Boys Soccer: Mattituck, Southold one win away from states

11/08/2014 12:00 PM |
Mario Arreola (left) and Shayne Johnson will lead their respective teams into the regional finals Saturday. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mario Arreola (left) and Shayne Johnson will lead their respective teams into the regional finals Saturday. (Credit: Garret Meade)

One win stands in the way of a trip to Middletown and the state final four for the Mattituck and Southold boys soccer teams. 

The Tuckers and First Settlers will play a doubleheader at Diamond in the Pines in Coram today in the regional semifinals. Mattituck, the Long Island Class B winner, is hosting Rye Neck of Section I at 4 p.m., followed by Southold facing Rhinebeck of Section IX at 6 p.m. Admission for each game is $7.

Rye Neck defeated Highland of Section IX Wednesday, 2-0. Rhinebeck won 3-0 against Schechter of Section I Wednesday.

The winners of each game will advance to next weekend’s final four matchups, which start Nov. 15 at Middletown High School. The state championship games are Nov. 16.

The First Settlers will be facing the third-ranked Class C team in the state in Rhinebeck, which will come into the game with a 17-1 record. Southold won an overtime thriller against Pierson Tuesday to win the county championship.

The Tuckers, currently the top-ranked Class B team in the state, will be facing the fifth-ranked team in Rye Neck, which comes into the game at 13-5-3.

Mattituck has cruised so far in its three playoff wins, including its most recent victory against Nassau champ Wheatley.

Be sure to check back tonight for recaps and photos of both games.

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