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Rolman Guardado scores twice as Amityville dominates Mepham

Amityville's Rolman Guardado (13) and Mepham's Corey Lichtman

Amityville's Rolman Guardado (13) and Mepham's Corey Lichtman (15) play the ball in the second half during the Class A Long Island High School Boys Soccer finals between Amityville and Mepham on Sunday, Nov 4, 2018. Credit: Bob Sorensen

Amityville continued its campaign of shock and awe on Sunday.

The Warriors scored five first-half goals in a 5-0 win over Mepham in the Long Island Class A boys soccer championship game at Diamond in the Pines in Coram. They have won three of the last four Long Island finals.

Amityville (20-0-1) will face Brighton (17-4) of Section V in a state Class A semifinal at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at Middletown High School.

“We took their momentum away pretty fast by scoring the five goals in quick succession,” said Rolman Guardado (two goals). “It can be pretty demoralizing for the other teams, but we want to take the doubt out of every match as fast as we can.”

That sentiment may be rooted in the Warriors’ Oct. 4 tie with Sayville.  “That tie felt like losing a very big game for our guys,” coach Mike Abbondondolo said. “We had ups and down in the season, but our downs were more like games we won by one goal. The Sayville game taught us not to waste minutes. I think that’s what you saw today in the way we played.”

Amityville scored its first three goals in an 11-minute span.

Kymani Hines put a move on a defender, leaving him seated on the pitch, and found Henry Martinez for a undefended shot and goal with 33:09 left in the half.

Hines did it all himself with some brilliant one-on-one moves and put in a left-footed shot on the left side with 28:24 left. Guardado scored his first goal with 22:12 remaining. Out on a breakaway, he seemed to lose control briefly but recovered and scored into the top of the goal.

“Everyone on this team is special but brings something different,” Hines said. “We play unselfishly because you want to be a team. Individuals don’t win. Teams win.’’

Angel Zavala scored nine minutes later and Guardado got his second goal with 10:45 left before the break.

Mepham (15-2-1) was more aggressive in the second half with nine shots at the goal, but keeper Kyle Barsic was able to make saves on the three that were right on target, two by Connor Buehler.

Amityville won the state public school title in 2015 and a number of current Warriors played on that team. Guardado and Carlos Ponce  seemed especially eager to get one more taste of that glory.

“It’s what every public school player in this big state wants,” Ponce said. “A state championship is the dream.”

“Winning a title this time would mean a lot more for the seniors who were on that team,” Guardado said. “It was a great experience and one we always thought we would get to have again.”


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