Amityville's Rolman Guardado picked a pretty good time to score his first varsity goal.
"To tell you the truth, I didn't even see it go in," Guardado, 14, said of the overtime shot that gave the Warriors a 2-1 soccer victory over Comsewogue on Tuesday. "When I shot it, I just fell to the ground and everyone piled on me. I couldn't believe it."
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The goal clinched Amityville its third playoff berth in the past four seasons.
Guardado, a freshman, scored it on a rebound in the third minute of overtime off a free kick by Josue Martinez. After he fell, the reaction of his teammates told him all he needed to know about the result.
"The whole bench just kind of went nuts," said coach Mike Abbondondolo. "A player like him really deserves it and for him to score his first varsity goal to clinch a playoff spot for us is huge."
Guardado was called up to varsity in eighth grade. He's started at midfield and forward this season.
Abbondondolo called Guardado a quick and crafty player with a high soccer IQ.
Guardado said he never pictured himself scoring a goal of this magnitude in such an important game. If anything, he expected a captain to swoop in and collect the loose ball. But when the rebound came to him, he knew he had a tremendous opportunity for both himself and the team.
"I couldn't think of anything," Guardado said. "I couldn't believe it."
Amityville (6-3 League V) lost to East Hampton -- the eventual Class A state runners-up -- in last season's Suffolk semifinal.
"To lock up a playoff berth is important because we want to continue to progress," Abbondondolo said. … "We want the younger guys in the program to look up and see it as a winning program.
Players like Guardado.