Floral Park's 2015 boys soccer team is headed into the history books.
The Knights captured the school's first Nassau Class A title in the sport, defeating perennial powerhouse Jericho, 3-2, Wednesday night on three spectacular headers by senior Jonathan Ferone. It was a thoroughly entertaining game played before a roaring crowd of more than 800 fans at Bethpage High School.
"Indescribable. An amazing feeling," said Ferone, who scored two goals in the first half and another early in the second as the Knights (12-2-3) grabbed a 3-0 lead against the Jayhawks (11-3-5), who have appeared in 10 county finals, winning seven.
So it was no surprise when Jericho turned a blowout into a thriller. Dylan Zeiff and A.J. Pinto scored goals 1:17 apart beginning in the ninth minute of the second half, both on assists from Sal DiGuardia. "It was a monster game for our program," Floral Park coach Kevin Pokojny said. "We showed great heart and so did Jericho. They had a chance to tie it."
Numerous chances in fact. But defender Kyle Darden used a booming left foot and some aggressive headers of his own to protect the lead that Ferone had created with some fancy headwork.
Ferone converted a corner-kick cross from Lorenzo Arrindell in the fifth minute. With 24:00 left in the first half, on another set piece -- this time a free kick from Brendan Fogerty -- Ferone headed it into the top corner for a 2-0 advantage.
The third goal was much more spontaneous. Luke Dearmas delivered a pass in front and Ferone said, "I just gave it a nice flick."
A flick for a hat trick and a piece of school history. After the game, Ferone mustered up enough energy to leap over the fence and into the arms of some adoring fans. "Those were some of my best friends," Ferone said.
He made quite a few more last night.