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Wildcats Soccer Roundup: September 25, 2009

International Division Boys U9
Cosmos 6 vs. Celtics 2

The fall soccer season started with an exciting win by the Cosmos. The team showed some nifty passing and terrific plays by the goalkeepers. Kunal Suri was outstanding in goal in the first half. Nikhil Nair and Nick Duras played solid in the net during the second half. Thomas Donnelly scored three first half goals to get the Cosmos going. The Cosmos early lead was a result of fine defensive effort by Matthew Chung, Nick Duras, and Patrick Devine. Alec Lopes was excellent throughout the game, showing off impressive foot work and nice passing skills. Kunal Sheth played solid at midfield, scoring two goals and stopping several runs by the Celtics. Sean Kerwin was a force at forward, scoring a goal and playing some awesome give and go passing with the other forwards Tommy Fitzpatrick and Dennis Stylianou.

The Celtics had a super goal from Sean O’Connor in the first half. In the second half, Melvin Arguetta scored for the Celtics on a beautiful kick from outside the 18 yard box. Connor Smith and Chris Carbone played well in goal. Adrian Puran, Anthony Devito and Justin Lau played all around good ball for the Celtics.

Travel Division Boys U13
BU13 New Hyde Park Panthers take 1st place

In Labor Day Tournament,the Boys U13 New Hyde Park Panthers captured its first tournament win of the season in Oceanside over the Labor Day weekend. The Panthers were 3-0 going into the championship game allowing just one goal against them. In the finals, they faced a tough Albertson team who were also 3-0. Both teams were favorites to reach the finals. By using their speed and passing abilities to keep the ball out of the box, the Panthers defense led by Kyle Facibenie, Mike Varrone, Kevin Pavlidis, and Peter Tagios held Albertson forwards to only five shots on goal. Mike Lopez and Jake Kennedy controlled the midfield and distributed the ball throughout the game. The Panthers had several scoring opportunities in the second half with a perfect cross from forward Connor Kearney with a header from Nicholas Winkhart that sailed within a foot of the right post. Connor also led the team in goals scored for the tournament. Sam Stempler and Brian Hingerton were rock-solid in the game, keeping the ball on the Albertson side of the field. Sam also played sturdy in goal throughout the tournament. Anson Varghese helped keep the Albertson offense off-balanced and had a winning assist in the third game of the tournament. In his debut with the Panthers, new comer Jacob Rigos positively contributed to the team on the field.

Edwin Argueta was flawless in goal in the first half of the championship game and helped contribute to the success by punting the ball over the midfield line each time he had the opportunity. In the second half, Coach Pat Lopez moved Edwin to left forward which proved to be the right move. With ten minutes left in the game, Edwin ran down the left side around the defenders and put a shot into the right side of the net from outside the box. This proved to be the winning goal. The defense then held Albertson to no shots on goal for the win. The coaching staff, Pat Lopez, Jim Kennedy and Joe Winkhart would like to thank Pauric Coyle for his continued support of the team throughout the weekend although he was knocked out of the tournament during the first game with a foot injury. Thank you to all parents. And a big thank you for your continued support to the team. Good luck to boys in the upcoming 2009 Fall Season.