Alex Spaun says he learned a valuable lesson during his three-year run as Sayville's goalkeeper.
"If you don't communicate with your backs, then there isn't any organization, or team," Spaun said. "Make sure the back post is covered and make sure guys are stepping up every time when the ball is cleared."
Spaun never forgot to shout that out each time he stepped on the field. He learned it from former Sayville goalkeeper Chris Kucera, who helped Spaun get in better shape in the weight room.
"If you really want to make something of yourself, it's possible," the 5-10 senior said.
Spaun was talking about being a member of the Suffolk All-Star soccer team that faced its Nassau counterparts Saturday at Diamond in the Pines in Coram.
"It's a great feeling to be recognized. I really couldn't feel any better being a part of this," said Spaun, who led the Golden Flashes to the 2013 Suffolk Class A title. "No doubt, this was one of the easiest choices I could make to give myself an opportunity to step on the field with these guys."
Brentwood's Ever Torres is certainly one of those guys. Spaun not only got a chance to play with Torres in Suffolk's first All-Star game win over Nassau, but he also got to play with the other All-Stars in Suffolk's second win.
Torres scored in the 31st minute of Suffolk Red's 1-0 win in Game 1.
Spaun and Suffolk Red scored one more goal in their 2-1 win over Nassau Blue in Game 2. Ryan McEnerney's goal off an assist from Pierson-Bridgehampton's Jack Fitzpatrick in the 34th minute was the difference.
"When I was younger, it clicked in my head that if I wanted to play in college, I needed to get in better shape, start lifting and run more," Spaun said. "I saw it all come together here."
So did Deer Park's Nkosi Burgess, who carried home the All-Star Trophy from Game 1.
"Hopefully, this gives us some recognition," Burgess said of Deer Park, a No. 7 seed in this year's Suffolk Class AA playoffs that lost to Central Islip in the first round. "I really enjoyed this. I'd like to think this puts us on the map."