Coming into this season, Hampton Bays boys soccer head coach John Paga was a little worried about where his team was going to get its offense.
He needn’t have been concerned: Dating back to the Baymen’s 7-0 victory at Mercy on September 22, Hampton Bays has scored 13 goals over its past two games, following a 6-1 victory over Wyandanch at home on Saturday afternoon. As for where the barrage of scoring is coming from, the answer is, everywhere: In those two games, the team has had 12 different players find the back of the goal.
Byron Pacheco, a senior, led the way in the victory over Wyandanch with two goals. Seniors Nick Grajales, Jean Blanco, Nick Lemorrocco and junior Lyke Ramos each scored a goal in the win. Senior goalie Griffin Lohr had a rather quiet day, making just one save in the victory. Wyandanch scored its lone goal off a penalty kick awarded toward the end of the game.
Even with all of the goals his team has scored, Paga is still not convinced his offense has found its stride. “We’ve played two weaker opponents. I was hoping we would find our offensive chemistry up top, but I still don’t think we’re there yet,” he said.
The Baymen are 4-4 overall, with a 3-2 record in League VII play, good enough for a tie for third place, with Southampton, as of Monday morning. With each team needing six league wins to clinch a Class B postseason berth, Hampton Bays is halfway there, thanks in large part to a big 2-0 victory over Mattituck back on September 17. The Tuckers handed Center Moriches its first loss on Saturday, and they have their eyes set on a possible state title this season—but the fact that Hampton Bays was able to defeat Mattituck might bode well for the Baymen’s playoff chances.
Paga explained that the win over Mattituck was big in many ways. It was the first of three games against tough opponents—Center Moriches and East Hampton are up next—and had the team lost all three, it would have been on a four-game losing streak, due to a 1-0 loss at home to Babylon on September 15. “It kind of righted the season a little bit,” Paga said of the win over Mattituck. “It would have been hard to pick the team up after losing all of those games. So that win was huge in every sense.”
The Hampton Bays girls soccer team lost a tight 1-0 game at Center Moriches on September 23 in what was the lone contest for the Lady Baymen last week. Hailey Krauss scored the eventual game-winning goal from just inside the 18-yard box on a feed from Alex Krauss with 25 minutes remaining in regulation.
The Lady Baymen are 1-4 in League VI this season.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Boys—Tuesday, 10/7, at Babylon, 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10/9, vs. Mattituck, 6 p.m. Girls—Wednesday, 10/1, at Shoreham/Wading River; Monday, 10/6, at Southampton, 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 10/8, vs. East Hampton, 6 p.m.