With two games remaining on its schedule, the J. Taylor Finley Middle School eighth grade boys’ soccer team has been untouchable. The Falcons are 8-0 and aren’t about to take their foot off the offensive gas pedal.
Coached by Huntington High School alum Travis Smith, Finley is led by team captains Matt Lange, Roberto Contreras, Max Rentsch and Jose Flores. The Falcons have claimed victories over Northport (8-2 and 5-0), West Hollow (5-2 and 2-1), East Northport (6-0 and 5-0), Candlewood (9-0) and Lindenhurst (6-2).
Finley plays today (Friday, October 27) at home against Candlewood at 4 p.m. and then closes out the season next Wednesday (November 1) at Lindenhurst at 4 p.m.
“We have a great group of players this year,” said Smith, who holds an undergraduate degree from SUNY Brockport and a master’s degree from Stony Brook University. “They are exceptionally skilled for such a young age and have already learned a great deal about field and game strategy.”
Smith played soccer for the Blue Devil varsity and he knows the game well. He’s the driving force behind Finley’s powerhouse offense and he encourages players to score early and often. The Falcons have outscored their opponents this fall by a 46-7 margin.
Roberto Contreras has been especially potent offensively for Finley, notching 12 goals to lead the team. Julio Martinez has six goals and Jose Flores and Luis Reyes have both scored five times. Ethan Evans (4g), Jeison Blanco Portillo (3g), Henry Vohs (3g), Cecilio Alvarez, (2g) and Orlando Guardado Chinchilla (2g) have all found the back of the net multiple times. Jack O’Brien, Matt Beasley, Liam Lennon and Max Rentsch have also scored goals for the Falcons.
Finley’s stingy defense is paced by Matt Lange, Dylan Schnitzer, Finn Cocoman, Brian Solares and Matt Beasley. Goalies Joe Rodriquez and Sean Hassett mind the nets.
The 36 player roster features hardworking and highly competitive players. “These are kids who love to play the sport and they have a lot of fun doing it,” Smith said.