The Amityville boys soccer team's resilience has been tested throughout the year.
Their Suffolk A semifinal against No. 1 Glenn -- ranked No. 2 in the state -- Monday at Glenn High School was no exception. The No. 5 Warriors fought back from two one-goal deficits to win, 3-2, in double overtime and the chance to capture its first county title since 1980, according to head coach Mike Abbondondolo.
"For the kids to push through that and us go through adversity well and be able to win the game is really a true testament to the kind of character we have on the team," he said.
Josue Martinez played the role of hero by having his foot on all three of the Warriors' scores with a goal and two assists. On the game's final play, he served as the wingman.
Martinez dribbled down the left sideline and through two defenders on his way toward the net. Rolman Guadado made a run in the middle of the field, drawing defenders and ultimately serving as a distraction. Martinez crossed to Ernesto Gomez, who took the touch and chipped the ball over charging keeper Chris Spalding and into the goal from 7 yards for the game-winning goal three minutes into the second overtime.
Kevin Medrano scored Amityville's first goal off a pass from Martinez to tie the game at 1 in the first half. Glenn immediately came out firing in the second half, scoring 50 seconds in to take a 2-1 lead. Martinez answered with eight minutes remaining in regulation, dribbling through four defenders and blasting a shot from 22 yards to the bottom-left side of the net to tie the game at 2.
Although Glenn is regarded as one of the best teams in the state, the Warriors said they knew they could win.
"We still felt that if we played our game there's not many teams that can play with us," Abbondondolo said.
Amityville (13-5) lost in the semifinal last year and Abbondondolo said "the kids are hungry and wanted to get to Dowling and the big show."
They will get that opportunity against No. 2 Harborfields, a team with whom they split two regular-season games. Amityville won the first meeting 2-0 and dropped the second by the same score.
"The team is very, very excited about going to Dowling to play in the county final," Abbondondolo said about his team's matchup against the eighth-ranked team in the state. "On the way home, we were enjoying it on the bus and everything but it's a short turnaround, everyone is focused on counties."
The Suffolk A championship will be at Dowling College on Thursday at 4 p.m.