Playoff Spot Is Clinched

The Warriors were not patsies — they’ve won four games this season — but they could not break through East Hampton’s firm defense

    Watching the East Hampton High School boys soccer team take Amityville apart in Monday’s late afternoon sun was a pleasure.

    The Warriors were not patsies — they’ve won four games this season — but they could not break through East Hampton’s firm defense. Meanwhile, the Bonackers, who wound up winning 4-0, were constantly on the attack, and only prevented from scoring more goals by a tall and quick Amityville goalie, who made some spectacular saves.

    It was the ninth shutout for East Hampton’s keeper, Nick Tulp, and, more important, the win clinched a playoff spot for the two-time defending county Class A champions, who led the league as of Tuesday with a 6-0 record.

    Easily the most significant game Rich King’s crew played this past week, however, was Saturday’s nonleaguer at Jericho, the team that has eaten its dreams in the Long Island championship game the past two years.

    That game ended in a scoreless tie, though King said, “Frankly, it was disappointing — we felt we were the better team. We had plenty of chances.”

    In other high school sports action this past week, Amanda Calabrese scored a hat trick in the field hockey team’s 4-1 win here over Babylon on Friday. As a result, East Hampton improved its record to 4-2, and Babylon dropped to 3-4.

    The Bonackers, who are coached by Robyn Mott, were in fifth place in the power-rated division as of Tuesday, behind 6-0 Miller Place, 4-2 Sayville, 4-2 Harborfields, and 4-3 Rocky Point.

    Girls volleyball as of that day led League VI with a 5-0 record. Sayville, at 4-1 — a team East Hampton defeated 3-1 on Sept. 24 — was in second. The girls swimming team was 2-0, having defeated two nonleague opponents, Lindenhurst, and Brentwood-Bay Shore.

    Golf was 4-1, its lone loss, by a score of 7-2, coming at the hands of undefeated Southampton at the Southampton Golf Club on Sept. 24. 

    The girls tennis team, which appears to be solid throughout its lineup, remained in second place, behind undefeated William Floyd, one of the top teams on the Island, with a 4-1 record as of Tuesday. Last week, the girls, coached by Michelle Kennedy, defeated Bay Shore 5-2 in a nonleaguer.

    Boys volleyball as of Tuesday was 2-4 in countywide play. On Monday, it lost 3-1 at Bay Shore. Hauppauge defeated the Bonackers 3-0 on Sept. 24. 

    Football, alas, is 0-3, its latest loss, by a score of 42-6, coming at the hands of Elwood-John Glenn. The Bonackers, who are to play at Center Moriches at 2 p.m. Saturday, have been outscored 111-27 thus far.

    As with football, the girls soccer team was still looking for its first league win as of Tuesday. Following two nonleague wins, Mike Vitulli’s team has lost seven straight.