HALF HOLLOW HILLS WEST 4, HAUPPAUGE 1
Connor, Greenberg sparkle
c Duo scores two goals each; Fraser adds two assists
BY MIKE GAVIN
NEWSDAY, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2010
The more defenders that teams stash in the backfield to combat them, the more Half Hollow Hills West forwards Justin Connor, Dylan Greenberg and Donovan Fraser seem to score. “We have so much speed up top that other teams adapt to our style,” Hills West coach Doug Gannon said. “I got three guys, I think they are the best front line in the county.” Even with extra defenders marking them, the trio did nothing to dispel that notion yesterday. Connor and Greenberg went goal for goal, finishing with two each, and Fraser added two assists as Half Hollow Hills defeated Hauppauge, 4-1, in a League IV game. Connor opened the scoring after he converged with Hauppauge keeper Mike Mazzeo on a lob in front of the net and headed the ball over Mazzeo’s outstretched hand with 15:49 left in the first half. Greenberg scored his first goal after taking a centering pass from Kyle Weaving in the middle of the box and heading it in to give the Colts a 2-0 lead with 7:43 left in the half. Less than three minutes later, Connor headed in his second goal.
“Connor and Fraser are good players and they are fast,” said Greenberg, who added another goal with 28:13 remaining in the game. “They are getting me involved and when I’m around better players I play very good and score goals.” The Colts (4-0) came within 10.5 seconds of their sixth shutout of the season until Thomas O’Brien of Hauppauge (2-2) got behind the defenders for the lone blemish on a dominant defensive performance. As good as the Colts offense has looked, outscoring opponents 36-3 this season, the defense has been just as impressive. “I have to give credit to my defense,” Gannon said. “They’re the ones that if we want to go far and compete for a county title, and compete to go upstate to Middletown, those are the guys that are going to get us there, not the offense.” The Colts’ potent offense won’t allow their defense to book a potential trip to the state tournament single-handedly, but it’s a responsibility that defender Taylor Brugna seems willing to embrace. “To win championships, you need a strong defense,” he said. “You have to stop the other team from scoring and we have the ability to do that.”
PHOTO BY JAMES ESCHER
c Coach Gannon praises front line and stellar defense
Hauppauge’s Luke Wolmer, left, attempts to get ball away from Hills West’s Justin Connor.
Silvera’s late header wins it ROUNDUP Justin Silvera scored on a header with 27 seconds left to give Plainedge a 4-3 win over Hewlett yesterday in Nassau Conference V boys soccer. Silvera scored from the top of the box on a feed from Daniel Giorgi to tie the score at 3 in the 33rd minute for Plainedge (1-1-1). Hewlett had a 2-1 lead at the half, but Brandon Fiscina scored his second goal early in the second
half to tie it at 2. Lynbrook 2, Glen Cove 1: Rich Bellusci headed in the winning goal off a corner kick from James Cullen with 18 minutes remaining to lead Lynbrook (3-0) in Conference VI. Freshman Brendan Tedaldi scored his first varsity goal to tie the score at 1 with 10 minutes remaining in the first half. Manhasset 3, Bethpage 2: Alex Leondis broke a 1-1 tie with 20 minutes left for Manhasset (3-0) in Conference VI. Christian Zanetis added a goal and an assist.
Mepham 2, Valley Stream Central 1: Harley Hosty scored 10 minutes into the second half with a penalty kick to lead Mepham (2-1) in Conference III. Commack 2, Patchogue-Medford 1: Jack Miller scored off a feed from Adam Tamburello with 6:24 left to win it for Commack (4-0) in Suffolk League I. Garrett Smith scored at 26:11 to tie the score for Patchogue-Medford in the first half. Miller finished with a goal and an assist. Centereach 1, Copiague 0: Mike
Hollowell received a pass in the box from Kevin Tarpey and scored with 51 seconds left in the first half to lead Centereach (2-2) in League III. Smithtown West 1, Newfield 0: Ryan Schneider scored in the first five minutes of overtime to lead Smithtown West (4-0) in League III. Brian Hickey had four saves for his fourth shutout of the season. Newfield is 3-1. West Babylon 2, Huntington 1: Justin Fitzpatrick scored both goals for West Babylon (2-1), including the winning penalty kick seven minutes into the second half in League IV play. Carlos Marquez scored 34 seconds into the second half to tie it for Huntington.
Comsewogue 3, Bellport 0: Alex Healion scored 15 minutes into the first half to give Comsewogue (3-0) a 1-0 lead in League IV. Matt Delph had a goal and two assists. Shoreham-Wading River 2, BayportBlue Point 1: Chris Frick scored off an assist from C.J. Higgins four minutes into the first overtime to lead Shoreham-Wading River (2-1) in League VI. Mike Anglim scored the tying goal for Bayport-Blue Point halfway through the second half. Long Island Lutheran 4, Knox 0: Ryan Turner had a goal and two assists to lead Long Island Lutheran (5-0) in IPPSAL. Christos Loizou added two assists.