Boys Soccer: Monarchs, playing with nine, lose by seven

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)


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.

Senior forward Christian Espinoza scored five minutes after the opening kickoff and the Baymen (3-4, 2-2) never looked back as they grabbed a 6-0 halftime advantage. The visitors had a 3-0 lead behind goals by senior midfielder Jean Blanco and junior forward Jason Ramos 13 minutes into the game.

McGann-Mercy fell to 1-3, 1-3.

Though he was peppered with many shots, Monarchs goalkeeper Louis Arresta was sharp, making 12 saves, some of them from point-blank range.

After playing a full 40-minute first half, the second half was cut to 17 minutes because of the score.