Connetquot forward Emmanuel Kwansah said coming together with the top seniors in the county made Wednesday’s all-star game a fun experience.
Scoring a pair of goals against the top defenders from the other county wasn’t bad either
Kwansah scored in the 24th and 39th minutes to lead Suffolk to a 2-1 win over Nassau in the first game of the Nassau vs. Suffolk Exceptional Senior Soccer Classic at Manhasset High School Wednesday evening.
Westbury’s Erick Turcios scored for Nassau in the 60th minute, but the Suffolk defense held on for the win.
“It felt great. Playing on a competitive level with these guys was quite an experience,” Kwansah said. “I had never played with these guys before, but it was definitely fun.”
The two teams appeared evenly matched and both created a number of good chances thanks to strong play in the midfield. The performances came in front of a large contingent of college coaches on hand to scout the game.
“There was a lot of quality all around and I enjoyed playing with such good players,” North Babylon midfielder Eder Mosquera said. “It was definitely something new and we were looking forward to it.”
Suffolk struck first on a ball that deflected into the net, after a lengthy build-up from the back. The squad threatened again by playing down the flanks and finding Kwansah in the penalty area, who doubled the lead.
“I was in the right place at the perfect time and I ended up finishing, which I was happy about,” Kwansah said.
Nassau got on the board via Turcios’ goal off a cross that deflected into the back of the net.
“It was a fun night,” said Mosquera. “I wish I could do it again.”
The chances came early and often in the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, which allowed the top seniors on both sides of the ball to shine.
Glenn’s Adam Astarita scored to break a tie at 2 to help lead Suffolk to a 4-2 win over Nassau in Game 2 of the Nassau vs. Suffolk contests at Manhasset.
Brandon Martins (Wheatley) put Nassau on the board in the 10th minute, before Suffolk equalized in the 33rd when Alexander Rosa scored off a corner from his Newfield teammate Rafael Celanti.
Five minutes later, Suffolk’s Matt Bogashewicz (Hauppauge) found teammate Shawn Coles, who assisted Amityville’s Kymani Hines, who made it 2-1.
Nassau tied the game with four seconds left in the first half when Angel Pinto (Mineola) scored after a scramble in front of the net.
After Astarita scored early in the second half, Suffolk got another in the 69th minute when Olvin Yanes (Newfield) scored off a nice pass from Bogashewicz.