East Hampton’s boys soccer team had high expectations for this season.
The Bonackers, boasting seven seniors, were predicted to finish second in a competitive League V. East Hampton may have finished 7-7 in a third-place tie with Wyandanch and Islip, and lost to No. 1 Amityville (in League V and Class A) in the final game of the regular season, 4-0, but the team made it back to the first round of the playoffs.
East Hampton fell to Hauppauge in a tough 2-1 fashion last year. No. 11-seeded East Hampton edged No. 6 Kings Park October 22, 1-0, to avenge a first-round loss from last season. Sebastian Fuquen scored the lone goal of the game in the second half. Kurt Matthews made six saves for the Bonackers, which travel to square off against No. 3 Elwood-John Glenn in the quarterfinals October 25 at 2 PM.
Also making it to the postseason are Class B contenders Mattituck and Hampton Bays. The No. 3 Tuckers take on No. 2 Center Moriches on the road on Wednesday, October 24, at 2:30 PM, and the Baymen travel to No. 1 Babylon at 4:30 PM. Mattituck finished 10-6 overall and 9-3 in League VII behind undefeated Babylon (12-2-1 overall, 12-0 in the conference). Hampton Bays (6-8-1 overall, 4-7-1 in League VI) finished fourth. Center Moriches ended the season 10-4-2 and 8-3-1 in conference play. The winners of the semifinal matchups will play each other in the Class B final at Diamond in the Pines in Coram on Saturday at 1 PM.
Greenport, which ended the season 10-6 overall and 8-4 in League VIII, earned the No. 1 seed and a chance to face No. 2 Southold (8-7 and 7-5 in League VII) in the Class C final at Diamond in the Pines on Saturday, October 27, at 1 PM. The Porters edged Southold 2-1 in the final game of the regular season for both teams October 16. Mateo Arias scored both goals and William Chapeton had an assist. The game-winner was off a free kick from 23 yards out in the second half. Greenport’s Miguel Torres and Southold’s Cole Brigham each made five stops in goal.