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ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River freshman Doug DeMaio will play forward for the Wildcats.

At the beginning of last season, the Shoreham-Wading River boys soccer team set a goal of earning a home playoff game. The Wildcats accomplished that and defeated Westhampton 3-2 in an overtime thriller, a game the Wildcats twice trailed.

With all but two starters back from last year’s team, the goals are even higher for the Wildcats as they begin the 2012 season in pursuit of the program’s first county title since 2005.

“I think that experience is going to come a lot into play throughout the season,” said Shoreham’s fourth-year coach Andrew Moschetti. “We want to compete for the league championship in League VI.”

The Wildcats’ playoff run came to an end last season in the semifinals at Sayville, one of the perennial top teams in Class A. The Wildcats haven’t advanced beyond the semifinals since 2006.

They’ll rely on a big senior class to try to make it happen this season. Shoreham enters the season with 11 seniors, many of whom have a few years’ varsity experience.

The Wildcats had a productive summer leading into the season by winning the small school championship in the Town of Brookhaven Summer League. Moschetti said they’re hoping to carry that momentum into the varsity season.

“The hard work the kids put in over the summer and the preseason work, running and conditioning, are really going to come into play and help out the first couple games of the season,” he said.

The Wildcats return their leading scorer from last season in Charles DeMaio. A forward, DeMaio scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Westhampton. He also assisted on the first two goals.

Junior Zach McAuley will play up top as well. McAuley has double duty this season by also playing kicker on the football team. Moschetti said he sat down with football coach Matt Millheiser before the season to look at the schedule and determine how McAuley could do both. On Saturday McAuley missed the soccer team’s non-league game against Rocky Point to play in the football team’s season opener. He kicked a field goal that made it 17-0 in the win.

Freshman Doug DeMaio, a newcomer to the varsity, will also see time at forward. The DeMaio brothers were the leading scorers for Shoreham during the summer league.

Three seniors return in the midfield: Matt O’Gorman, Greg Canellys and Kevin Turano.

“Those guys all have two, three years of varsity experience,” Moschetti said.

The defense will be led by seniors Travis Qualley, Vinny Alese and juniors Michael McDonnell and Anthony Cusano.

Senior Evan Kearney returns as the starting goalkeeper.

“It looks like the team is starting to gel together real nicely,” Moschetti said.

The Wildcats are back in League VI, where the top competition includes Miller Place, East Hampton and John Glenn.

Riverhead coach Lamine Traore understands it’s a long road to building a program.

“You have to have a foundation,” the second-year coach said.

Without an organized club team in the area and minimal emphasis on youth programs, players have little experience by the time they reach the varsity at Riverhead. Whereas players in other schools play soccer together throughout the year, that rarely happens in Riverhead.

“It’s hard to work on everything in two months,” said Traore, who was the top Division II goal scorer for Dowling College in 2008.

While wins were hard to come by last season, the Blue Waves played competitive soccer that they can hope to build upon this season. Five of their losses last season were by one goal; two of them were in overtime.

The Blue Waves did lose some key players from last year’s team, but will have nine seniors to go with younger players coming up from the JV. Traore said the JV had a strong season last year.

The Blue Waves return seniors Diego Guazhambo on defense and Andrew Ruggerio and Michael Atkins in the midfield. Sophomore Selvin Morales is back at goal along with another 10th-grader, Ryan DiResta.

Traore said the biggest emphasis heading into the season is generating offense.

“We want to move more forward,” Traore said.

Early in the season Traore said he wants to see how the new players up from JV can handle the higher level of play.

Riverhead will face a challenging schedule this season competing in League III. The Blue Waves open the season Friday at home against East Islip. The Blue Waves lost twice to the Redmen last year, including a 3-2 overtime defeat.

The McGann-Mercy Monarchs enter the season with no seniors and barely enough bodies to field a team. It’ll be an uphill climb under new coach Frank Baker, but the good news is that the Monarchs have a core of players who could play together for several seasons.

