It's been a long time coming. After losing in four straight boys soccer county finals from 2006-2010, Carle Place finally broke through and defeated Cold Spring Harbor, 4-0, Saturday to win the Nassau Class B championship. This is the Frogs' first county title since moving to Class B in 2004 after winning the Class C title in 2003.
"It's a great feeling," Carle Place coach Allen Foraker said. "We've been so close so many times and we just couldn't break through. It feels good for the team, for the school and for the community. The kids worked hard for this."
Junior goalie John Guzzo had three saves for his sixth shutout of the year. Defenders Matt Carr, Nick Hytell, Rob Posillico, and Adam Cabrera each played well in preserving the shutout. Carr, the sweeper, was especially important to the county title run.
"Matt played well both yesterday and today," Foraker said. "He's a true leader in the back; he's very composed. He didn't make any mistakes in either game and he really led us to this title."
Francesco Irace opened the scoring in the 19th minute on a header off a throw-in from Cabrera. Dylan Klein scored in the 52nd minute off an assist from Billy Chiappone and Klein then assisted George Costidis 10 minutes later to push the lead to 3-0. Chiappone capped the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 75th minute.
"It's exciting to have the opportunity to play for a Long Island championship," Foraker said. "We put in a lot of hard work over the past few years to get to this point. This is what every coach and every player hopes for."