HAMPTON BAYS — Soccer can be a funny game sometimes.
At first blush, one might have expected a high-scoring affair when the Mattituck Tuckers and Hampton Bays Baymen played their Suffolk County League VII rematch on Thursday. After all, the teams combined for seven goals in a one-goal Mattituck win on Sept. 24. Also to be taken into account is the small, narrow field at Hampton Bays High School, where any shot in the offensive end can be a threat to go in the net.
And then there was Kevin Reyer, scoring a brilliant goal for Mattituck 9 minutes 20 seconds after the opening kickoff. Moments later, Reyer nearly added a second strike, sliding to slam the ball against the left goalpost.
This was going to be a goalfest, right?
Reyer’s fourth goal of the season stood up for a 1-0 Mattituck victory in the Suffolk County League VII game. Cody Huntley made six saves, a couple of which were first class, for the team’s eighth shutout.
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