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Charles DeMaio

ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River junior Charles DeMaio fought through Westhampton goalkeeper Joe Ogeka to get the space to shoot the game-winning goal Thursday in the first round of the Class A playoffs.

WILDCATS 3, HURRICANES 2

For a moment, it looked like another missed opportunity.

Shoreham-Wading River junior Charles DeMaio raced toward the Westhampton goal with only one defender in front of him. He chased down the ball with the game tied at 2 and time ticking away in the second overtime period at Shoreham-Wading River High School.

Just as he reached the ball, so did Westhampton’s last defender. With a chance for a breakaway, DeMaio instead saw the ball go sailing high into the air and behind him as both players got a foot on it.

Seconds later, DeMaio got another chance. He didn’t miss.

DeMaio scored the game-winning goal to lift the fourth-seeded Wildcats to a 3-2 victory in the first round of the Class A playoffs, a game Shoreham twice trailed by a goal.

“At first when I basically messed up I thought it was over,” DeMaio said. “I just saw the ball fly across and I made a run for it.”

After DeMaio just missed at getting a breakaway, the ball ended up back across midfield on the Shoreham side. Junior midfielder Kevin Turano got a hold of it and sent a long pass back into the Westhampton end, sending DeMaio on another run.

Westhampton goalkeeper Joe Ogeka raced out of the goal to try to get the ball first but it bounced over him. DeMaio, who assisted the first two goals, got around him and another defender, maintained possession and calmly made a sliding shot with his left foot to put the ball into the open net, sparking a wild celebration on the field.

“It’s basically like instinct at this point,” DeMaio said of the last play.

ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River senior Toni Domingues and Westhampton senior Vincent Riemma try to get a head on the ball.

“Charles has scored a lot of goals for us this year,” said Shoreham coach Andrew Moschetti, who earned his first postseason victory since taking over the program in 2009. “Like I said to him when he came off, it doesn’t have to be pretty. It just has to go into the back of the net. With him, it’s all about hustle. That ball went over the goalie, through the defender. Charles doesn’t stop.”

DeMaio’s goal sends the Wildcats into the semifinals for the first time since 2006 when the reached the county finals before losing to Islip. Shoreham lost in the quarterfinals each of the past four seasons. Next up is top-seeded Sayville Monday afternoon on the road.

The Wildcats (11-4-2) had plenty of chances late in the game and in overtime before DeMaio finally ended it. Their best came with about two minutes left in the first overtime period when the Wildcats broke free in transition. Junior Greg Canellys delivered a pass to senior Toni Domingues, who had an open lane toward the goal. His shot missed the net wide left.

“I was pretty angry after that one,” Domingues said. “I thought I definitely should have finished that one.”

The Wildcats persevered, just as they did all game when falling behind 1-0 and 2-1.

“We had plenty of opportunities,” Moschetti said. “It would have been very disappointing if we had lost. But the resiliency of the team and not to give up and not to put their heads down shows me that these guys want to win.”

Domingues said the Wildcats have been a come-from-behind team all season.

“A lot of teams out there just think that we’re a hard-working team,” he said. “But we’re also very skilled.”

Domingues scored the Wildcats’ first goal in the 35th minute to tie the game at 1. The play was set up by a free kick from near midfield. DeMaio controlled the ball in front of the goal, passed to his right to Domingues who put it inside the left post.

After the Hurricanes (10-6-1) regained the lead in the second half, the Wildcats needed only seven minutes before they tied it again. Senior Nick Araugo bounced a ball off the left post and into the net in the 54th minute.

The Wildcats won for the second straight time by a 3-2 score against Westhampton. The teams met Oct. 24 at Shoreham and the Wildcats’ win proved to be the difference for home field advantage. Rather than playing on Westhampton’s turf field, where the Hurricanes could better utilize their speed, the Wildcats hosted the game on their soft, muddy, grass field.

“It really helps to slow down the game,” DeMaio said.

