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Amityville beats Pearl River for first state boys soccer title

Amityville players celebrate their championship win after the

Amityville players celebrate their championship win after the state Class A boys soccer final on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, at Middletown High School. Photo Credit: Adrian Kraus

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Amityville horror? More like Amityville aura.

Josue Martinez scored with 3:30 left to extend a one-goal lead on Sunday as Amityville beat Pearl River, 2-0, in the Class A final to win its first state boys soccer title.

"When it went in, it was amazing," Martinez said of his goal. "It was like we just won this thing."

Trailing 1-0, Pearl River dominated possession in the second half, but Amityville (17-5) did not crack while the Pirates tried to spoil the party.

After time expired, Juan Salazar and Oscar Hernandez, who scored in the 20th minute off Deiby Ortega's assist, dumped ice water on the coaching staff. The players gathered for a team picture, jumping and smiling as they chanted "Olé, olé, olé."

"We always try to have fun," Salazar said.

A three-game losing streak last month dropped Amityville to 8-5, and Martinez said the Warriors didn't consider a playoff berth guaranteed at that point. But they earned the No. 5 seed in the playoffs and knocked off No. 1 Glenn in the Suffolk semifinals Nov. 2. That was the last time Amityville trailed in a game.

In this playoff run, the Warriors won in just about every way possible. They erased two one-goal deficits in a 3-2, double-overtime win over Glenn. They dominated from the start in a 3-0 win over Harborfields in the county final. They got a double-overtime winner from freshman Rolman Guardado against Floral Park in the Long Island championship game, and they had an answer for every goal scored by Grand Island in a 3-2 win in the state semifinals.

Protecting a 1-0 lead for nearly 60 minutes Sunday was the latest challenge.

"We were really confident after the first goal," said Kevin Ramirez, who made eight saves. "When we got the second goal, we celebrated because we knew we were going to get it."

They've won in so many ways, and this time, they went home as state champions.

"We're so proud," Hernandez said, "so happy because it's the first time."

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