With six freshmen and three sophomores forming the 12-man roster, the Monarchs will resemble more of a JV team.

“We’re in a rebuilding season,” Baker said. “They work hard and they’re very loyal. They have a passion for the game, as I do.”

Baker takes over after Louis Manoussos and Mercy severed ties after a less than harmonious relationship. Manoussos — fired from his previous job at Shoreham-Wading River mid-season in 2008 — spent the last three years coaching Mercy. Last season ended on bad terms as many players felt Manoussos was degrading them.

Several players who would have been seniors opted not to return to the program this year, Baker said.

So the Monarchs will rely on their youth.

“I said [to the team], my goal is to make you the best athlete and best soccer player that I can,” Baker said. “And your goal is to be the best athlete and soccer player that you can. And the way we play is a result of how we practice.”

A retired physical education teacher and athletic director at Oyster Bay, Baker came back to New York after living in Alabama and Florida. He was interested in returning to coaching and found an opportunity at Mercy.

He got a call from athletic director John Lonardo in mid-August to discuss the possibility of taking over the boys varsity team.

Baker said he’s going to start the season with a strategy of keeping his four best players on defense. And if they can hold the opponent, he’ll switch them to the front line.

The only upperclassmen for Mercy are Codey Colins, James Haynal and Chris Williams — all juniors. Haynal scored the team’s lone goal Monday in an 8-1 non-league loss at Mount Sinai.

Louis Arresta, Wesley McBernie and Michael Shelton are sophomores.

Mercy opens the league season Thursday at home versus Hampton Bays.


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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River’s Greg Canelly, right, scored the Wildcats’ second goal against Center Moriches from a direct free kick.

The way the summer has gone for the Shoreham-Wading River varsity boys soccer team, one goal would have been enough. But the Wildcats got two, just in case.

Two first-half tallies and another superior defensive effort propelled Shoreham-Wading River to a 2-0 victory over Center Moriches in the Town of Brookhaven Summer League small schools championship game Monday evening at Diamond in the Pines Park in Coram. The win improved the Wildcats’ summer record to 11-0-1, with all 11 victories coming on shutouts.

“The defense has been playing great all summer,” said Shoreham-Wading River coach Andrew Moschetti, lauding the defensive work of players like Anthony Cusano, Garrett Budney, Travis Qualley, Michael McDonnell and Vincent Alese, along with goaltenders Evan Kearney and Adam Pietrowski, who have split time in the nets.

“The guys in the back, with the two keepers, to only give up two goals all season? That’s a pretty solid defense,” Moschetti added. “They say defense wins championships. So it seems to work.”

The victory pushes Shoreham-Wading River into the overall Brookhaven championship game Wednesday against Sachem North, which defeated Northport, 1-0, in the large schools title game. Wednesday’s game will be at 6:15 p.m. at Diamond in the Pines, and the winner of that game will face the Town of Babylon champion Thursday at St. Joseph’s College.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Matthew O’Gorman of Shoreham-Wading River rose above the crowd for a header.

Moschetti expected the Wildcats to be good this summer, thanks to nine returning varsity starters and 14 seniors — just maybe not along the lines of 31 goals for and only two allowed in 12 games. “I didn’t know what to expect during the summer, but they’ve all been playing great,” he said. “I’ve been waiting for these guys to come up since they were freshmen, and now they’re starting to jell together, and it’s senior year, you know. They’re older now, they know the game, they know each other, and it’s showing on the field.”

Shoreham won the Brookhaven small schools regular-season championship by finishing 8-0-1, the only blemish a 2-2 tie with Mattituck in the third game. That turned out to be the only game in which the Wildcats allowed any goals.

Shoreham-Wading River advanced to the small schools title game with a 2-0 playoff win over Bayport-Blue Point, followed by a 1-0 win over Miller Place in the semifinals. Center Moriches blanked Southold and Eastport/South Manor in its two playoff games by identical 1-0 scores.

