Thanks to strong play in the midfield and a pair of well-taken finishes, Commack maintained its unbeaten record and notched another win over its top league rival.
Tyler Meotti and Liam Rothar scored second-half goals to lead Commack to a 2-0 win over host Brentwood in a Suffolk I boys soccer game Monday night, giving the Cougars a sweep of the season series between the two powerhouses.
“Any time you can come here and pull out a win is amazing,” coach Dave Moran said. “But make no mistake about it, that team is going to come after you in the playoffs. They’re a fantastic program that’s well coached with a plethora of good players.”
The battle in the midfield was the key for Commack (9-0-1), which controlled the ball for large stretches and ramped up the pressure in the second half.
“They always play hard, so we just had to come out and play harder,” Rothar said.
With 18:30 left, Commack finally converted its possession edge into a goal. Matt Newfield lined up for a free kick at the top of the penalty area, but instead of taking a shot he made a pass on his right to Meotti, whose right-footed shot found the back of the net.
“There was an opening on the side of the wall, my coach yelled over to me and told me to make a run and I did,” Meotti said. “It was a big relief to get that first goal of the game.”
Brentwood (7-2) pushed for an equalizer, but the Cougars put the game away about seven minutes later, when Rothar found a way to score from close range after falling to the ground.
“Matt Newfield played a really nice ball into the box and Aidan Keenan had another nice flick and I tried a [bicycle kick],” Rothar said. “I was on the floor and nobody stepped to me, so I just put it in the back of the net.”
Brian Mirman had three saves for Commack, which also got a strong effort up front from Matthew Cozetti, one of the top scorers in the county who attracted the attention of the Brentwood defense and created chances for his teammates.
“It’s good to see other people step up and do what they did today,” said Cozetti, who has nine goals and five assists this season. “It motivates them and it motivates the team and now we can progress from here.”