The Pierson boys soccer team moved to 1-0-1 in League VIII, 2-2-1 overall, after a win and a tie in two league games last week.
The Whalers started off with a 1-1 draw at home against Smithtown Christian on October 17, and followed up that effort with a 3-2 victory over Stony Brook on the road two days later.
In the win over Stony Brook, Pierson was the more dominant team in the first half, going up 2-0. Stony Brook cut it to 2-1 early in the second half, but Drew Harvey gave Pierson some breathing room again with a goal after that. Stony Brook scored the final goal of the game on a penalty kick. Jack Fitzpatrick and Jesus Padilla also scored for Pierson, while Fitzpatrick also had an assist.
Starting goalie Nick Stevens made three saves but only played the first half, as an injury forced him to the bench for the remainder of the game. Duncan Bennett replaced him in goal in the second half and made four saves. Bennett usually plays in the field, but Pierson head coach Peter Solow said he did “a very solid job” filling in for Stevens.
Against Smithtown Christian, Pierson led 1-0 at halftime off a goal from Fitzpatrick, assisted by Gavin O’Brien. In the second half, Smithtown Christian tied it on a goal that Solow described as a defensive breakdown by his team.
Solow said his team missed out on a chance to get a win in that game. “We dominated the first half of the Smithtown Christian game, but we didn’t put them away,” he said. “They scored on a missed defensive assignment on a corner kick. If we want to be competitive, we need to improve our play and get 100 percent from everyone.”
ON THE SCHEDULE: Wednesday, 9/25, at Knox School, 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9/28, vs. Greenport, 4:15 p.m.; Tuesday, 10/1, at Eastport South Manor (non-league), 6 p.m.