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06/29/15 8:11pm
06/29/2015 8:11 PM
Darwin Villatoro scored two goals for the Blue Waves in Monday's summer league win. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Darwin Villatoro scored two goals for the Blue Waves in Monday’s summer league win. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

A familiar theme emerged in recent years around the Riverhead boys soccer team. After coming together in late August for the start of practices, the players would work themselves into shape, coaches would begin instructing fundamentals, all while preparing for a rapidly approaching season.

When the games arrived, the team often wasn’t ready just yet. And by the time things began to click in the later part of the season, it was too late.

Now, the Blue Waves hope to break that trend.  (more…)

02/10/15 6:00pm
02/10/2015 6:00 PM
Riverhead senior forward Anthony Antunes signed a national letter of intent to play for Dowling College. Joining him in the signing ceremony on Tuesday were his parents Rosa and Jose and his brother Kevin. (Credit: Sandra Kolbo, courtesy)

Riverhead senior forward Anthony Antunes signed a national letter of intent to play for Dowling College. Joining him in the signing ceremony on Tuesday were his parents Rosa and Jose and his brother Kevin. (Credit: Sandra Kolbo, courtesy)

The Riverhead High School boys soccer team has an obvious connection to Dowling College. Riverhead’s coach, Lamine Traore, left his west African country Mali to accept a full soccer scholarship from Dowling in 2006, the same year Dowling won the NCAA Division II championship. He was the top Division II goal scorer in the country with 26 in 2008, the same year he led the Golden Lions to the national final and was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America third team.

Now Riverhead has another Dowling connection: His name is Anthony Antunes. (more…)

01/10/15 12:00pm
01/10/2015 12:00 PM
Members of the Riverhead High School boys soccer team showed off their awards at the awards dinner in Holbrook. From the left, goalkeeper Ryan DiResta (all-conference), defender Noah Markewitz (academic all-county), varsity coach Andrew Aleksandrowicz, varsity coach Lamine Traore, defender Ever Bonilla (all-conference), forward Anthony Antunes (all-league) and junior varsity coach Moussa Keita (junior varsity coach of the year). (Credit: Courtesy)

Members of the Riverhead High School boys soccer team showed off their awards at the awards dinner in Holbrook. From the left, goalkeeper Ryan DiResta (all-conference), defender Noah Markewitz (academic all-county), varsity coach Andrew Aleksandrowicz, varsity coach Lamine Traore, defender Ever Bonilla (all-conference), forward Anthony Antunes (all-league) and junior varsity coach Moussa Keita (junior varsity coach of the year). (Credit: Courtesy)

Goalkeeper Ryan DiResta and defender Ever Bonilla were both named all-conference selections and were among the Riverhead High School players honored at the Suffolk County awards dinner.

Anthony Antunes, a forward, received all-league recognition, and defender Noah Markewitz made the academic all-county team. Riverhead’s Moussa Keita was named the junior varsity coach of the year.

The Blue Waves posted a 5-10 record this season.

10/14/14 7:06pm
10/14/2014 7:06 PM
Shoreham-Wading River's Dan Mahoney fires a shot in the final seconds of Tuesday's game that hit off the crossbar, just missing on an equalizer. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River’s Dan Mahoney fires a shot in the final seconds of Tuesday’s game that hit off the crossbar, just missing on an equalizer. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

PANTHERS 3, WILDCATS 2

Andrew Moschetti gathered his players on the sideline to deliver one final message before the players departed following Tuesday afternoon’s game against Miller Place.

Moschetti, the coach of Shoreham-Wading River, offered the age-old rally cry: “It’s not over!” he said to the players. (more…)

10/06/14 8:51pm
10/06/2014 8:51 PM
Riverhead junior Phil Barabanov scores the game-winning goal in Monday's win over West Islip. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead junior Phil Barabanov scores the game-winning goal in Monday’s win over West Islip. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

BLUE WAVES 3, LIONS 2

For what was the biggest game of the season thus far, things couldn’t have started much worse for the Riverhead Blue Waves Monday afternoon. On the road at West Islip, the Blue Waves gave up a pair of goals less than 10 minutes into the game.  (more…)

09/30/14 7:48pm
09/30/2014 7:48 PM
Bishop McGann-Mercy's Bereket Watts, left, and Mattituck's Paul Hayes cross paths during Tuesday's game, which saw 11 goals scored. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Bereket Watts, left, and Mattituck’s Paul Hayes cross paths during Tuesday’s game, which saw 11 goals scored. (Credit: Garret Meade)

TUCKERS 7, MONARCHS 4

This high school boys soccer game truly was a tale of two halves. While the first half was about Mattituck excellence, the second half featured Bishop McGann-Mercy resilience.

And, as if that wasn’t enough to digest, how about this? There were 11 goals to kick around.

A wild game that started with Mattituck shooting out to a 6-0 halftime lead, ended up as a 7-4 final thanks to some second-half fight put up by McGann-Mercy on Tuesday. (more…)

09/22/14 8:50pm
09/22/2014 8:50 PM
Bishop McGann-Mercy's Bereket Watts turns the ball upfield against Hampton Bays' Loaiza Cristian. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Bereket Watts turns the ball upfield against Hampton Bays’ Loaiza Cristian. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

BAYMEN 7, MONARCHS 0

Playing with only nine players because of injuries and a suspension, the Bishop McGann-Mercy boys soccer team dropped a 7-0 decision to Hampton Bays in a Suffolk County League VII match at Stotzky Memorial Park in Riverhead on Monday. (more…)

09/16/14 9:24pm
09/16/2014 9:24 PM
Riverhead's Jonathan Perez rises to head a corner kick while being challenged by Newfield's Connor Timmonds (10). (Credit: Garret Meade)

Riverhead’s Brian Elejalde rises to head a corner kick while being challenged by Newfield’s Connor Timmonds (10). (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

WOLVERINES 3, BLUE WAVES 1

This definitely was a tough one for the Riverhead High School boys soccer team.

The Blue Waves certainly had more scoring chances, but Newfield made the most of its chances and recorded a 3-1 Suffolk County League III victory in Selden on Tuesday afternoon. (more…)