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Boys soccer top performers

Cole Tobias of Half Hollow Hills West chases

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Here’s the weekly installment of top Long Island boys soccer performers for the period of Oct. 14 -20:

Christian Villalta, Central Islip

The sophomore scored a career-high four goals, all in the first-half, to lead Central Islip to a 4-0 win over Connetquot on Oct. 15. Two days later, he had two goals and one assist in a win against Lindenhurst.

Chris Monzon, Lawrence

Monzon...

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Sayville stays undefeated in boys soccer

It's often said that the finish is more important than the start. And on Wednesday, Ryan McEnerney proved that it doesn’t matter if you start, as long as you can finish.

McEnerney scored off a through pass from Cory Santangelo with 25 minutes left as Sayville edged Comsewogue, 2-1, in Suffolk League V boys soccer.

"He came off the bench and scored a really nice goal, which was set...

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Top boys soccer performers

Mattituck's Kaan Ilgin moves the ball down field

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Here’s the weekly installment of top Long Island boys soccer performers for the period of Oct. 8 -14:

Brandon Friedman, Roslyn Had four goals and three assists combined in wins over Manhasset and Glen Cove. He currently leads Nassau in goals with 13. Friedman scored a goal and added three assists in Roslyn’s 4-0 win over Manhasset on Oct. 9. He had three goals in Roslyn’s 6-0 win over Glen...

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Moving West helps East Hampton soccer

East Hampton's Nicholas West heads the ball during

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Nick West wasn’t exactly uncomfortable, but he said he felt a little weird during East Hampton’s first few games.

The junior, who is accustomed to playing as a striker or midfielder, began this season as the starting center back for the boys soccer team. And despite being somewhat unfamiliar to all the responsibilities of the position, West played quite well.

“He’s our best defender,”...

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Top boys soccer performers

East Hampton keeper Nick Tulp makes one of

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Here’s the weekly installment of top Long Island boys soccer performers for the period of Sept. 24 -30:

Connor Gill, Commack: The junior scored the only goal during a win over Brentwood on Monday. He had three goals and an assist in a win against Floyd and had an assist in a 2-1 victory over Roslyn last week.

“He struggled a bit early because we put leadership responsibility on him,...

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Whitman boys soccer on the upswing

Whitman senior goalkeeper Dan Zagorski.

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These days, Whitman senior goalkeeper Dan Zagorski believes his teammates are putting their soccer uniforms on with a much greater sense of pride than in recent years.

And they have plenty of reason to.

In a preseason coaches’ poll, Whitman’s boys soccer team was chosen to finish last in Suffolk League II, which didn’t sit too well with players and coach John DiGiacomo.

“We knew...

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Boys soccer's top performers: Defense

Brentwood's Jonathan Interiano and Alejandro Ruiz, left, fight

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Here's the weekly installment of top Long Island boys soccer performers for the period of Sept. 16 -23.

This week, the list is dedicated to players who made an impact on defense, excluding goalkeepers. The goalies, along with top scorers and defenders, will be acknowledged next week, and going forward, we will recognize each facet weekly in an effort to not miss many performances.

Alejandro...

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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,”...

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Skylar Vitiello leads Massapequa past St. Anthony's

Massapequa goalie Kathryn Hatziyianis prepares to clear the

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The magnitude of the moment was combined with the age of the player involved to develop a new nickname.

Superstar Sophomore.

'It’s an honor to be called that," Skylar Vitiello said with a laugh.

That was the nickname teammates bestowed upon Vitiello, the only sophomore on the Massapequa girls soccer team, after she scored the winning goal in Massapequa's 1-0 win over St. Anthony’s...

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Uniondale makes big strides with Baquendano

Uniondale senior Alvaro Baquendano.

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Uniondale senior captain forward Alvaro Baquendano has come a long way since his freshman season.

“When I was younger, someone would tell me something to improve on with my game and I wouldn’t listen,” Baquendano said. “I’d get mad. Now, I listen to Coach and I know that it makes me look better and it makes the team look better.”

Baquendano, a forward, is referring to Knights boys soccer...

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