The clock kept ticking . . . and ticking . . . and ticking.
All the while, Amityville could not score. Sayville accomplished what no other team has done this year: blank the reigning state champions. And the Golden Flashes did it twice, even through double overtime in a scoreless tie on Oct. 5.
But time eventually caught up to Sayville. It took three hours and 25 minutes, but the Warriors scored when the stakes were highest.
Marlon Martinez took a pass from Henry Martinez and sent it into the net in the 25th minute Monday. He scored again with seven minutes remaining, and No. 2 Amityville advanced to the Suffolk Class A final with a 2-0 victory at home.
“Sayville’s a very tough team,” coach Mike Abbondondolo said, “and we didn’t score on them for [more than] three hours combined. But I had a good feeling coming into the game. I just felt like we were the more skillful team.”
That skill was on display in the second half. After Timothy Hermann (four saves) stopped a dangerous free kick, Kevin Rivera played a through ball 40 yards over the top of No. 3 Sayville’s defense and to Marlon Martinez’s feet. Brian Ferretti (nine saves) came out of goal, and Martinez chipped the ball into the net.
“Coming down to the last eight minutes I knew the team needed another goal to seal it,” Martinez said, “and thanks to god my teammate gave me a nice through ball and I saw the goalie come out and I was lucky enough to be able to calm my nerves to finish it off.”
No. 5 Harborfields upsets No. 1 Glenn
Collin Barnard and Mason Mee each scored in the first half, and visiting Harborfields stunned Glenn, 2-1.
The Tornadoes (11-6-1) will face Amityville (13-4-1) in a rematch of last year’s county final Thursday at 3 p.m. at Diamond in the Pines.
“Some of the boys from last year have already texted me after they saw the result and said good luck, change the ending,” coach D.J. Greening said.
For the second straight year, Glenn (16-1-1) entered the semifinals undefeated. The Knights outscored opponents 89-11 this year, powered by Luke Karen (31 goals and 10 assists) and Andrew Lule (23 and 12).
“It’s tough to handle,” coach Lou Hanner said. “It was just a special group of guys. Two years in a row you lose one game in a semifinal, it’s agonizing.”