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Jon Flecker, Eric Chiappone lead Carle Place to Nassau 'B' title

Carle Place's boys soccer team has ended the briefest of title droughts.

After missing the playoffs last year, the No. 1 Frogs defeated No. 2 Wheatley, 4-0, to secure their third Nassau Class B championship in four seasons on Thursday. They will face the Suffolk Class B champion on Tuesday at Diamond in the Pines in Coram.

Jon Flecker and Eric Chiappone each scored twice.

"We've built up a pretty nice run here," coach Allen Foraker said.

Chiappone entered the game as Carle Place's goal-scoring leader with nine. Flecker had never scored a varsity goal.

Flecker, a junior midfielder, got Carle Place (10-3-2) on the board in the 13th minute, one-timing Anthony Machado's pass into the net. After Tommy Browne's shot was batted away, Flecker scored his second goal in a scramble to give Carle Place a 3-0 lead in the second half.

"It was pretty unexpected," Foraker said. "[Flecker] came off the bench all year playing midfield. His first goal was really what set the tone."

After Flecker's first goal, Wheatley broke through the backline and got a one-on-one with Carle Place goalie Liam Lofgren. Lofgren (five saves) corralled a shot toward the left post without allowing a second opportunity.

"He's been our leader all year," Foraker said.

Chiappone scored his first goal on a penalty kick in the 57th minute. His second goal was Carle Place's finishing touch, as he chested Dylan Iglesias' pass onto his foot and fired into the upper right corner from the top of the 18-yard box.

"It was a beauty," Foraker said.

The Frogs won the state title in 2013 but have not even begun to look toward Tuesday's Long Island championship game. "We'll enjoy this for a few days," Foraker said.

"To go undefeated in the conference, that shows a sign of consistency," he added. "But to do what we did in the county final today feels great."


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