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This week's top offensive performers in boys soccer
Here’s the weekly installment of top five Long Island boys soccer performers for the period of Sept. 9 -15.
This week, the list is dedicated to players who made an impact on offense and it includes the context of the games. For example, a game-winning goal in a game featuring two top-tier teams may weigh more than a three-goal game in a lopsided victory. Next week, we will put together a list of star defenders, including goalkeepers.
Michelangelo Sini, St. Anthony’s: A decision made prior to the start of the season to have Sini in a formation where he’s the lone high striker has paid dividends so far for the Friars.
“I enjoy it because it gives me opportunities,” Sini said. “I’m used to be the leading scorer for whoever I play for, and right now I’m finding a lot of space between the defenders.”
Sini has scored a goal in each of his last three games, all wins for the Friars.
Gino Scardino, Carey: He scored six goals combined in non-league wins over Floral Park and Valley Stream North. “I’ve been keeping my head in it,” Scardino said. “It’s a really good booster for me and my teammates.”
Brendan Tedaldi, Lynbrook: He had a goal and three assists during the Mineola Mustang Cup Tournament and as a result was named Most Valuable Player after Lynbrook’s wins over Oyster Bay and Locust Valley. “He started off the season doing a good job of being the general in the middle of the field,” Lynbrook coach Josh Berlin said.
Chris Hettler, Smithtown West: Coach Tom Lips said Hettler would make an impact, and he has so far. Hettler's unassisted goal with three seconds left in the second overtime was the game-winner in Smithtown West's non-league victory over Ward Melville in the opener on Sept. 9. Two days later, he added a goal and an assist in a non-league win over Sachem East.
Harrison Weilbacher, Sachem North: He opened the season with two goals in a win against Eastport-South Manor. Then he had a goal and an assist in a win over Centereach.
Said coach Chris Russo, “His versatility makes him one of the top scorers on the Island.”