After being outscored, 18-0, in three games in late September, the East Hampton girls soccer team has rebounded nicely in its last four games, picking up two wins and losing by just one goal in two others to move to 2-6 in League VI play, 4-6 overall.
The Lady Bonackers were edged, 1-0, by Center Moriches on Monday, but enjoyed a 2-1 home win over Mercy on October 3, and cruised past winless Southampton, 5-1, at home on October 1. Before that, East Hampton was nipped, 1-0, by Mount Sinai on September 29.
Against Mercy, East Hampton was down 1-0 until Lisseth Rodriguez scored, unassisted, with four minutes left to force overtime. In the first of two 10-minute overtime periods, which are not sudden death, Wylee Musnicki scored three minutes in, off an assist from Manuela Hurtado. The Lady Bonackers were able to hold off Mercy for the rest of overtime to preserve the win. Cecelia Blowe made 12 saves.
Against Southampton, the Lady Bonackers struck first, and Southampton then tied it, but East Hampton pulled away by scoring three goals in the last eight minutes of the first half. Hurtado and Nicole Notel each scored twice and had an assist, while Rodriguez had a goal and an assist, and Musnicki had a goal. Blowe made six saves.
In the loss to Mount Sinai, a penalty kick in the 60th minute was the only scoring the Lady Mustangs would need. East Hampton had a nice chance to tie it at the very end of the game but couldn’t convert. Blowe made eight saves in the loss.
A 3-2 win over second-place Amityville on the road on September 30 put the East Hampton boys soccer team in firm command of first place in League VI, with a 6-0-1 mark, 9-0-1 overall.
The Bonackers were up, 2-0, at halftime and made it 3-0 with a goal early in the second half, but Amityville scored just two minutes after that to make it 3-1. The Warriors added a goal on a penalty kick with five minutes left in the game.
Nick West, Camilo Godoy and Max Lerner scored for East Hampton, with West’s strike coming on a penalty kick. Godoy assisted on Lerner’s goal. Nick Tulp made six saves.
“It never really felt like too comfortable of a lead, because [Amityville] kept fighting,” East Hampton head coach Rich King said. “We played pretty even in the second half, but we were able to hold on to preserve the win, which was good to see, especially playing on the road. They’re a dangerous team for sure.”
On October 2, the Bonackers hit the road again, earning a 4-0 win over Bayport/Blue Point. Nick West scored twice, giving him 15 goals on the season, which ties him for second place in Suffolk County as of Monday morning. Lerner also scored twice, and George Naula had two assists, while West had one. Tulp made four saves for his seventh shutout of the season. As of Monday morning, he was one of three goalies in the county with seven shutouts on the year.
“We played well,” King said. “Much better in the second half than the first, as far as possession and defensively. Anytime you get a win on the road, it’s a job well done. It was a solid week for us—two road games and two victories.”
The win over Bayport also officially clinched a playoff spot for the Bonackers.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Girls—Wednesday, 10/8, at Hampton Bays, 6 p.m.; Tuesday, 10/14, at Bayport/Blue Point, 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10/16, vs. Shoreham/Wading River, 4:30 p.m. Boys—Tuesday, 10/7, at Mount Sinai, 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10/9, at Miller Place, 4:30 p.m.; Monday, 10/13, vs. Elwood/John Glenn, 10 a.m.