Carle Place and Wheatley were seeking their first win of the season Thursday and looking to get off to a good start in conference play.
It was a tough battle, but Carle Place pulled out a 1-0 victory over the two-time defending county champions at Michael J. Tully Park to move to 1-0 in Conference BC-VIII.
"I thought we played good soccer," coach Allen Foraker said. "We weren't connecting on the offensive side, though. We have to do a better job focusing and finishing."
The Frogs (1-1-1, 1-0) did a good job controlling possession in first half. The game went back-and-forth without a score until Adam Cabrera threw the ball in and found Giuseppe Altadonna, who headed it into the goal with 9:50 left in the half.
"I saw the ball go in the air and said I'm gonna do anything I can to get to it no matter what," Altadonna said. "I got my head on it and just hoped it would go in."
Wheatley (0-3, 0-1) picked things up in the second half, gaining more possession and getting the ball up the field. But Carle Place's defense, led by juniors Matt Carr and Roberto Posillico, did a good job clearing the ball out of the box and disrupting shot attempts. John Guzzo only had to make one save.
"It all starts with our defense," Foraker said. "Carr and Posillico did a great job controlling our backline and stopping Wheatley from getting any real shot opportunities."
Said Posillico: "We've been playing together for a while so we know each other very well. We communicate very well with our goalie, which is the key."
The Frogs had opportunities to extend the lead, but their shots were just wide. Wheatley goalie Andrew Tripi played well, making eight saves.
The win did give the Frogs more confidence for the rest of the season, but Foraker believes his team has work to do.
"It's definitely a confidence-builder because we just beat the two-time defending county champs," he said. "But we still have work on being more consistent in our offense going forward."