The Huntington varsity boys’ soccer team continued its hot play, shutting out host Centereach on Saturday morning, 3-0. The Blue Devils are now 7-1 overall and 5-0 in Suffolk League III.
Huntington took a 2-0 lead into halftime and showed few signs of slacking off from its torrid pace. A third unanswered goal put the game away for the Blue Devils, who are currently residing in first place in the league standings.
Freddy Amador tallied a goal and an assist for Huntington. Luis Ortiz and Carlos Reyes also scored in the game for the Blue Devils. Manny Reyes and Jack Langton notched assists. Nat Amato recorded the shutout, compiling three saves before yielding the net to Tyler Abedin and Kolby Rappel, who each made one save.
Huntington’s offense was once again firing on all cylinders. The Blue Devils launched eleven shots on Centereach goalie Thomas Robbert and he managed to stop eight of them from going in the net.
While the Blue Devil offense has been splendid, the team’s defense has been equally magnificent. Amato has been sensational in goal and his supporting cast consisting of Mike Abbondandelo, Julien Rentsch, Johnny Tucker and Jose Turcios-Garay have all been brilliant as well.
“We’re gaining confidence every game and we’re taking care of business now,” said junior Alex Rivera, one of the team’s key forwards. “Our first goal was to clinch the playoffs this season and we are almost there. Once we reach that goal we’ll set a better one, but we’re still taking the season one game at a time. We’re now expecting to do big things the rest of the season and there will surely be more to come during the post-season as well.”
Entering this week, Huntington has eight games remaining, including seven league contests between September 26 and October 17. The Blue Devils have a pair of games scheduled with Copiague as well as contests with Smithtown West, Newfield, Smithtown East, Half Hollow Hills East and Centereach.
Huntington will host Massapequa in a non-league game on Tuesday, October 3 at 4 p.m.
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Huntington won its biggest game of the season earlier last week, toppling previously undefeated Half Hollow Hills East, 1-0 to give the Blue Devils sole possession of first place in Suffolk League III.
The teams battled to a first half scoreless tie. About 65 minutes into the game, Freddie Amato took a pass from Freddy Amador and blasted it past Thunderbirds’ goalie JT Duffy for what proved to be the winning goal.
There were some tense moments in the final 15 minutes as Huntington had to hold off hard charging Hills East. Blue Devil goalie Nat Amato made a sensational kick save on a point blank shot with six minutes remaining to preserve the shutout. Amato and Duffy both made six saves for their respective team.