The clock ticking down to the end of the regular season and the autumn wind replacing the afternoon’s summer-like weather reminded the Sayville boys soccer team that the end of one long battle serves as the start of another.
The host Golden Flashes topped Miller Place 4-1 on senior day Tuesday to mark the end of a grueling Suffolk V schedule in which they finished second behind Amityville and ahead of Harborfields. They’ll head to the playoffs, looking to capitalize on strong play that carried them through to the end.
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“I knew we were going to have a challenge this year, but I didn’t know it was going to be this tough,” Andrew Braverman said.
Sayville (10-2-2) has made the most of it with five wins and a draw in league since losing to Islip on Sept. 26.
“We really feed off the energy of winning games,” Ryan Alexandersen said. “And with all that energy, we’d like to take that into the postseason, and hopefully we’ll make a good run.”
Alexandersen did his best to keep the run alive, opening scoring by redirecting a corner from Braverman 12 minutes into the game. Kamron Moshfeghi followed by finishing a sliding shot that soared into the right corner of the net, giving Sayville a 2-0 lead.
“My main priority was put it in the net,” Moshfeghi said. “Find out placement, sneak a peak where the goalie was and then do the best that I could do.”
Dillon Svoboda grabbed a pass from Nick Evola along the goal line and scored Miller Place’s (4-9-1) goal with 23.6 seconds left before the half.
Though Amityville had already claimed the Suffolk V title with a win on Monday, Sayville had something to play for.
“We still had to win this game to get points,” Alexandersen said. “We came out here, we worked hard, and we came out here like we do every day — like we have to win.”
Tom Nielsen scored, assisted by Alexandersen with 34:32 left, and Pierce May knocked in a roller through the box off a pass from Ben Clement with 17:58 remaining to put the game away.
And even though the regular season has ended and Sayville has weathered the long stretch, the next journey is only beginning.
“It’s not over yet,” Moshfeghi said. “We’ve got playoffs.”