Another day, another hero. The Huntington varsity boys’ soccer team is filled with talented players and against Centereach, it was Freddie Amato’s turn to shine.
The Blue Devil sophomore tallied a goal and an assist to pace Huntington to a 2-0 victory over the visiting Cougars. Amato is a threat all over the field as the teenager can easily transition from defense to offense and then back again. His speed, agility and physical strength have helped make him one of the best players in Suffolk League III.
Amato and his teammates are completely in sync with each other and that’s helped Huntington compile a mark of 11-2-2 this fall. The team is in first place in the league standings.
Huntington wasn’t even ranked among the top 15 large school teams in a pre-season poll, but Amato and the rest of the Blue Devils have proved everyone wrong.
“I feel like the team is playing great, but we are also playing as a unit,” Amato said. “We are all enjoying this great ride we are having together while getting after it at practice every day and getting better. The best part of this is that I have all my brothers at my side the whole way. I am happy to call this my family.”
Amato scored when senior Josh Yanuck crossed the ball to him at the eighteen yard line. “I got a good touch on the ball and chipped it over the goal keeper’s head,” the teenager said.
Senior Freddy Amador also scored in the game off an assist from Amato. All-County goalkeeper Nat Amato stopped four shots to pick-up his fifth shutout of the season.
“Well, I didn’t know that I was going to score today, but I’m really happy to be back on this and help my team,” Amador said. “I was just playing my game helping my team to win. I feel good about the team. Everyone is working hard every practice to be better and to get to the glory, step by step.
Huntington plays its final regular season game at Copiague on Tuesday at 4 p.m.