
The Lady Whalers got their season off to a good start in League VIII with a 3-1 win over Port Jefferson on the road on Thursday. Pierson won the first set 28-26, lost the second 25-20, and then won 25-19 and 25-17 to take the match.
Head coach Donna Fischer said her team’s serving was on point in the first set, with setter May Evjen setting the tone with four serves. Outside hitter Lilian Kunzeman followed with three serves, and Shannon Keane was the highlight of that set with eight consecutive serves and three aces. Libero Morgan Vaughn had five digs to lead the defense. Pierson did not serve as well in the second set, which was responsible for the loss, according to Fischer. She said they got back on track in the third and fourth sets, led by Keane with several blocks and three kills.
The Lady Whalers were scheduled to visit Ross on Wednesday, September 18, and will host Greenport/Southold on Tuesday, September 24, at 4 p.m.
The Lady Mariners took on powerhouse Elwood/John Glenn, the two-time defending Class B state champion, to kick off the season in League VII on September 10 at home, losing 25-9, 25-14, 25-13. Individual statistics were not provided. Southampton was scheduled to visit Mattituck on Tuesday, September 17, will host Hampton Bays on Thursday, September 19 at 4 p.m., and will visit Bayport/Blue Point for a 4 p.m. game on Monday, September 23.
The Bonackers unexpectedly had the week off, as their League VI opening match at Elwood/John Glenn, originally scheduled for Thursday, was cancelled, due to Glenn forfeiting the match for undisclosed reasons. The Bonackers were scheduled to host Mount Sinai on Tuesday, September 17, and will visit Miller Place for a 4:30 p.m. match on Thursday, September 19. The Bonackers will visit St. Anthony’s for a 7 p.m. non-league game on Saturday, September 21, and will visit Bayport/Blue Point for a 4:30 p.m. game on Monday, September 23.