It was a similar situation for the Southold High School boys soccer team. Another fine season ended for them in heartache.
Last year the First Settlers lost in a regional final in a penalty-kick tiebreaker. This past November it was a goal in the dying moments of regulation time by Miles Ogihara that brought Solomon Schechter a 1-0 triumph over the Southolders in a Class C regional semifinal at Lakeland High School in Shrub Oak, N.Y.
“I feel for this team because last year was the same thing,” First Settlers coach Andrew Sadowski said. “We couldn’t have asked them to do anything more but put one in.”
Outstanding goalkeeping by Noah Dunn denied Southold time and time again. The First Settlers finished with a 14-3-1 record.
“This is what we play for,” Sadowski said. “We play to get to this part of the season. With as well as we played this year, as well as we played that second half, it’s just …”
It was quite a season for the First Settlers, who with the aid of the dynamic duo of seniors Peter Fouchet and Joey Worysz finished atop League VIII with a spotless 10-0 league record. They bagged their third straight Suffolk County title, seventh in 11 years and 21st at the Class C and D levels since 1978.
A 2-1 regular-season win over Stony Brook brought Sadowski his 250th career win. His career mark currently stands at 259-104-21.
Sadowski, who is in his 22nd year as Southold’s coach, ranked third in wins by active Suffolk coaches and 17th on the all-time list before the start of the season , according to the Suffolk County Boys Soccer Coaches Association.
Sadowski said, “Time just keeps going and you keep trying to be competitive and create teams that are working hard and learning about life, and all of a sudden, it’s 22 years later.”
Photo Caption: Southold sophomore Joe Berry looks on as Schechter players pile on during the celebration following their 1-0 win in the Class C regional semifinals. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister, file)
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