Bryan Flores is obviously the same person he was last year. He’s not nearly the same soccer player, though.
Last year Flores was a little-used reserve player, one of the last on Mattituck’s bench. “He didn’t play much,” coach Will Hayes said. “He came to practice every single day with a smile on his face and just kept grinding.”
Flores participated in a couple of indoor practices over the winter, but didn’t play for Mattituck’s summer league team. Hayes wasn’t even sure if Flores would come out for the team in training camp before receiving a text message.
Then, Hayes saw the new and improved Flores, who is taller and stronger. The senior left wing reported to camp fit and ready. READ
While a torrential downpour pelted players, coaches and spectators during the second half at Southold High School on Thursday afternoon, interim head coach Lucas Grigonis turned to someone on the sidelines and said, “The weather has been like our season: stormy, slightly wet and uncomfortable.”
Grigonis wasn’t kidding.
The First Settlers have endured much in a season that is barely a month old. READ
The young man with the longest name on the Greenport High School boys soccer team may utter the fewest words. Cristian Quezada Arevalo doesn’t have much to say. He lets his play speak for itself. It speaks volumes. READ
The comparisons are inevitable.
Five years ago, Kaan Ilgin earned All-America honors while playing a vital role as Mattituck High School captured the New York State Class B boys soccer championship. READ
One thing is certain for the Mattituck, Southold and Greenport boys soccer teams in Suffolk County League VII. There will be no easy games because competition has gotten tighter. READ
Tall, lean and not mean (but a true competitor, nonetheless), Chris Nicholson looks the part of a central defender. What’s also part of the package — though not as obvious until one sees him in action on the soccer field — is his speed. He can sure run.
Joe Silvestro has never played for a county champion Southold High School boys soccer team. Not that he didn’t come close — several times.
Last year, Southold lost to Greenport in the Suffolk County Class C final, 1-0. And both years prior to that, the First Settlers fell to Pierson/Bridgehampton, both by 1-0 scores.
“It’s always like a heartbreaker at the end,” said Silvestro, a four-year varsity player who played in all three of those finals.
Silvestro wants to change that. READ
The comfort factor is a two-way street.
Greg Dlhopolsky is no stranger to the Greenport boys soccer program. The Porters’ new coach is a familiar face. He knows the players and the players know him. READ
The Greenport High School boys soccer team did just about everything it could to win its biggest game in a decade for a fallen teammate. Everything, that is, except win.
Not that the Porters didn’t try their darnedest. READ
Greenport High school senior midfielder Mateo Arias has been named to the Suffolk County All-County team.
Arias was among 45 players honored at the Suffolk County Soccer Coaches Association at its annual all-star banquet at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook on Wednesday night. (more…)