Boys soccer begins to heat up at the right time

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Julian Kimball, Contributing Writer

Two months into the season, the boys soccer team has lived up to expectations.  Having a record of 2-1-1 this early in the season offers the possibility of a playoff run.  

After losing their first game against Uniondale 0-2, the Vikings came back to tie their second match up under the lights.  They showed their resilience against Valley Stream Central, which had scored early in the game, but after a rigorous fight, senior Christian Mendoza scored in the 75th minute, and the crowd erupted.  

Mendoza’s goal off of a break away, assisted by junior Derrick Saurez, brought the score to a stand-still at 1-1.  This gave the team high hopes for its next match against Syosset.  In its third game, Port held strong and conquered with a 1-0 end result.  The team was locked into a tight one for a scoreless first half, but junior Sean Ernst came in with a second half shot that earned the boys their well-deserved win.

 “We had a decent start at 1-1-1 and a great atmosphere.  There is nothing like playing under the lights; we had a decent game and fought hard, really pushing it in the second half.  We secured a playoff spot, starting as strong as we finished, and pushing for three points every game,” said junior Nate Chicoy.

Most recently, the boys succeeded in scoring the three points they had hoped for against Hempstead.  Tallying a final score of 3-2, the team displayed an excellent all around performance, especially by Ernst, Mendoza, and senior captain Jack Taylor.  

“We need to take advantage of our chances and be more clinical in attack,” said Taylor.  

The boys are looking to continue their season with another victory to get them to 3-1-1.  Ernst and Mendoza are the leading scorers for the Vikings, with 2 goals each.

“We expect to compete with teams in the playoffs and truly believe we are one of the best teams out there,” said junior Davin Rabman.  

After losing in the playoffs last year, many seniors and juniors are hungry to get back to where they left off and fell short.  Last year, Oceanside got the better of them in overtime, but this year, they will certainly not let that happen again.  Coming off of that devastating loss, the returning boys are full of energy for revenge.