Selden Defeats Rockland, 1-0

By Thomas Houghton

(Photo, compliments of the NJCAA)

(Photo, compliments of the NJCAA)

On a cool brisk Saturday afternoon, the Suffolk Men’s soccer team took the field against the Community College of Rockland. These two teams would battle to decide who would come out victorious in a close match.
In the first half each team both saw their fair share of opportunities to go ahead. In the 28th minute Rockland County’s center midfielder played a ball that go past the Suffolk defense, Joe Posillico fouled the man to prevent a break away. Rockland had a free kick 25 yards out; their forward hit a beautiful shot, but was denied by a tremendous save from Suffolk’s goalkeeper, Marvin Sorto. When asked about the save, Marvin said, “It was a big save, I knew I had to keep us in the game, and keep our shutout streak going.”
The Suffolk Men’s soccer team has an astonishing 54 goals scored, and they have only let up a measly 4 goals. With these numbers it has helped the soccer team reach a number two national ranking, and they were ranked number 1 all of last season. Coach Frank Vertullo said on his team’s success, “We have a great group of guys, they love being around each other and always work hard. We have the chemistry and team make-up to win a national championship this year.”
In the first half with the half winding down, the Suffolk Men’s soccer team had a throw in deep in Rockland’s half, Tom Houghton threw it into the box and Matt Starin took a shot that gave the team a 1-0 lead, and there was no looking back from there.
The teams came out and battled for another forty-five minutes. Each team had their opportunities to score, but the game ended in a 1-0 win for Suffolk, to improve their record to 12-0-2. When asked about the game center-midfielder Lervis Reyes said, “Sometimes we don’t win pretty, but the sign of a good team is the way they battle when they’re not playing well, and still survive to get the win.”
The Suffolk Men’s soccer team still has two regular season games left against Westchester Community College on Thursday Oct. 15, and their season finale against their rival Ulster Community College on Sunday Oct. 18, at 2:00 at the Ammerman campus. They are playing for the number one seed in there conference and looking to get home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

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