Eric Hayes put the Hurricanes on the board first in the 17th minute. Furkan Akyol scored their second goal to put the Hurricanes back in front in the 47th minute.

Shoreham goalkeeper Evan Kearney stopped 4 shots and Ogeka had eight for Westhampton.

When the Wildcats last reached a county final in 2006, they defeated Sayville in the semifinals in an epic victory that came down to penalty kicks.

“We got nothing to lose,” Moschetti said. “Sayville’s the reigning state champ, they’re the one seed. We’re going to go into that with our heads up.”

joew@timesreview.com

11/03/11 10:00am

GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | Chelsea Hughes leads Shoreham-Wading River into the playoffs today against Hampton Bays.

The fourth seed in Class A, the Shoreham-Wading River boys soccer team hosts Westhampton at 2:30 p.m. today while the fifth-seeded girls volleyball team travels to Hampton Bays at 5 p.m. in Class B.

The boys soccer team finished with an 8-3-1 record in League VI and 10-4-2 overall. After stumbling a bit in mid-October, losing back-to-back games to John Glenn 5-0 and East Hampton 4-0, the Wildcats bounced back to close out the regular season with four straight victories. One of those wins came against Westhampton, 3-2, a victory that now helps give the Wildcats the home field advantage in the playoffs. Shoreham’s last game was Oct. 25, a 2-1 win over Mount Sinai.

Westhampton finished 7-4-1 in league and 10-5-1 overall. Westhampton won the first matchup between the teams.

The winner of today’s game travels to top-seeded Sayville Monday.

The girls volleyball team finished 7-5 in League VII and 8-7 overall. The Wildcats will face a tough challenge against the Baymen, a team they lost to twice in the regular season. Hampton Bays swept both matches, 3-0.

Hampton Bay was 9-3 in league and 11-4 overall.

The teams last met Oct. 25 with the Baymen winning 25-17, 25-11, 25-22.

The Baymen had a rare loss last Thursday when they dropped a five-setter against Mount Sinai. The winner of today’s match gets a date Saturday against defending county champion John Glenn, one of the top teams in the county regardless of classification.

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ROBERT O'ROURK FILE PHOTO | Kevin Turano leads the Wildcats into the playoffs against Westhampton.

Section XI released the playoff brackets for boys and girls soccer as well as field hockey Friday afternoon.

Here are the matchups for local teams. Complete brackets can be found at the Section XI website.

GIRLS SOCCER, CLASS A

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2:30 p.m.

No. 3 Shoreham-Wading River

vs.

No. 6 Harborfields

The Wildcats had a superb regular season run under first-year coach Adrian Gilmore, finishing with a 9-3-1 record for third place in League VII. Shoreham lost its regular season finale 2-1 at Bayport-Blue Point, which ultimately gave the Phantoms a higher seed. The Phantoms were the No. 2 seed after finishing 12-2 in League VII. The Wildcats won the first matchup against Bayport earlier in the season.

Harborfields is a League V team and does not boast a record expected of a playoff team. The Tornadoes finished in last place in League V with a 2-9-1 record. Harborfields and Islip were the only Class A teams in the league that featured all Class AA teams. Islip also finished with a losing record and made the playoffs as the No. 5 seed.

BOYS SOCCER, CLASS A

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2:30 p.m.

No. 4 Shoreham-Wading River

vs.

No. 5 Westhampton

The Wildcats finished with an 8-3-1 record in League VI and 10-4-2 overall. After stumbling a bit in mid-October, losing back-to-back games to John Glenn 5-0 and East Hampton 4-0, the Wildcats bounced back to close out the regular season with four straight victories. One of those wins came against Westhampton, 3-2, a victory that now helps give the Wildcats the home field advantage in the playoffs. Shoreham’s last game was Tuesday, a 2-1 win over Mount Sinai.

Westhampton finished 7-4-1 in league and 10-5-1 overall. Westhampton won the first matchup between the teams.

FIELD HOCKEY, CLASS B

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2:30 p.m.

