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Blake Bohlen's goal sends Port Jeff boys to Class C soccer final

Port Jefferson's Blake Bohlen (10) celebrates his game-winning

Port Jefferson's Blake Bohlen (10) celebrates his game-winning goal with teammates with three minutes left in the game during the Class C NYSPHSAA boys soccer championship semifinal at Middletown High School. (Nov. 17, 2013) Credit: Adrian Kraus

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- All Blake Bohlen wanted was one more opportunity. Bohlen hit the crossbar after getting a shot over a wall of five players early in the second half and with 14:44 left he was stopped on a breakaway.

Bohlen would not be denied with 3:37 left in the game. Jasper Rubin-Sigler sent a through ball to Bohlen, who dribbled around one defender, cut past another and blasted a shot to the right corner of the net to lift Port Jefferson to a 1-0 win over Williamson Saturday in a state Class C boys soccer semifinal at Middletown High School.

Port Jefferson (19-0), the defending champions, will play Lansing in the final at 10 a.m. Sunday at Middletown High School. Williamson (19-1-2) lost for the first time this season.

"Jasper was dribbling through the back and played it through," Bohlen said. "It was a foot race between me and another kid. I beat him to the ball and then had to beat another player. I had to keep my cool. I missed the breakaway. I really should have put it away. I tried to shoot it with my right foot and I am a lefty, so the second one I got with my left foot and it went in."

Bohlen scored the winning goal for the second straight game. He scored with 11:43 left to give Port Jefferson a 2-1 win over Rhinebeck in the Southeast Regional final. Bohlen has seven goals in five postseason games and 32 for the season.

"I just got the ball and saw my player and kicked it," Rubin-Sigler said. "I didn't really do anything. It was a clearance and Blake put it away. We just push the ball up and have faith in all our teammates. Blake is so confident on the ball and extremely good."

Said Port Jefferson coach John Poulianos of Bohlen: "He's a good finisher. There are no secrets. His teammates look for him and it lends to him getting more balls as the game goes along. At some point, he finishes for you."

Port Jefferson goalkeeper Gabe Davis doesn't get tested much with a strong defense in front of him. When he does, he often comes through with a huge save and it was no different Saturday. Just 1:35 into the game Davis was 1-on-1 with Corey Cristales and Davis made the save.

"That's a game-changing save," Poulianos said. "He did the same last game. When the keeper makes that save it plants the seed in peoples' minds that he's going to be tough to beat and you have to make the perfect shot."

Port Jefferson goes for a perfect season Sunday. Since the summer, all the Royals have talked about is repeating as state champions. Every starter from that team is back.

"We're one step closer," Bohlen said. "It comes down to the one game we have waited for since the summer."

For Rubin-Sigler, only a win will ensure a happy ride back home.

"If we don't win a state championship, our season is a failure," he said. "No exceptions."

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