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Commack and Hills West battle to tie

Two of the top teams on Long Island squared off this afternoon with host Half Hollow Hills West and Commack finishing in a scoreless tie.

Hills West dominated the first half, but Commack goalkeeper Jake Amereno denied the Colts. He made seven of his 11 saves in the half.
"It's one position we don't worry about," Commack coach David Viegas said. "He's technically sound. We know he's going to come up with the big save. We believe we have the best goalkeeper on Long Island. He attacks balls well coming out of the air. He has great reflexes."
It came against a Hills West team that can be explosive and has a lot of offensive firepower. Maryland-bound Donovan Fraser had a few chances to score, including one with 2:08 left in the game.
"I cut it back and got the defender going," Fraser said. "I think I could have taken another touch, but took a shot and it went wide. He is a good goalie. He got everything in the air."
Dylan Greenberg was stopped in front of the net with 1:26 left in the game.
"We connected well," he said. "We had some chances. Unfortunately, we didn't finish."
Amereno was happy with the way Commack responded after a lackluster first half.
"We showed good resiliency," he said. "They dominated in the first half and we came back with some good chances in the second half."
Added Viegas: "We didn't play well in the first half. That's a credit to their team.
The second half we played better. We still have a lot of work to do. We have three new guys in the back. We threw them into the first against some talented individuals."
In the end, Amereno was a big reason why Hills West was kept scoreless.
"He's phenomenal," HHHW coach Doug Gannon said. "He controls the box almost to the point where you can put balls in the air on him and you have to keep them outside of the 18 or he will grab them. He made every save he had to and didn't bobble anything."


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