With Rolman Guardado and Kymani Hines forming one of the top strike tandems on Long Island and a deep squad around them, undefeated Amityville is charging into the postseason.
Guardado and Hines are the only teammates in Suffolk in double digits in both goals and assists and both stacked the stat sheet again in the Warriors’ 7-1 win at Islip in a Suffolk V soccer match Tuesday afternoon. The win clinched a third-straight league title for Amityville (11-0-1), who won League VI last season and League V in 2016.
Henry Martinez scored three goals, Hines had a goal and three assists and Guardado added a goal and two assists.
“We’re playing with a lot of fluidity and we’re just having fun,” said Guardado, who is second in the county in both goals (14) and assists (15). “It’s fun playing with Kymani, and we connect perfectly with each other.”
“We have great chemistry going forward,” added Hines, who has 10 goals and 10 assists. The senior had 17 goals and nine assists last year, his first season in the United States after moving from Jamaica in December 2016.
“They work so well together," Amityville coach Mike Abbondondola said. "Their movement off the ball is great and they’re both deadly one-on-one."
The Warriors struck early and often on Tuesday, as Guardado, Martinez, Deiby Ortega and Hines all scored to give Amityville a 4-0 halftime lead. Connor Argenziano scored early in the second half for Islip (6-5), but Martinez scored two more goals in the second and Cristian Escobar scored as well.
Players like Martinez (nine goals this year), Juan Ponce (11 assists) and Rolman’s versatile brother Jeremy add depth for an attack that is averaging 4.1 goals per game.
“It’s always great seeing teammates stepping up,” Guardado said. “When the other players are racking up points, it motivates everybody.”
The Warriors also boast an improved defense that has only allowed six goals all season.
“The unity of the back four has been huge,” said Juan’s brother Carlos Ponce, who is part of a defense that also includes keeper Kyle Barsic (five saves). “And we usually go against our front line in practice, so we’re training with the best. Competing every day with some of the best strikers on Long Island is huge for us.”