By Rick Murphy
Make no mistake about it, high school soccer is on the rise locally, and healthy rivalries are forming much the same as they developed in football and basketball.
East Hampton, Southampton, Pierson/Bridgehampton and Southold have all taken home county championships in the past few years. It's too early to spot the bragging rights, but what is probably going to happen this season is what happened last season – the local teams take turns beating each other.
But that's for later in the season. Right now, it's about getting the ships in order.
For East Hampton, it about offense or the lack thereof – the team has been unable to consistently mount attacks. That fault manifested itself Friday, when the locals were blanked at home 1-0 by Wading River. Bonac only had a few deep penetrations and wasted a beautifully played defensive game.
Bonac dropped to 1-3 on the season. After beating Mattituck 5-0 on September 1, the locals have dropped three straight without scoring a single goal.
Southampton is off to a tough start. The Mariners were crushed by Walt Whitman 6-1 Saturday to run their record to 0-2-1. Joey Avallone scored the lone goal for the losers. A day earlier Hampton Bays beat Southampton 2-1. Joe Luss scored for the losers but Dylan Flores scored twice for the Baymen including the winner with 5:30 left on the clock.
Pierson/Bridgehampton won its opener Friday, besting Stony Brook 3-1. Sam Warne scored twice and assisted on another goal and Grady Burton also scored. Dylan Kaminski and Will Martin split the netminding chores and made 4 saves each.
Southold beat McCann Friday 6-0 behind the scoring of Ryan Herrman, who exploded for three goals. Joe Silvestro (2) and Nelson Bonilla also scored. Luis Herrera recorded two assists and Cole Brigham, manned the goal, repelling five shots.
Southold came into Sag Harbor Saturday and lost a nailbiter to the locals, 1-0. Borys Zasada scored on a feed from Luis Padilla for the winner. Kevin Feliciano was in the net for the Whalers. The settlers dropped to 2-1 on the season. The Whalers are 2-0.
Laube Does It Again
There is no telling how high Tim Laube will rank on the list of Long island football greats when his final season ends this year. But put it this way: he is on the short list of the best running backs in Suffolk County history already.
Friday night his team, Westhampton, made a miracle comeback against Bellport to win its opening game. Guess who led the charge?
Credit Bellport's DJ Trent, who apparently forgot to read Laube's press clippings. Trent ran for three first half touchdowns and the Clippers forged to a 30-21 first half lead. Trent scored again in the third to make it 38-21. The Hurricanes and Laube, playing before a crowd of 1500 fans at home, made a determined late charge.
Laube scored on a one yard plunge and when the home team stifled the Clippers, Laube and company got the ball back again. Tyler Nolan exploded for a 62-yard blast. Once again the Clippers failed to score, and Laube, Nolan and company moved up the field. Laube's one-yarder gave the locals the late lead.
Bellport wasn't done. The quarterback Devin Trent engineered a long drive, and the Clippers lined up from the Westhampton three yard line with 13 seconds left and the game on the line.
But Laube is more than just a scoring machine – he plays defense, too. Devin Trent took the snap, bobbled it, and was met by a blitzing Laube. Trent tried to hand off to his twin brother TJ, but Laube was in the middle of the play. Game over.
It was just another day at the office for Laube, who rushed for 262 yards on 29 carries and scored four times (he had 40 touchdowns last season). DJ Trent ran for 153 yards not including a scintillating 83 kickoff return to open the game.
The Hurricanes next play on Saturday at Half Hollow Hills West. Kickoff is slated for 1 PM.