The Wildcats dominated possession in Monday’s final against Center Moriches, limiting the opposition to only a handful of chances and even fewer shots that were actually on net.

Shoreham-Wading River opened the scoring with 12 minutes left in the first half when Charles DeMaio scored off a cross from William Mileski. Three minutes later, Greg Canelly fired a direct kick from 25 yards out past Center Moriches keeper Jeff Carpenter, and the Wildcats led at halftime, 2-0.

The second half saw more outstanding defense by the Wildcats. Pietrowski made two solid saves, and Cusano foiled another Center Moriches scoring opportunity by running down an attacker midway through the half.

Moschetti noted that the small schools title is the first won by the Shoreham-Wading River boys in his four seasons coaching the summer team; he won a summer title previously coaching the Shoreham girls. He said while winning is “great,” it’s not what the summer season is about.

“I never really stress winning in the summer,” he said. “It’s more of an opportunity for the kids to keep playing together, for me to see some of the younger kids who didn’t play varsity last year. That’s really the emphasis.”

That said, winning a summer title is a just reward for the hard work the team has put in the past three months.

“It’s a good feeling; the kids are excited,” Moschetti said. “They’ve been playing well, they’ve been training hard in the summer, working their butts off. The seniors have had them running twice a week at the track, kind of knowing that we might have something special here, and they want to be prepared for the [fall] season.”

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ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading RIver’s Matthew O’Gorman scored the Wildcats’ first goal in a 3-0 win over Harborfields Monday night.

In some years, motivating a summer league team to spend off days running around the high school track can be a difficult proposition.

Shoreham-Wading River coach Andrew Moschetti didn’t need to spend too much time this summer convincing players to put in extra work in preparation for the fall season.

On days off in between games on Monday and Wednesday in the Town of Brookhaven Summer League, many of the Shoreham players come together in the morning to work on conditioning together. With a big core of returning players who have experienced success at the varsity level, the Wildcats have welcomed the challenge.

“I told them I don’t want you to run 10 miles a day,” Moschetti said. “This isn’t track. But they go down there and run a mile, mile and a half. They go to the track, run and go home. Then hopefully when preseason starts, we’re a step ahead.”

It also makes it easier when the team is winning in the summer league. And the Wildcats have been doing just that. They shut out Harborfields Monday night 3-0 at the Patchogue-Medford Youth Fields to improve to 4-0-1 at the midway point of the summer league schedule.

The Wildcats have given up only two goals total.

For a team that advanced into the semifinals of the Class A playoffs last fall, expectations are high as the varsity season nears closer. The Wildcats return the majority of their team from last year and most of the players have signed up for the summer league.

Between the varsity and JV, the Wildcats have more than 50 players participating in the summer league.

“We have a good core returning who last year had the opportunity to win a playoff game,” Moschetti said. “We’ve been there before, we’ve played the big teams and we kind of have some experience. We’ll see how that carries over to next season. I’m excited. We’re looking good.”

The Wildcats got goals from Matthew O’Gorman, Zach McAuley and Kevin Turano against the Tornadoes.

McAuley will have a busy fall schedule. A kicker on the football team last year, he’ll resume those duties again while also playing on the soccer team.

“He played JV [soccer] last year,” Moschetti said. “He’s going to be a junior so he’s going to be doing both varsity soccer and varsity football.”

The Wildcats have had goalkeeper Evan Kearney anchoring a strong defensive unit. Last summer the Wildcats didn’t have Kearney because of commitments to baseball.

“I asked him this summer if he would play with us just to keep him playing so that when we start preseason it’s not like it’s the first time he’s touched a soccer ball since last year,” Moschetti said. “And he’s maybe missed one game for baseball.”

Defense has been a strongpoint so far in the summer. The Wildcats allowed few good scoring opportunities against Harborfields.

