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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
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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…)

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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
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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

09/02/14 6:00pm
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Players on the Shoreham-Wading River soccer team run sprints during tryouts last week. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Players on the Shoreham-Wading River soccer team run sprints during tryouts last week. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Andrew Moschetti found himself in unfamiliar territory last fall. For the first time as a varsity coach at Shoreham-Wading River, beginning with the girls soccer team and now with the boys, his team fell short of the playoffs.

It was a humbling experience for Moschetti, who first started coaching with the girls in 2006.  (more…)

10/21/13 10:25pm
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ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | After scoring Riverhead's fourth goal against Centereach, Jayson Set, left, is congratulated by Karol Birycki.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | After scoring Riverhead’s fourth goal against Centereach, Jayson Set, left, is congratulated by Karol Birycki.

BLUE WAVES 4, COUGARS 0

As the Riverhead boys soccer team was putting the finishing touches to an impressive 4-0 victory over visiting Centereach on Monday, the sun set majestically in the west.

Blue Waves coach Lamine Traore fears the same could be said about his improved team as the regular season nears an end.

During the past several weeks, Riverhead has been among the hottest teams, going 5-1-1 in its last seven games. Unfortunately, that is not enough to boost the Blue Waves into the Suffolk County Class AA Tournament because teams need to finish .500 or higher in their league to qualify for the postseason.

The Blue Waves improved to 5-7-1 in League III and overall with the regular-season finale looming at West Islip on Wednesday.

“We deserve to make the playoffs,” said junior midfielder/forward Anthony Antunes, whose 10th-minute goal sparked the Blue Waves. “I was just told if we win on Wednesday, there might be a chance to go to the playoffs.”

Maybe, maybe not.

If the Blue Waves defeat West Islip and finish at 6-7-1, they could petition county soccer officials to enter the tournament based on their record and recent performances.

Traore admitted that he hadn’t thought of that possibility, but certainly wouldn’t dismiss it.

“If it’s possible, why not?” he said. “We have a shot. These are the teams. We can compete against them. If they need another team, I think we should be out there.”

Traore had no doubts about the great strides his team has made.

“Our program is different from other programs,” he said. “They are able to keep their players together almost the year round. We get the chance to get these kids about two months. To build a team, it takes more than two months. Since we have come here, the end of the season has been better for us. At the beginning, the chemistry is not there, the fitness is not there. As we go, the chemistry starts coming, the fitness gets along and we start battling against these teams.”

The Blue Waves put everything together Monday on both ends of the field against Centereach (2-13, 2-11). Kevin Elejalde, Jayson Set and Victor Guazhambo also scored and a solid defense helped goalkeeper Ryan DiResta (7 saves) recorded a clean sheet.

Traore said it was one of the best performances of the season, that a 1-1 tie with Smithtown West was No. 1. Smithtown West had several players on Smithtown Arsenal, which captured the under-16 boys national youth title this summer.

Afterwards Traore congratulated his players on another home victory and explained how they can translate that success to the road.

“The passion that we have here on our field, let’s see if we can have it on Wednesday when we are away,” he told his team. “You can make the away field your home field playing. Bring the same intensity, you will see how easy the game can be for you. Good job.”

The same could be said about how Riverhead scored its first goal. The Blue Waves cleared a corner kick. The ball came to Antunes and he bolted down the left side, from box to box before unleashing a 20-yard shot past goalkeeper Rob Retnauer to the lower right corner.

“All I saw was the goal,” Antunes said. “I had a couple of players in front of me. As soon as I passed the first one, I knew. All I knew I had an eye for goal. I was going straight for goal, no matter who was in my way.”

The goal lifted the Blues Waves’ spirits.

“It motivated us,” Elejalde said. “That’s why we won, 4-0. We played our game.”

It certainly motivated Elejalde, who headed home an 18-yard shot for a 2-0 lead with 21:34 remaining in the half.

With 12:57 left in the half, Guazhambo converted a rebound to raise the margin to 3-0 before Set closed out the scoring with 30:24 remaining in the game.

“We communicated well,” Elejalde said. “We made a lot of passes. We played beautiful. We should have played like this throughout the whole season. This was our best game, definitely.”

The Blue Waves hope to have a few more opportunities to duplicate that in the coming weeks.