The victory celebration looked as if it had been a postseason game. One team was exuberantly racing around the field, while the other one laid on the ground with jerseys pulled over their heads.
It was just the second league game of the season, but it meant much more to Commack. Jack Miller scored off a cross from Adam Tamburello with 10:21 left in the game to lift Commack to a 2-1 upset soccer win over host Brentwood Thursday in a Suffolk League I match.
Brentwood, the defending Class AA state champion, is ranked No. 1 in the nation by ESPN and the National Soccer Coaches Association. Brentwood had its 28-game winning streak snapped and a 78-game league unbeaten streak, dating to 2002, ended.
"It feels like a World Cup final," Tamburello said. "We all played great. We had the one scare, but we all pulled through. It's a little surprising, but we all knew we could do it."
Tamburello fed a pass right to the foot of Miller, who took care of the rest. "Adam cut down left and played a great ball to me with his left foot," Miller said. "The goalie was a little bit toward the front post trying to cut off the angle and I just slid it to the back post."
Commack (4-1, 2-0) dominated play in the first half and was able to score the first goal of the season against the Indians. Cougars defender Matt DiDomenico scored off a pass from Joe Buffolino in the 15th minute for a 1-0 lead.
Brentwood (4-1, 1-1) controlled play in the second half and tied the score on a goal by Didier Reyes with 29:35 left.
"Our goalie [Dylan Bauver] did a great job all game," Commack coach Sebastian DiRubba said, "but on the goal he tried to get the ball to the side instead of trying to get his body behind it. He told me that was the last mistake he will make mentally."
DiDomenico, who missed almost all of last season with a fractured ankle, was a key contributor. He blocked several shots and took away a lot of good looks for Brentwood.
"Matt's a great player," Tamburello said. "The team revolves around him and we all look for him to guide us."
Said Brentwood coach Ron Eden: "We played well in spots. You gamble to get the win and that's what happens. We tried to ride the momentum change and got caught in the back. Commack is a good soccer team. They did a good job."
Brentwood played without four players, including star Andrew Jean-Baptiste, whom the school didn't allow to play.
"He wasn't in school by the fourth period," Brentwood athletic director Kevin O'Reilly said. "He showed up on his own time and couldn't play."
Eden said Jean-Baptiste's absence wasn't a factor in the game and credited Commack.
"It's surreal" Miller said. "Commack has always had a good soccer program, but this is huge."