The Huntington varsity boys’ soccer team is 3-0-1 after outlasting a skilled visiting Lindenhurst squad on Monday afternoon at Blue Devil Stadium, 2-1.
Huntington previously bested Connetquot (5-1) and Central Islip (2-0) and battled Deer Park to a scoreless tie in a 100 minute long game last Saturday morning.
The Blue Devils have been using an efficient offense, excellent defense and sharp goalkeeping to win games. Against Lindenhurst, Huntington received goals from Brian Contreras and Carlos Reyes. Jasson Garay added an assist. Goalie Cole Pillion recorded four saves.
The teams were tied, 1-1 at halftime. Contreras scored what proved to be the winning goal off a penalty kick with about 18 minutes remaining in the second half.
Huntington’s defense took it from there, frustrating every attempt by the Bulldogs to mount the offense needed to send the game into overtime.
“The team this year has been playing very good so far, but there’s still a lot of work to do,” said senior midfielder Carmine DeIeso, who is one of three Blue Devil captains along with Julien Rentsch and Brian Contreras. “We have a lot of new guys who are extremely talented that have pushed us to the next level and have made us a team to look out for. It’s a long season and I believe we can be one of the best soccer teams the high school has had in a while.”
Senior forward Manny Reyes is doing his part to keep Huntington’s offense humming right along. “I feel as a team we have progressed tremendously and we hope to make it far this season,” he said. “We have a lot of hard work to do since we are in a tough league, but as a team we hope to strive together.”
Over the next 12 days, Huntington has five league games scheduled against Newfield, Half Hollow Hills East, Copiague, Centereach and Smithtown West.
While Huntington’s players are happy to be unbeaten through the first four games of the season, no one is prepared to sit back and coast the rest of the way. “I feel that overall we have had a decent outcome, but we still have a lot more work to do to reach our goals,” Rentsch said.
Scoreless Tie for Blue Devil Boys’ Soccer
The Huntington varsity boys’ soccer team took the field last Saturday for an early morning game against Deer Park at Blue Devil Stadium and 100 minutes later, the two squads walked off after battling to a scoreless tie.
Huntington had 10 shots on goal and a few of them had real potential to find the back of the net, but it just didn’t happen. Blue Devil goalie Cole Pillion did his job by stopping three Deer Park shots.
Neither team was able to score during 80 minutes of regulation play or in either of the 10 minute overtime periods.
There were many Blue Devil soccer alumni in the stands for the game, along with a large group of Huntington girls’ soccer players, who were rooting on the home team.