11/03/11 5:50pm
11/03/2011 5:50 PM
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.

10/28/11 2:00pm
10/28/2011 2:00 PM

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

10/14/11 11:00am
10/14/2011 11:00 AM

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

Robert O’Rourk Photos

/ 16