After a rocky start, the Huntington boys’ junior varsity soccer team won six of its final seven games, including its last five to close the season with an 8-6-1 record.
Coached by Jose Alfaro and captained by sophomore Cole Pillion and junior Fredy Buseo-Guillen, the Blue Devils opened the fall campaign by going 2-5-1 over its first eight games. Then the team turned around its fortunes.
“We gave many games away during the first half of the season,” Alfaro said. “We only lost one game in the second half to Smithtown West on a penalty kick. Complete turnaround.”
Pillion, Buseo-Guillen and freshman Arnold Alfaro paced Huntington, which claimed victories over Rocky Point (4-0), Half Hollow Hills East (4-0 and 3-1), Copiague (2-1 and 3-0), Smithtown East (3-1), Newfield (6-0) and Centereach (2-0). The Blue Devils and Sachem East battled to a 1-1 tie.
“Cole is a phenomenal goalie, leader and captain,” Alfaro said. “He commanded respect on and off the field.” Pillion notched five shutouts and surrendered just one goal in five other games.
Alfaro was Huntington’s top scorer. “Arnold was a true striker, scoring many game winning goals,” the coach said.
Buseo-Guillen also sparkled. “Fredy was one of the hardest workers and was very tricky and agile on the field,” Alfaro said.
Huntington’s six losses, including a pair of 1-0 defeats at the hands of Connetquot and Centereach and a 2-1 setback to Smithtown West.
Alfaro was pleased with how the Blue Devil JV progressed. “It a very technical, young team with a high ceiling for learning,” he said. “We got better every game.”
Looking ahead to next fall, Huntington appears ready to field another competitive JV squad. “We will be returning a complete team,” Alfaro said. “We will be a very strong and young squad. A tested and strong group.”