Dylan Klein delivers Carle Place boys soccer its first state title
MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. - Dylan Klein said he learned he was pretty good at playing soccer during his freshman year at Carle Place, when he joined the varsity team.
On Sunday, the state learned he was pretty good at playing soccer, too.
Three years removed from starting as a freshman, the senior forward scored two goals and had one assist to lead Carle Place to its first boys soccer state championship.
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Behind Klein and a stellar performance from a defensive unit that was consistent all season, Carle Place captured the state Class B title with a 3-0 win against Syracuse Westhill at Middletown High School.
"This is great. To be a senior and to have never before won a boys soccer state championship in school history, and then do it . . . it's fantastic," said Klein, who will play at Hofstra next year. "I know I get goals and I get assists during the regular season but to be able to say that I did that to help a team win a state championship means much more to me."
Klein struck first with a goal from close range off an assist from George Costidis with 11:17 left in the first half.
Klein then assisted on Robert Posillico's goal to put Carle Place up 2-0 with 36 minutes left. About 10 minutes later, Klein blasted the ball with his left foot into the back of the net on a breakaway.
Klein also scored a goal and had two assists in the Frogs' semifinal win Saturday.
"He's the best player I've coached," said Carle Place coach Allen Foraker, who has led the program for 11 years. "He's the complete player. He's got the speed, the touch and the soccer awareness that many kids don't have."
Goalkeeper John Guzzo made seven saves for Carle Place (19-0-1), including a few pretty ones late in the match.
"I was just doing whatever I could to not let the ball get past me," Guzzo said. "I knew that even if we were winning, a goal for them could've changed momentum."
Carle Place's defense, led by the typical strong play of senior Matt Carr, excelled in the second half to seal the shutout and state championship.
"The key word is always consistency. We defend so well as a team and to have a shutout in the state final is fantastic," Foraker said. "To have a season like this and to win a boys soccer title for Carle Place is just so great for the community. I'm proud of these guys."