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Nick Roros scores in double OT as Hauppauge tops Huntington, 1-0

Hauppauge players celebrate their double-overtime win with seconds

Hauppauge players celebrate their double-overtime win with seconds left in near-darkness against Huntington in a Suffolk boys soccer game on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

The players on Hauppauge's bench swarmed onto the field. Coaches hugged. Senior midfielder Nick Scozzari exclaimed, "Yes!" with arms raised.

Then everyone in a blue soccer uniform mobbed senior forward Nick Roros.

It was a celebration 99 minutes and 55 seconds in the making. Even the pouring rain and gusty winds couldn't stop it.

Roros headed in the winner with 4.9 seconds left in the second overtime as visiting Hauppauge edged Huntington, 1-0, Wednesday to give the Eagles a share of the League IV title.

Hauppauge, Huntington and Deer Park are co-champions because each team finished 11-1-2. If Huntington had won, the Blue Devils would have won the title outright.

Scozzari's take on the game's final play? "It was pretty crazy," he said.

After a throw-in with less than 15 seconds left, the ball found Scozzari, who crossed it to Roros, who finished near the net surrounded by a scrum of players.

"There was a lot of chaos," Roros said. "I just looked for the ball, then just knew I had to take the shot."

Scozzari said he had no doubt the game would end on the play.

"I knew it was going in because Nick is our best finisher," Scozzari said. "I knew that right when the ball was in the air. It was a great feeling. There's nothing like winning like that."

The low-scoring game wasn't a surprise because the teams played to a scoreless draw in their other matchup this season.

"When we play them, it's just a good fight," Scozzari said.

The main reason for that is because both defenses are among the stingiest in the county. In this one, Huntington defender Scott Gulizio made several takeaways late in regulation. John Greiner (seven saves) made a pair of good stops in overtime for Hauppauge.

"We just had two teams who want to be league champions pretty bad," Roros said. "For us to win against a tough team like this means a lot."

There's no time for any more celebrating, however, according to Scozzari, a captain.

"We have to get ready and rested for our first playoff game next week," he said, "because we have to also win that one."

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