James Jacobs had one thought in his mind: keep the ball out of the net.
As the clock dipped under 10 minutes in the second half of Thursday afternoon’s Class B outbracket playoff game, the Mattituck goalkeeper could sense the pressure increasing. READ
Forget for a moment win-loss records, standings and playoff scenarios. Sometimes a team just needs a win to boost morale and build confidence.
The Mattituck High School boys soccer team has its work cut out for itself this season.
Every team in League VII reached either the Suffolk County Class A or Class B playoffs last season. That includes Class A power Elwood/John Glenn and Class B champion Center Moriches.
Eighty years ago Sunday — on Oct. 2, 1936 — Mattituck High School tried its hand, well, actually its feet, at a new sport.
After losing its head coach and most of the squad from its state championship boys soccer team of a year before, Mattituck High School experienced a transitional season in 2015.
That’s if you consider a 12-5 record and reaching the Suffolk County Class B semifinals a transition.
But this is Mattituck, where anything less than a county championship is a disappointment.
When the Mattituck High School boys soccer team gathered for its first training session last August, the Tuckers had but one goalkeeper in camp and he was a freshman.
James Jacob was thrown into the deep end of the Suffolk County League VII pool and did not sink. He blossomed into a top goalkeeper.
In order to restructure the program, Bishop McGann-Mercy High School has decided not to field a varsity boys soccer team this fall season.
The school wants to make sure the varsity is able to compete with upperclassmen, mostly seniors, and not with just freshmen, sophomore and juniors.
The Mattituck High School boys varsity soccer team doesn’t see many coaching changes. So, understandably, there was a lot of interest when Mat Litchhult made the stunning announcement just days after the Tuckers won their third state championship last year that he was stepping down as the team’s coach. Who would be his successor? READ
Southold goalkeeper Dylan Clausen will be part of the latest chapter of a rivalry with Mattituck when the teams meet for the first time since 2011 on Saturday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato, file)
Will Hayes certainly got a rude awakening when his father Bill took him to his first Mattituck-Southold derby as an eighth grader in 1994. READ
Perhaps under another system or at another time, freshmen Bryce Grathwohl and James Jacobs would have been bypassed and left sitting on the bench this season. But the Mattituck High School boys soccer team lost an astounding 19 seniors from last year’s New York State Class B champion squad. That presented opportunities for younger players like Grathwohl and Jacobs. READ