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West Islip coach Nick Grieco gets 100th career win on Wednesday

West Islip girls varsity soccer head coach Nick

West Islip girls varsity soccer head coach Nick Grieco watches his team against Northport on Oct. 10, 2011. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

At this rate, West Islip girls soccer coach Nick Grieco would win his 500th game in the year 2042.

May seem like a long time, but in the soccer world, it's pretty quick.

"We've been winning about 15 games a year," he said, jokingly. "I don't know if I can keep that pace up."

The Lions have been a model of consistency and a perennial contender under Grieco's tutelage. So, it didn't take long for him to reach his first triple-digit milestone. Grieco, in his seventh season as Lions head coach, earned his 100th career victory on Wednesday after a 1-0 win over Half Hollow Hills West.

The Lions have reached the playoffs each season under Grieco, who was born and raised in West Islip. They advanced to four county championship games, winning one. Grieco called that 2009 county championship win, in which West Islip erased a 2-0 deficit in the final nine minutes and scored the winning goal as time expired, his favorite of the 100 victories.

"The girls get the bulk of the credit," he said. "I'm very appreciative of every girl I've coached and the commitment and effort they've put in to make this a successful program for the school and community."

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