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Eric Levin and defense lead Plainview JFK to Nassau AA-III boys soccer title

Plainview JFK goalie Eric Levin plays a ball

Plainview JFK goalie Eric Levin plays a ball off of his chest during the second half of a boys soccer game at Hicksville on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Credit: James Escher

Defense has been Plainview JFK's strong suit this year.

So it was fitting that Eric Levin played frugally in goal and David Geyer led a busy backline that gave 'defense' new meaning for the Hawks' boys soccer team, as in title defense.

Host Westbury had chance after chance in the second half Friday, but Plainview JFK thwarted each one and locked up its second straight Nassau AA-III championship with a scoreless draw. Coach Christine Ho said this was the first time in her 16 years with the program that Plainview JFK has repeated as league champions.

Levin made five saves as the Hawks (8-2-2) posted their 10th shutout.

"We were pretty confident we were going to win ," Levin said. "I just wanted it to be done and out of the way. Now I just want to win everything."

Like Levin, Geyer and the defensive unit won seemingly every ball.

The chemistry developed by the junior goalie and his senior centerback was on display against Westbury. Levin was able to come out aggressively a few times, knowing Geyer would be able to clean up any mess. And Geyer knew Levin would be there behind him if he got beat.

"I would say that there's a hundred percent trust between us," Geyer said.

A relentlessly active Sadiki Johnson was at the forefront of Westbury's attack. He created seven chances in the second half with his athleticism and physicality, but Plainview JFK's backline swallowed him up each time.

"We were going to take care of it," Levin said. "We were going to get him out of there with a ball or with a body. We were not going to let it get past us."

For Westbury, its league title drought is now at 10 years. Nonetheless, the Green Dragons (7-2-4) secured a berth in the Nassau Class AA playoffs.

"There's a bigger picture in there," Westbury coach Chris Valentini said. "This conference would have been very nice to win, but I told them, 'You win a Nassau County championship, you'll never think about this game again.' "


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