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Hewlett boys soccer upsets Jericho

Chris Bravo wasn’t sure exactly how his corner kick ball found Myles Ofri during Hewlett’s Conference A-1 road game against Jericho on Sept. 17.

When it did, Ofri headed it in to break a 1-1 tie with 2:30 left in regulation that led to Hewlett’s eventual 2-1 upset win.

“I called for it to go to the far post, but then I saw Myles running wide open and changed the play out of nowhere,” said Bravo, a senior midfielder. “It seemed as if it was never going to go in because it moved so slowly. I don’t think we’d be able to do it again. Everything was so perfect.”

Ofri, another Bulldogs’ senior midfielder, said it felt like the play lasted forever to develop. “I ran my usual route to the near post and I tried heading it up top, right in the corner,” Ofri said. “First it hit the goalie, then it hit the post, then it hit the defender and eventually went in.”

After Hewlett senior forward Kelvin Larios gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in the first half, Jericho’s David Greenbaum scored with seven minutes left in the second half to tie it.
“It was definitely a relief when I scored the first goal,” Larios said. “We definitely felt we had a good team to match their level of play. We played more defensive in the second half, but eventually, they did score. From there, we just kept attacking and were determined.”

The Bulldogs (2-0-1) gave Jericho, the two-time defending state champs, its first loss since a 1-0 defeat to South Side on Oct. 17, 2012.

Jayhawks coach Dani Braga didn’t make any excuses afterward.

“They were deserving of the victory. Hats off to them,” Braga said. “They were more physical and they frustrated us. They really wanted this game. You can tell every game against us is a big game.”

Hewlett coach Nick Lacetera said playing Jericho this early in the season was a good test for his club because “they’re class acts and a great, strong team.”

“If Jericho was going to beat us, they were going to have to earn it,” Lacetera said. “We weren’t going to roll over. We know what we’re capable of.”

Jericho and Hewlett will have to wait for the postseason for a rematch.

“After the game, I told my guys I was proud of them,” Lacetera said. “You set the bar high for us and put the target on our backs. We’re going to have to go into every game saying you have to play at your best level.”

Jericho (2-1-1) will host Carey in Conference A-1 play beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, while Hewlett goes on the road to take on Wantagh at 4:30 p.m. Monday in conference action.