Southold High School could not recover from a two-goal halftime deficit and suffered a 3-1 defeat to Port Jefferson in the Suffolk County Class C boys soccer final in Coram Saturday afternoon.
Senior forward Vincent Antonelli struck for a hat-trick for the Royals at Diamond in the Pines. He headed a Blake Bohlen right-wing cross past goalkeeper Kenji Fujita with 20:13 remaining in the opening half before adding a second goal with 2:35 left in the half.
Antonelli put home a Connor Crovello feed with 28:49 to go in the second half.
Senior forward Evan Miller pulled one back for the First Settlers (13-5) with 13:00 remaining in the match.
Three of Southold’s five losses were to the Royals, who also defeated Southold last year in the finals.
Port Jeff (16-0) will play the Nassau County B champion for the Long Island title at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale at 11 a.m. on Monday.