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Southold boys soccer loses in regional semifinal

Noah Mina of Southold heads the ball in

Noah Mina of Southold heads the ball in the Southeast Regional Class C final at Lakeland High School on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Photo Credit: Errol Anderson

LAKELAND, N.Y. - The run has ended for the Southold boys soccer team.

Solomon Schechter School of Westchester's Miles Ogihara scored on a breakaway with 36 seconds remaining to defeat the Settlers, 1-0, in a NYSPHSAA Southeast Regional semifinal Wednesday at Lakeland High School.

Southold, which defeated Pierson/Bridgehampton Saturday for its third straight Suffolk Class C title, finishes with a 14-3-1 record.

"With as well as we played this year, as well as we played that second half, it's just, we shouldn't be going home like this," coach Andrew Sadowski said.

In that second half, Southold manufactured several opportunities, but Schechter's Noah Dunn (six saves total) gobbled up every shot.

"We certainly can't ask them to do any more but put one in," Sadowski said. "It's not because of a lack of effort. The second half I thought they played phenomenal."

Peter Fouchet sent a pair of rockets from about 30 yards out, each heading for the top left corner. With 27 minutes left, Dunn leaped and snared the ball out of the air. With 15 minutes left, he jumped and got enough of his left hand on the shot to send it over the net.

"I thought the last one was definitely going in," Sadowski said.

But because it did not go through, the game remained scoreless, setting the stage for Ogihara's winner.

Ogihara, whose overtime goal in Friday's Section I final propelled Schechter into this match, took a pass from Benji Robinov and was one-on-one with Southold goalkeeper Dylan Clausen (four saves). Ogihara's shot to the left corner ricocheted off the round post and in.

Sadowski said Clausen did everything he could to stop the shot.

"He came out and cut the angle out," Sadowski said. "The kid got lucky that it hit the inside of the post. If that's a square post, it hits the corner and comes out."

The Settlers fell to Rhinebeck in penalty kicks in last year's regional final.

But as winners of three straight county titles, the Southold can still be proud, Sadowski said.

"They were undefeated in league," said Sadowski, who has been coaching for 22 years. "There are guys on that team that have won three county titles in a row. I've only had one group of players that have done better, that won four county titles in a row ."

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