A roster filled with sensational players propelled the J. Taylor Finley Middle School-White boys’ soccer team to a 7-1-2 record this fall.
Coached by Travis Smith and captained by Jack Krisch, Owen Husselbeck and Alex Martinez, the 27 player team’s only loss came at the hands of West Islip-Beach Street, 2-1.
“They were hardworking, competitive and showed improved each day,” said Smith about his Falcon squad. Finley outscored its opponents by a 33-10 margin and captured four shutout victories.
Krisch and Wilber Cuadra led Finley’s defense. “Jack is a powerful team leader and Wilber is determined and aggressive,” Smith said. Husselbeck and Jose Flores paced the midfield. “Owen is highly skilled and aggressive and Joe is powerful and fast,” the coach added.
Julio Martinez shined at forward. “He’s explosive and skillful,” said Smith about the seventh grader. Alex Martinez was the team’s exceptional goalkeeper. “He’s quick and agile,” the coach said.
Finley bested Kings Park-Maroon (6-1), Brentwood-West (2-0), Finley-Blue (3-2), West Islip-Udall (5-1), Kings Park-White (3-0), Elwood (4-0) and Brentwood-North (5-0). The Falcons tied Hauppauge (2-2) and Stimson (2-2).
The highlight of the fall came when Finley scored with one second remaining to tie undefeated Stimson, 2-2.
Smith is a former Blue Devil soccer player. A member of Huntington’s Class of 1992, he went on to earn an undergraduate degree at SUNY College at Brockport, where he wrestled on the varsity team and obtained a master’s degree at SUNY Stony Brook. He has worked full-time as a physical education teacher at Finley since September 1998.