Close Games For ESM Boys Soccer; Girls Split Shutouts

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Failure to capitalize on opportunities was the underlying factor for the Eastport South Manor boys soccer team this past week as the squad played to a scoreless tie with Rocky Point on September 17 at home and lost to Harborfields, 2-1, in overtime on the 19th.

After trailing 1-0 for almost the entire second half against Harborfields, Michael Flynn scored his first varsity goal with just two minutes to go in the game to tie things up at 1-1. Neither team managed to break the tie until Tornado Kian Khajooei found the back of the net with just 56 seconds to go in overtime to give his team the victory.

“We had a chance to win that game,” ESM head coach Pete Novellano said. “We’re down 1-0 with just two minutes left and we score. Then we have a free kick after that but didn’t finish. We had our chances, we just didn’t do anything with them.”

Against Rocky Point, the Sharks couldn’t manage to get anything going on offense, but fortunately the defense was able to keep Rocky Point from doing the same as both teams notched the first ties of the season.

“They are definitely a more experienced team than we are,” Novellano said of Rocky Point. “They’re a decent team that can definitely create some trouble for some of the teams in the league. We had our chances in that game but we just couldn’t score.”

While the Sharks didn’t come out on the winning side in either game, Novellano said ties and one-goal games are going to be the norm.

“League V is very balanced this year,” he said. “Games will be decided by a goal here and there, with the exception of Sayville, who is at the top of the league.”

The Sharks were slated to travel to Comsewogue on September 23 and host Westhampton Beach on September 25. In those two games, the lineup was going to see some changes as the squad was scheduled to have two players return to the field from early season injuries. Ryan Richer was slated to be back in the lineup on Monday and Aleks Cusamano on Wednesday. Coach Novellano believes that having Richer back on defense and Cusamano in front will give the team an all-around boost.

The squad will head to Islip on September 27.

ESM Girls

The ESM girls team found itself on both sides of lopsided shutouts this week in a pair of home League V contests.

The Lady Sharks dominated Rocky Point, 4-0, on September 18 but then were on the losing side of a 5-0 match against Harborfields two days later.

In their first league victory of the season, the Lady Sharks played to a scoreless tie at the half against Rocky Point before piling on the goals in the second half.

Tara Gomez put the first goal on the board eight minutes into the second half and the score remained 1-0 until Jordan Steinroder’s goal made it 2-0 10 minutes later. Nijay Brown and Alexandra Connors each scored once to round out the Lady Sharks scoring at four.

Following the dominant victory over Rocky Point, the Lady Sharks were shut out by Harborfields.

The Lady Sharks were scheduled to play Comsewogue on the road on September 24 and host Westhampton Beach on September 26. ESM will play at Islip on September 30.

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