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Plainview JFK continues strong start, improves to 4-0

Plainview JFK goalie No. 1 Eric Levin, left,

Plainview JFK goalie No. 1 Eric Levin, left, celebrates with teammates No. 8 David Geyer, center, and No. 7 Zachary Schain after the Hawks' 2-0 win over host Hicksville in a Nassau boys soccer game on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Credit: James Escher

This just in: Plainview JFK has a pretty good boys soccer team this season.

The Hawks bet you didn't know that. Not that they care too much about recognition, though. "We're sort of an off-the-map team," senior forward Zachary Schain said. "But hey, we're also undefeated."

"We love it," defender David Geyer quickly interjected.

"We just come out there and do our thing," added Schain with a smile.

Playing the role of underdog perfectly, Plainview JFK defeated host Hicksville, 2-0, Monday in a Nassau Conference AA-II contest.

Hicksville (3-1) entered this week ranked No. 16 in the state, according to the latest New York State coaches' poll.

Plainview JFK? Well, let's just say the Hawks were not among those ranked.

"We knew Hicksville was the team with the ranking and the hype," Geyer said. "So we wanted to put a message out there that we are going to win, this is what we are about and we want it more."

Message received.

Austin Geier scored from close range off a pretty cross from Brett Hollander to give Plainview JFK (4-0) a 1-0 lead with 12 minutes left in the first half.

Schain said he wasn't completely comfortable just yet. So he did something about that.

Schain, who was unmarked near the net, headed in the Hawks' second goal with 12:23 left in the second half on a perfectly placed corner kick by Jonathan Messinger.

At that point, Schain said the possibility of an upset started to sink in.

"The second goal was the icing on the cake and it sort of iced the game," Schain said. "When it became 2-0, it became a different game. We got our energy back that we were missing."

Still, with plenty of time left, Plainview JFK needed stops against Hicksville's powerful offense. For the Hawks, it's a good thing they have one of the most underrated defenses in the county.

"It's always stressful when you're on defense and have to preserve a win, but as a defender, you have to love the stress," Geyer said. "It's exciting and you're in the spotlight so you have to make some big plays."

They made plenty of those. Geyer soared through the air and made a critical clear with seven minutes left. Two minutes later, midfielder Tyler Altschul made a nice stop on a corner kick.

Then, with five minutes left, goalie Eric Levin, who recorded eight saves, made a diving save while ranging to his right.

"Eric played a heck of a game," Geyer said. "I've never seen him play this well."

Funny, the Hawks, who have allowed only one goal, are playing so well they're surprising even themselves.

And this just in: Geyer and the Hawks have a modified message based on this start.

Said Geyer: "It's our season."

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