Moschetti said the team’s defensive core of Anthony Cusano, Garrett Budney, Travis Qualley and Vincent Alese are all back from last season and playing together in the summer.

Ryan Sterns, a defenseman in lacrosse, has moved up to striker and has provided a lot of energy for the Wildcats.

“He runs around like a maniac,” Moschetti said. “He’s in great shape. He had a good game today. He hasn’t been to all the games because of lacrosse, but the game’s he comes to he runs his butt off the whole shift he’s out there.”

The Wildcats return to action Wednesday against Sayville, the team they lost to in the playoffs last year. It won’t have quite the same level of intensity as the last time the team’s met, but the Wildcats still welcome the opportunity.


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ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Sayville senior Jared VanBrunt scored the game's first goal when he knocked the ball past Shoreham goalkeeper Evan Kearney while junior Travis Qualley tried to defend.


As the No. 1 seed in the Class A bracket, the Sayville Golden Flashes earned a bye into the semifinals, giving them 11 full days off from their last regular season game until the playoffs.

Rusty? Hardly.

The Golden Flashes needed only 3 1/2 minutes to score their first goal in a 3-0 victory over No. 4 Shoreham-Wading River Monday afternoon in Sayville, ending the Wildcats’ bid to play in their first county title game since 2006. Sayville advances to play either East Hampton or John Glenn Thursday for what would be the program’s fourth county title since 2001 if it wins.

The defending state champions, Sayville added a second goal in the 10th minute to immediately grab a two-goal lead. Sayville’s defense didn’t allow a shot on goal until nearly midway through the second half.

“For the first 15 minutes we played a little timid,” said Shoreham coach Andrew Moschetti. “We knew Sayville was going to be a good team. We knew it was going to be a tough game, but we kind of sat back for the first 15 minutes.”

Sayville’s first goal came from Jared VanBrunt after he converted in front a feed from Spencer Andrews, who beat a defender along the endline to set up the goal. VanBrunt controlled the pass just a few steps in front of the goal and knocked it with his left foot past Shoreham goalkeeper Evan Kearney.

Robert Hammerle added the second goal off a corner kick. The Wildcats couldn’t clear the ball out of the box and Hammerle finally got a foot on it to drive it into the net.

The Wildcats created more scoring opportunities in the second half, but still had only two shots on goal.

“It’s hard to find a weak spot on their team,” Moschetti said. “All around they’re a good team and they played well. There’s not many weaknesses that you can exploit.”

The Golden Flashes had several good chances in the first half to widen the gap even further. One shot hit a post and another hit the crossbar. VanBrunt came close to scoring a second goal when he headed a crossing pass from Cory Santangelo just over the net.

The Wildcats had a good chance early in the second half when Toni Domingues drove the ball into the box from deep on a free kick. Junior Greg Canellys got off a shot that went wide right.

Kearney had a terrific save for Shoreham late in the game when he dove to his right to stop a shot from Hammerle. The Flashes ended up scoring shortly after on a goal by Donaldo Ruiz-Alatorre.

Shoreham finishes the season 11-5-2. Sayville is 14-2-1.

“We’re going to take this as a learning experience for next year,” Moschetti said. “I got a bunch of kids coming back who now have been to the second round of the playoffs and we can’t say we haven’t been here before.”

Moschetti said he was proud of the team’s season, which featured a five-game win streak going into Monday’s game. The win streak came on the heels of a 5-0 loss to Glenn and 4-0 loss to East Hampton in consecutive games, at which point things could have spiraled down hill. Instead, the Wildcats won their remaining regular season games, including a crucial win against Westhampton that gave them home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

“They’re going to walk off the field with their heads up,” Moschetti said. “We accomplished our goal of making it past the first playoff game and we’ll build on that for next year.”


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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.


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.”


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.


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

No. 3 Shoreham-Wading River


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.


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

No. 4 Shoreham-Wading River


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.


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

No. 4 Shoreham-Wading River


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.