Camilo Godoy seems to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time—which is exactly where he was on Friday night.
The senior scored 15 minutes into the second half of the Suffolk County Class A boys soccer championship between his top seeded East Hampton squad and second seed Comsewogue at the Dowling Sports Complex in Shirley, lifting the Bonackers to their third county title in four years. Two days later, back at Dowling, the Bonackers defeated South Side to win the Long Island Championship and earn a spot in the New York State Final Four. (For coverage, see separate article).
With 25:38 left to play on Friday night, the Bonac midfielder picked up a loose ball, turned the corner, and ripped it across the box in the direction of the goal. Both a Comsewogue defender and goalie Chris Pedone came out to play the ball, which glanced off the defender and got past Pedone, giving East Hampton the only goal it would need to seal its third county crown in four years.
“Camilo did a great job playing a real dangerous ball in there,” East Hampton head coach Rich King said after the game.
Godoy scored a similar goal in East Hampton’s 3-0 semifinal win over Amityville, collecting a loose ball that landed in the box after a direct kick by Nick West that hit the crossbar.
“He always seems to do something positive when we need it most, and he did that today,” King said of Godoy, one of 14 seniors on the roster.
“I just saw the ball coming and I just hit it,” Godoy said of his winning strike. “I’m really happy to be a senior and win this. It’s something we’ve dreamt about and we just need to keep going.”
King said his team executed its game plan “pretty much to perfection,” and it showed, especially in the second half, where East Hampton dominated possession and created a barrage of scoring chances. Pedone made nine saves, while East Hampton goalie Nick Tulp needed to make just three—and faced only one shot on goal in the second half—to record his 12th shutout of the season.
The shutout is even more impressive considering the Warriors possess the leading goal scorer in the county in James Thristino, who had 41 goals this season (second most in Suffolk County history) and finished his career with 78, (third in Suffolk history). King gave credit to defenders Christian Barrientos, Brian Oreamuno, Kevin Ovando and Jhon Guanga, for stifling Comsewogue’s attack, and he also pointed out the fine play of senior Nick West, who commanded the midfield and set the tone for the team, as he often does.
“I thought Nick and Brian dominated the midfield and locked everything down,” King said. “I thought they won every 50/50 ball, and I thought Nick was the player of the game as far as controlling our tempo of play and being the quarterback out there. It’s not always about scoring goals for him, and that’s what makes him such a great player.”
Comsewogue had a few chances in the first half, where East Hampton held a slighter edge in terms of possession. But it was all Bonac in the second half.
“For us, it was just about settling into it and keeping our composure and finishing it off,” senior Max Lerner said.
Of course, the Bonackers won’t consider anything “finished” until their ultimate goal has been achieved. Which is why their celebration was joyous, but relatively brief on Friday night. King’s words to his team in the post-game huddle said it all.
“This is only step two.”