No. 4 Shoreham-Wading River

vs.

No. 5 Miller Place

The four-time defending county champion Wildcats find themselves with a lower seed than they’ve been accustomed to during their run of titles. Nevertheless, they’ll be facing the same teams as usual, starting with a first-round matchup against Miller Place.

The Panthers were responsible for the Wildcats’ last loss, which dropped them out of first place in Division III. Miller Place won 1-0. Shoreham finished 12-2 in D-III and 13-3 overall. Miller Place was 10-4 and 10-6.

The Wildcats finished in second place in the standings behind Rocky Point despite having a better record. The Eagles finished 11-3, having lost twice to Shoreham. But, the power points worked out in their favor anyway.

It’s a situation the Wildcats have been in before. In 2008 they finished one game ahead of Miller Place, which included two victories against the Panthers. But Miller Place still had more power points and earned the higher seed. Shoreham didn’t flinch and beat Miller Place in the playoffs en route to a county championship.

If the Wildcats win Tuesday, they’ll travel to top-seeded Sayville. The Golden Flashes went undefeated in Division II with a 16-0 overall record.

joew@timesreview.com

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ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River midfielder Dan Malave makes a play on the ball Thursday against John Glenn.

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ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River midfielder Dan Malave makes a play on the ball Thursday against John Glenn.

JOHN GLENN 5, SHOREHAM-WADING RIVER 0

Midway through the first half Thursday afternoon at Shoreham-Wading River, the referee noticed a problem with John Glenn forward Francis Dela-Agbotse’s uniform. His white socks were partly up over his blue socks, a no-no for a properly equipped uniform. Dela-Agbotse had to head to the bench and take off the white socks.

For the few minutes he spent on the bench, the Wildcats could finally take a breath.

When Dela-Agbotse was on the field, he was a nightmare to keep track off as he peppered the Wildcats with shots. A skilled player with blazing speed, he was instrumental in John Glenn’s 5-0 victory over Shoreham.

He scored one goal with an assist and led all players with seven shots.

“We tried to put a couple different people on him,” said Shoreham coach Andrew Moschetti. “He’s a really good, skilled player. Anyone would love to have him on their team.”

Dela-Agbotse got almost too cute at times, trying for fancier plays with his footwork when the coaches probably would have preferred a simpler play. But he had the ability to dazzle and when he got space, showed off his tremendous speed and leg.

“You try to put one guy on him and if he can’t do it, try somebody else,” Moschetti said. “There’s not many kids at that level here that we have. So I kind of mix it up and try to give a couple guys a chance. Today he was kind of on top of his game.”

Dela-Agbotse scored his sixth goal of the season with 12:10 left in the second half to put the Knights ahead 3-0. He beat a defender across the middle and launched a left-footed shot from around the top of the box inside the right post. The flood gates opened up right afterward. The Knights scored again 24 seconds later, then added their final goal 1:42 after that. All in all it was a three-goal surge in two minutes and six seconds.

The five goals allowed equaled the total the Wildcats gave up in their previous seven games combined.

The Wildcats beat the Knights 2-1 at John Glenn in September, but could never gain any traction on offense the second meeting.

“It’s a good learning experience,” Moschetti said. “You take these games and learn from them tomorrow in practice.”

The Wildcats had trouble recognizing some of Glenn’s left-footed players at first. Adan Cruz-Velasquez scored the Knights’ first goal with 24:38 left in the first half when he shot from right side of the box.

Dela-Agbotse dribbled through the left side into the box late in the first half and kicked a pass across to Jimmy Groak in front of the right post where he knocked it in. Groak scored Glenn’s fifth goal as well.

The Wildcats (4-2-1 League VI, 6-3-2) came into the game in a three-way tie for first place in league with Westhampton and East Hampton. Glenn improved to 5-2 as all four teams jockey for position.

It makes every game so crucial.

“We’re in the mix,” Moschetti said. “I definitely think we’re going to be able to make the playoffs and from there everybody’s beating up on everybody. We definitely still have a chance to win the league championship. It’s just a matter of taking today and using it to get better in the rest of the games of the season.”

