The Carle Place boys soccer team utilizes a deliberate, ball-possession style. The Frogs like to methodically wear down an opponent for several minutes in a match by keeping the ball on the ground, yet they remain ready to strike at the most opportune time.
And senior forward Dylan Klein digs it.
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"It is just good soccer, and I love it," said Klein, who leads Carle Place with 10 goals and 14 assists. "And that's the way the game is meant to be played, too."
Playing this brand of soccer has worked for Carle Place, which plays in the Class B state semifinal against Ichabod Crane (Section II) at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at Middletown High School. Carle Place (16-0-1) has outscored opponents this season, 51-4.
Ichabod Crane, the defending Class B state champion, has yet to lose a match this season. The team (21-0-0) is led by senior midfielder Seth Scarano (31 goals, 26 assists).
"I think you respect everyone as a player," Klein said, "but you can't fear anybody."
Matt Carr and goalkeeper John Guzzo lead the Frogs' defense. Carr will play Saturday, said coach Allen Foraker, despite suffering a head injury during the Long Island championship against Mattituck. Carr left the game and received stitches for the cut.
"It's a huge difference having Matt on the field because he's so composed one-on-one," Klein said.
Carr and the defense have played so well this season that Guzzo has not been tested much in the net -- until the match against Mattituck when the senior responded with a shutout and seven saves.
"This group has been battle tested," Foraker said. "Five of these guys were starting since their freshman years. We started to really come together last year and a couple of years later, the results speak for themselves."
CARLE PLACE (16-0-1)
Beat Wheatley in the Nassau County Championship, 3-2, on Nov. 2.
Beat Mattituck in the Long Island Championship, 1-0, on Nov. 5.
Beat Rhineback in the regional final, 2-1, on Nov. 8.
Dylan Klein, senior, forward
John Guzzo, senior, goalkeeper
Matt Carr, senior, defender
Billy Chiappone, senior, forward