Andrew Pick's penalty kick helps Glenn beat nemesis East Hampton in Class A semifinal
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Vincent Piccoli had so much emotion running through him as he dropped to his knees and wrapped his hands around his head Monday.
The senior midfielder couldn't comprehend what Glenn had accomplished in its Suffolk Class A boys soccer semifinal at East Hampton.
"Before the game," Piccoli said, "coach [Lou Hanner] gathered us around the 10-yard line and said, 'It stops here. The 10-game losing streak [to East Hampton] stops here.' "
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It ended there when junior defender Andrew Pick sealed the deal with a penalty-kick goal in third-seeded Glenn's PK win, 4-2, over No. 2 East Hampton, the two-time defending county champs. "A very emotional feeling right now," Piccoli said. "They're a great team over there, but I want to get as far as I can with this team."
"I can't describe how I'm feeling. I'm speechless," said Pick, who watched Brian Lopez, Piccoli and Sean Urda score before him in the five-player penalty- kick shootout. "I had so much confidence going into it. We talk about muscle memory at practice and I knew if I hit that shot, it would be over. I went to the right side and got it."
The two teams went to the shootout after a 1-1 regulation tie and two scoreless, 15-minute overtime sessions.
Jonathan Schefer took a cross from Loic Besong and headed one home in the 10th minute to give Glenn (12-2-4) a 1-0 lead. East Hampton's Nick West scored unassisted four minutes later to tie it.
From there, Glenn senior goalkeeper Max Karen and East Hampton junior goalkeeper Nick Tulp put on a show.
"On the bus ride over here, Besong said, 'I have your back, and I know you have mine,' " said Karen, who admitted he should have come off his line on West's goal. "These are the games goalies live for. When somebody makes a mistake, you got to put that in the back of your head."
Neither keeper deserved to lose, as each made eight saves, featuring numerous point-blank shots on goal.
"I thought my defense played well," Tulp said. "I wouldn't be anywhere without them. They're the most important players. There's a lot of pressure in PK's. A lot of people are around. They had nice shots. I did my best to react to the ball."
Nick Quiroz tied the shootout at one for East Hampton (14-3-1) and West tied it at two before Glenn's Urda and Pick scored.
"You got to finish your chances and then you don't get to this point," Bonackers coach Rich King said. "Two good goalkeepers played really well today."
Glenn faces top-seeded Sayville in the county final at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Dowling Athletic Complex in Shirley. Cory Santangelo scored unassisted with 5:20 remaining in Sayville's 1-0 win over No. 4 Miller Place Monday in the other Suffolk Class A semifinal.