The Wildcats face another tough one Saturday at East Hampton when they face the Bonackers on their turf field.

joew@timesreview.com

10/13/11 10:00am

In a crowded League VI, the Shoreham-Wading River boys soccer team will look to keep pace this afternoon when John Glenn pays a visit to Shoreham.

The Wildcats, who graduated a big portion of their roster after last season, have gotten off to a terrific start in 2011. Coming into today the Wildcats at 4-1-1 in league and in a three-way tie for first place along with Westhampton and East Hampton. John Glenn isn’t far behind at 4-2.

Every game at this point is a big one for the Wildcats, who will be looking to not only secure a playoff spot, but try to earn a high enough seed for a home playoff game.

The Wildcats won 2-1 against Glenn back in September.

Game time for today is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Be sure to check back for a full recap of today’s game.

The rest of Thursday’s schedule is as follows:

BOYS GOLF

Riverhead (1-6) at McGann-Mercy (3-7) (Olde Vine), 4 p.m.

SWR (4-1) at Ward Melville (8-0) (St. Georges), 4 p.m.

BOYS SOCCER

Southampton (9-0-1) at McGann-Mercy (2-8), 4:30 p.m.

GIRLS SOCCER

Riverhead (1-7) at Deer Park (7-2), 4 p.m.

GIRLS TENNIS

McGann-Mercy (12-2) at Southampton (2-9), 4 p.m.

Mattituck (14-0) at SWR (10-5), 4 p.m.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

SWR (0-7) at Huntington (3-4), 4 p.m.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Babylon (6-6) at SWR (5-4), 4:30 p.m.

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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Andrew Ruggerio, left, celebrated with Jorge Solorzano after Ruggerio connected on a shot from about 35 yards out, giving Riverhead a 2-1 lead.

Gabriel Guazhambo didn’t see his shot cross the goal line, but his ears told him it did.

While lying down on the ground, Guazhambo heard the reaction to his first goal of the season — and the biggest goal of his life.

With the score tied at 2-2 and the contest looking destined for overtime, Carlos Guzman drove a ball across the Newfield goalmouth that Guazhambo got a foot to. A Newfield defender tried in vain to keep the ball from crossing the goal line with 55 seconds remaining in the Suffolk County League III boys soccer game. Then Guazhambo heard what must have sounded like music to his ears.

“I just heard the applause and I heard everybody” screaming, said the Riverhead Blue Waves junior forward.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Riverhead's airborne goalkeeper, Selvin Morales, knocked aside this shot by Newfield's Sam Durkot.

The goal stood as the game-winner for Riverhead’s first league victory, a wild 3-2 triumph over the Wolverines on Monday in Riverhead.

“It was a big step forward,” said Riverhead’s rookie coach, Lamine Traore, who received his first red card to go with his first league win.

Patience and tempers were running short, but there was no shortage of action, cards and goals. A total of 10 cards were issued, including red cards to Riverhead defender Abner Ortiz and Traore with about 22 minutes left in the game. Ortiz had drawn a yellow card for a foul and then received a red card for dissent seconds later. Traore expressed his displeasure over those calls, and then received a double yellow himself.

“I just let my emotions take over,” Traore said. “I should have known better, but I don’t think what I did was wrong. All I did was ask [the referee], ‘What did you do?’ ”

Riverhead’s assistant coach, Andrew Aleksandrowicz, took over the team while Traore watched the remainder of the match from a car in a nearby parking lot.

Both teams had taken one-goal leads and then tied the score before Guazhambo’s dramatic strike.

The game’s first two shots resulted in goals. In the opening minutes, a long cross-field ball from Sam Durkot found Sean Hageman on the left flank, setting him free for a shot that gave Newfield a 1-0 lead.

Riverhead (3-5, 1-5) didn’t wait long to reply. Jordan Fulcoly, after receiving a pass from Devrim Kucuk, used his right foot to find the mark.

