Whalers will try to defend Suffolk County title

Pierson/Bridgehampton Looks To Repeat

Pierson/Bridgehampton’s 2017 Suffolk County Class C champions.

 

If the Pierson/ Bridgehampton Whalers are to defend their Suffolk County Class C title, they’ll have to get by Southold. Chalk one up to the Northforkers.

The Settlers came to Sag Harbor on Wednesday, September 5, and knocked off Pierson convincingly, 4-1. Daniel Palencia was the main culprit, splitting the Pierson defensive line for two goals. Van Karsten and the veteran Joe Silvestro also scored for the winners. Mateo Barabona tallied the losers’ sole goal.

The Whalers rebounded two days later, beating Port Jeff on the road, 2-1. The Royals were nursing a 1-0 lead for much of the fray, but Alex Wesley found a streaking Barabona cutting inside and Barabona did the rest, drilling a shot just inside the post to knot the score and send the match to overtime.

The locals took control, and at the 1:24 mark, Jorge Alvarado delivered the game winner courtesy of a pass from Hatama Coulter. Pierson, competing in League VII, will play Babylon on Wednesday, September 12 at home (4:30 PM) and travel to Greenport two days later. The Settlers, also in League VII, will play at Smithtown Christian on September 12 and at Bayport/Blue Point on Tuesday, September 18.

Southampton is off to a 1-1 start in what appears to be an ultra-competitive League VI.

The home opener went well — the Mariners prevailed 2-1 against Bayport/Blue Point on Wednesday, September 5, but Southampton could not survive a trip to Shoreham/ Wading River two days later, falling 4-2.

The opener was a nail biter. Diego Trugillo scored the team’s only goal in regulation. With less than a minute left in overtime, the Mariners mounted a charge. Logan Whitall found the ball deep behind enemy lines and nailed it in for the game winner.

Undefeated Glenn, 3-0 overall and 2-0 in League VI, comes to town Friday, September 14, for a game under the lights at 7 PM.

Hampton Bays, off to a 0-2 start in League VI, plays at Southampton Tuesday, September 18, at 4:30 PM.

East Hampton has been placed in League V, and that leaves a lot of road trips for the locals to contend with. The home opener did not go will for Bonac, either. East Hampton dropped a heartbreaker to Sayville 2-1 in double overtime. Zane Musnicki scored Bonac’s only goal. East Hampton will take on Rocky Point (0-2) on Saturday, September 15, at 11 AM.

East End girls soccer teams started off slowly this season. Pierson/Bridgehampton, like the other East End teams playing in Division II, dropped its opener at Rocky Point on September 5 by an 8-0 score. The Lady Whalers dropped their home opener 7-0 three days later. The locals play at Babylon on September 13 at 4:30 PM and at Port Jefferson the same time Monday.

East Hampton, playing at East Islip on September 5, lost 2-0. Harborfields (0-1-1) comes to Bonac Friday at 4:30 for the home opener. Hampton Bays, shut out by Amityville 1-0 on September 8, plays at Westhampton on September 13 at 4 PM. The Lady Hurricanes are 0-2.

rmurphy@indyeastend.com