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Fernando Robayo scores tying goals, sets up winner for St. Anthony’s

St. Anthony's Cole Orent and Massapequa's Erik Teble

St. Anthony's Cole Orent and Massapequa's Erik Teble go for the ball in the second half during ta non-league boys soccer game Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, at St Anthony's. Photo Credit: Bob Sorensen

While the game may not have had any conference ramifications, St. Anthony’s boys soccer team didn’t need a lot of help getting pumped up for their non-league match with Massapequa on Monday night.

Pride, as it usually does anytime the Friars take the field in anything, still mattered — and that was all they needed.

“They’re a good side,” Fernando Robayo said after a 2-1 win over Massapequa at St. Anthony’s High School. “They came to our home last year, it was a tough game, and we came out with a win. This year, they came back again and we had to come out, play to win, and protect our home.”

Robayo had a hand in both St. Anthony’s goals, scoring the first one to tie the game midway through the second half and assisting on Dom D’Angelo’s game-winner a few minutes later.

“I was on the other side of the field,” D’Angelo said. “Fernando [Robayo] beat a player, crossed it into the middle, and I headed the ball in. It was a perfect cross and [the ball] went straight down the middle [of the net]. The goalkeeper was way off his line. I made sure the ball stayed down and I put it in.”

After playing a scoreless first half, St. Anthony’s (12-1-3) fell behind six minutes into the second when Massapequa’s Alessandro Sambone knocked in a header.

The early deficit, though certainly unwelcome, wasn’t a point of concern for St. Anthony’s. The Friars were at home. They were confident. And, perhaps most of all, they were mad.

“This has happened a couple of times this season,” Robayo said of falling behind. “I just calm myself down and tell my team to calm down . . . We came back. It was just focusing. We tend to let the goals against us come first and then, once that happens, we kind of get into a shock and play our style of soccer.”

D’Angelo added: “I think we’re pretty comfortable [falling behind]. We’re very composed when it comes to that. I think we use anger when we do go down and force that right to them and use that to our advantage . . . As soon as we gave up a goal, we put high pressure and did what we were supposed to do and came up with two results.”

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