The Pierson boys soccer team put the finishing touches on its League VIII regular season title in dominant fashion last week, beating last-place Knox (0-9), 8-0, at home on October 16. Forrest Loesch led Pierson with four goals, while Drew Harvey had three goals and three assists, and Charlie Pintado had one goal.
The win not only gave the Whalers the league title but an undefeated mark in league games as well, at 9-0-1 (10-3-2 overall). Pierson will earn the top seed in the Suffolk County Class C playoffs, and because Southold (7-2 in League VIII) is the only other Class C school that qualified for the playoffs, the two will meet for the county title at Diamond in the Pines in Coram on Saturday, November 2, at 1 p.m.
Port Jefferson—which won the last two county ‘C’ championships and back-to-back state titles as well—moved to Class B and League VII this year.
Pierson beat Southold twice in the regular season, but they were hard-fought matches—a 2-1 road win on October 11, and a 3-2 overtime home win on September 23.
To prep for the postseason, the Whalers scheduled two non-league games against playoff-bound Class B teams from League VII. On Saturday night, they traveled to Southampton to take on the Mariners (7-4, 10-5) who will likely earn the third seed in the four-team Class B bracket. For the first half and early in the second, the Whalers were the better team, generating more chances on offense and controlling possession, which led them to a 2-1 lead. But the Mariners pulled out the 4-3 win thanks to sophomore Jesse Scanlon, a defender who tallied three goals—including the golden goal in overtime—to lead Southampton to the come-from-behind win.
Despite the loss, Pierson head coach Peter Solow wasn’t disappointed with his team’s play.
“Overall, I’m pretty happy with our effort,” he said. “I think we played very well the first half, although there were several fundamental, tactical things we need to improve on. I also believe that our performance reflects that when we’re playing up to our potential, we can play with almost anyone. Most importantly, all the things we need to do to get better are things that are in our control to accomplish.
“I think it was a little tough for Southampton in the first half, having played the day before [in a loss at Center Moriches], and we came right at them,” Solow continued. “It’s a credit to [Southampton] that they worked things out and came back at us in the second half. They’re a really solid team.”
Loesch scored twice for Pierson in the loss, while Jack Fitzpatrick had a goal and Harvey had an assist. Pierson was missing two starters, including usual starting goalie Nick Stevens, who was “unavailable” according to Solow. Solow said that JV goalie Jack Schleicher did a “terrific job” filling in for Stevens.
Pierson was scheduled to take on League VII-leading Mattituck (11-1, 12-2) on October 22.