This time, there was no drought to end. Amityville had a title to defend.
And the No. 2 Warriors became the first team in the boys soccer program’s history to repeat as Suffolk Class A champion, knocking off No. 5 Harborfields, 4-0, Thursday at Diamond in the Pines. Not bad, considering they went 35 years without a championship before last year’s run to the state title.
Marlon Martinez scored twice for a 2-0 lead, and Kevin Rivera and Elvis Amaya added the finishing touches in the final 10 minutes.
“Every time you win a championship no matter if it’s for 10 years straight or one year, it’s always a pleasure to win it,” defender Carlos Ponce said.
In a season replete with parallels to last year, two more surfaced on Thursday. The Warriors (14-4-1) defeated Harborfields (11-7-1) — their opponent in last year’s final — and got two goals from a Martinez.
In 2015, Marlon’s cousin, Josue, scored twice to lead Amityville to its first county championship since 1980. This time, Marlon scored in the 37th and 44th minutes to provide breathing room to the Warriors.
The difference is that Josue led the 2015 Warriors all season, while Marlon is peaking in the playoffs. He has scored five times in three games after recording four goals in the regular season.
“My main motivation is my cousin — not to be like him, but to be better than him,” Marlon, a junior, said. “After seeing how far he took the team last year, I just want to do the same but even better.”
As a team, Amityville cannot achieve more than it did last year. But the Warriors like their chances moving forward. Glen Cove is their next opponent, in Sunday’s Long Island championship.
“We could make it to states again,” sophomore captain Angel Zavala said. “We’ve got a lot of potential with these kids.”
Said coach Mike Abbondondolo, “This year’s team, I don’t want to say it’s better than last year’s team, but it’s just different. It’s deeper. It’s more technical. It’s younger, but you also have the experience from the run last year.”
In a way, that run is still going.