The Eastport South Manor boys soccer team emerged victorious in the latest episode of the crosstown rivalry, defeating Westhampton Beach, 3-2, at home on September 25.
With the game tied at 2-2, and just about eight minutes remaining in the game, Mike Flynn threw the ball to Aleks Cusumano, who then flicked the ball into the box, where Anferny Cardona headed the ball into the goal to give the Sharks a 3-2 lead.
Cardona, a late transfer from Center Moriches, had scored the game’s first goal of the game early in the first half. Then Jacob Black gave ESM a 2-0 lead on a penalty kick, after a hand ball in the box by Westhampton Beach.
The Hurricanes, though, added a tally just before the first half ended. Max Pastor took the ball into the box and kicked it off ESM goalie Thomas Biasetti and into the goal. Eric Hayes tied the game for Westhampton Beach later in the second half, but that was all the Hurricanes could come up with.
It was the first victory of the season for ESM (1-3-2 in League V, 1-5-2 overall), which also played to a 1-1 tie at Islip on Friday. Westhampton Beach (0-5 in League VI, 0-8-1 overall) is still searching for its first victory after a 6-0 loss at home to Sayville on Friday.
“It’s been a little rough,” ESM head coach Peter Novellano said. “It’s a rebuilding year, but I feel we’re on our way to getting back on track. The past two games have been the best we’ve played this season. Hopefully, those two games will get us on some sort of a roll going into second half of the season.”
ESM’s Ray Cirko scored with 20 minutes remaining in the game to force overtime against Islip. He received a nice through ball from Black and scored from the 18-yard box.
Biasetti made 15 saves in goal for ESM.
ESM’s Rebecca Tooker scored 1:15 into the game on Thursday, September 26, and that was all the scoring either teams could muster in a 1-0 victory at home over Westhampton Beach.
Sophia DiBlanda made three saves in the shutout for ESM (2-3 in League V, 3-5 overall), while Kathleen Mensch made 12 saves in goal for the Lady Hurricanes (0-3-1 in League V, 1-5-1 overall).
It was a tough week for the Lady Canes, as they also lost, 6-0, at home to Islip on September 24 and fell, 7-2, in a non-league game at Elwood/John Glenn on Saturday. ESM lost its other game last week, 2-0, at Comsewogue.
Westhampton Beach has had a hard time coming up with any sort of offense, so in Saturday’s game at Glenn, Westhampton Beach head coach Erika Habersaat made a few changes in the second half, and it resulted in two goals. It was the team’s first two goals since defeating William Floyd, 3-2, back on September 12.
Habersaat moved Kennedy Skala up from her usual defense position and put her up top and she wound up scoring one of the goals. Julianne Robbins scored the other goal for the Lady Canes.
ON THE SCHEDULE: ESM boys—Thursday, 10/3, at Sayville, 4 p.m.; Monday, 10/7, at Rocky Point, 4 p.m. Westhampton Beach boys—Thursday, 10/3, at Harborfields, 4 p.m.; Monday, 10/7, vs. Comsewogue, 4 p.m. ESM girls—Saturday, 10/5, at Sayville, 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 10/8, at Rocky Point, 4 p.m. Westhampton Beach girls—Friday, 10/4, vs. Harborfields, 4 p.m.; Tuesday, 10/8, vs. Comsewogue, 4 p.m.