Both the Eastport South Manor boys and girls soccer teams opened the League IV season against the Redmen of East Islip, however, only the boys squad managed to come away with a victory on opening day.
The Sharks downed East Islip at home on September 12, 3-1, one day after their female counterparts suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of the Lady Redmen on the same field.
The loss for the Lady Sharks came on the heels of a 4-0 rout by William Floyd in the team’s final non-league game of the preseason, a defeat that put some doubt in the minds of the Lady Sharks, affecting their play early in the game with East Islip.
“I think some of the girls, especially the outside middies, played more defensively in the first half,” ESM head coach Becky Thorn said. “We switched up some players on field positioning, weren’t communicating on the [offsides] trap and kept the girl on who scored.”
Lady Redman Rachel Florenz drew a feed from Brianna Hernandez and scored the game’s only goal 11 minutes in.
“The girls know since we are up a league, teams are no joke and I felt we played better overall compared to the Floyd loss, but need to be able to play both offensive and defensive ends of the game,” Thorn said.
The Lady Sharks were slated to host Bellport on September 17 and will host Kings Park on the 19th and Huntington on the 22nd.
The result for the boys was quite the opposite as the Sharks put three on the board in the first half and hung on for the 3-1 victory in the season opener. Junior Gerson Larin scored a pair for the Sharks while senior captain Mike Flynn added a goal in the victory.
While a win is a win, ESM head coach Tony Chernis came away from the game concerned with his team’s lack of consistency.
“In the first half we played very well, we got a few lucky bounces but were in the right places,” coach Chernis said. “The second half was not as good. Maybe it was too much confidence. We kind of took the foot off the pedal.
He continued, “They [East Islip] definitely brought the pressure, like they should when down 3-0. Our defense and our goalie, Chris Danza, kept us in the game. We can’t just play 40 minutes. Games are 80 minutes for a reason.”
The Sharks were scheduled to host Huntington on September 16 and will travel to Deer Park on the 18th before a home game against West Babylon on September 20.