Today in Sports: Mattituck boys set to defend L.I. crown

11/08/2011 10:00 AM |

ROBERT O'ROURK FILE PHOTO | ROBERT O'ROURK FILE PHOTO | Mattituck senior Shawn Smiley fights through Southampton defender Tyler Wisner last week in the first round of the playoffs.

It’s been a thrilling start to the postseason for the Mattituck boys soccer. It started with a 2-1 upset over previously unbeaten Southampton in the first round and continued with a 2-1 win Saturday over Center Moriches for the Class B county title.

Today the Tuckers look to keep the ride going with a rematch of last year’s Long Island Championship when they face Nassau champion Wheatley (12-3-2) at 5 p.m. at Diamond in the Pines. The Tuckers won 3-2 against Wheatley last year in a game they led 2-0. Wheatley came back to tie the game before the Tuckers got a second straight game-winning goal from Andres Aldaz.

Mattituck (11-6-1) will be playing for its third Long Island title in five years. A win would send the Tuckers to a Regional Final between either Section I or Section IX Saturday.

Two wins still stand in the way of the Tuckers reaching their first Final Four since 2007.

Wheatley hasn’t given up a goal in its last four games, including playoff wins over Oyster Bay and Cold Spring Harbor.

To follow along with all the action from today’s game, log on to SuffolkTimes.com at 5 p.m.

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