Carle Place senior Billy Chiappone said he couldn't stop daydreaming during his half-day at school Tuesday morning, imagining several scenarios about how his boys soccer team would play in the Class B Long Island championship.
Did he imagine himself scoring the winning goal in overtime?
"Yes, absolutely," said Chiappone, laughing.
Tuesday afternoon, it became a reality.
Chiappone scored the winner with 3:32 left in the second overtime as Carle Place defeated Mattituck, 1-0, to earn the Long Island Class B championship at Diamond in the Pines in Coram. It's the first time a Carle Place boys soccer team has won an LI championship since 1991, when it played in Class C, according to Newsday records.
After a thrilling victory in an evenly matched game, the Frogs (15-0-1) will play in a regional final Saturday against the Section I/Section IX winner (time and site to be determined).
"I was dreaming about this every night, thinking about different things, even like if we were to lose and how depressing that would be. Then even in school I just kept thinking about this," Chiappone said.
Winning had added meaning for Carle Place after top defender Matt Carr, while in mid-air going for a ball, collided with a Mattituck player midway through the first half and was taken out of the game with a head injury. Coach Allen Foraker said Carr was taken to a nearby hospital but may play on Saturday.
"Carr has been the heart and soul of this team for four years," Foraker said. "I made a comment at the half, telling them, 'Don't let this be Matt Carr's final memory of high school soccer.' "
Both teams had ample opportunity to score. Kaan Ilgin took 11 shots, including three on goal, for Mattituck (15-3).
"I just did whatever I could to not let the ball get through the net," said Carle Place goalkeeper John Guzzo, who had eight saves.
In a similar Long Island championship last season, Mattituck defeated Carle Place, 1-0, in double-overtime. Chiappone prevented the same from happening Tuesday when he received the ball near the crease from teammate John Aydogan.
"When I got the ball at that point, I chested it back toward the goal, beat one defender and I knew the near post would be open so I just put it in," Chiappone said. "Just . . . wow, better than I imagined." Friends wins 'C' title
For the past two years, Friends Academy senior midfielder Jon Nierenberg knew what losing was like in a Long Island championship. Tuesday he experienced winning it.
Nierenberg scored two goals in the first half as Friends Academy won the Long Island Class C championship, defeating Southold, 5-1, at Diamond in the Pines in Coram.
"The last two years were a little tough with losing," Nierenberg said. "So we knew what that felt like and so we made sure we came out strong."
Friends Academy (12-2-2) will play the in regional final Saturday against the Section I/Section IX winner (time and site to be determined).
Smithtown Christian winsGiovanni Cervini scored the fourth goal in Smithtown Christian's 4-0 win over Eldred (Section IX) in the Class D Subregional at Middletown High School. Matt Drzymala, Jeremiah Shaw and Tim Voisich also scored. Smithtown Christian (6-7-1) will face Fort Ann at Colonie Hill High School at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Southeast Regional championship.