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…)