Before the half ended, Fulcoly set up Riverhead’s go-ahead goal by Andrew Ruggerio, a laser he drilled from some 35 yards away, beating goalkeeper Darrin Kaiser to the low right corner.

Eli Whyte provided Newfield (4-6, 2-4) with a second-half equalizer. A blast by Hageman was blocked by goalkeeper Selvin Morales, but Whyte was in place to deposit the rebound into the net.

This game was also about the goals that weren’t. Riverhead held a 22-9 advantage in shots, but both sides had squandered opportunities.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Riverhead's Gabriel Guazhambo and Newfield's Eli Whyte tried to get a foot on the ball.

Morales deserves credit for limiting the damage done by Newfield’s dangerous attack. He made seven saves, handled two crosses and picked up seven balls in his penalty area.

“I had to give it everything,” he said.

Morales was also responsible for the best save of the day, a brilliant diving parry of a drive struck by Durkot. The freshman also made a nice reflex save, sticking out his left leg to deny Hageman.

“He’s just a life-saver,” said Traore.

Later, Hageman was alone, charging toward the goal, when he attempted to chip the ball over Morales, only to see the goalie pluck the ball out of the air. Morales also made a great stop on a left-footed effort by Whyte.

“At 2-2, we had five golden chances to finish the game off and we didn’t,” Newfield Coach Jamie Santiago said. “When you let a hungry team hang around, that’s what happens, and it was basically our fault for letting them hang around. We had a chance to kill the game off and we didn’t.”

Then again, Riverhead had close calls of its own. In a scramble off a free kick, Guzman sent the ball off the left goalpost. An attempt by Demar Mason was cleared off the goal line. A dangerous Kucuk header off a Fulcoly corner kick came close but missed the mark.

Morales said his team’s heart won the day. “We gave it all we had,” he said, “and we just kept playing and playing and playing.”

What did the game say about the Blue Waves?

“Riverhead’s team has the talent,” Traore said. “We just need to believe it. … You saw it. We can do it.”

bliepa@timesreview.com

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BOB LIEPA FILE PHOTO | Riverhead's new coach, Lamine Traore, with senior center midfielder Jordan Fulcoly during a recent practice.

It’s been a rough start to the season for both the boys and girls soccer teams at Riverhead. And both teams will be heavily challenged this afternoon in search of their first league victories.

The boys soccer team (0-3 League III, 2-3 overall) will host Smithtown West at 4 p.m. The Bulls are the last unbeaten team in the league at 3-0-1. They’re 4-1-1 overall.

The Blue Waves played Smithtown East tough earlier in the season, losing by a goal in overtime, 3-2. The Blue Waves took a 2-1 lead into halftime in that game.

The girls team, meanwhile, will host Hauppauge at 4 p.m. The girls are 0-4 in League IV and 0-6 overall. The Eagles come in tied for first place at 3-0 and with a 4-1-1 overall record.

So far the Blue Waves have scored only one goal, which came in a 2-1 loss to Westhampton. Hauppauge just put six goals in its latest win over Copiague.

The rest of Monday’s sports schedule is as follows:

BOYS GOLF

Riverhead (1-4) at Mattituck (5-0) (North Fork Country Club), 4 p.m.

Eastport-South Manor (6-1) at McGann-Mercy (4-3) (Olde Vine), 4 p.m.

BOYS SOCCER

SWR (4-1-2) at Amityville (3-5) , 4:30 p.m.

Hampton Bays (3-4) at McGann-Mercy (2-6), 6 p.m.

GIRLS TENNIS

Eastport-South Manor (6-3) at Riverhead (7-2), 3:30 p..m.

SWR (6-4) at Rocky Point (2-7), 4 p.m.

William Floyd (8-1) at McGann-Mercy (8-2), 4 p.m.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

East Hampton (3-2) at SWR (0-6), 4:30 p.m.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Riverhead (1-5) at Copiague (0-8), 4 p.m.