Last Thursday’s high school boys soccer game here was billed as a big one given the fact that it was with perennially strong Elwood-John Glenn, though it was East Hampton that proved itself the dominant team.
The 4-1 win (Glenn’s goal came at game’s end with just about all of Bonac’s starters off the field) improved East Hampton’s league-leading record to 7-0-0.
Afterward, Rich King, the two-time defending county champions’ coach, agreed that his players had clicked on all cylinders that afternoon. “I thought that we looked good in all aspects of the game. We defended beautifully and attacked aggressively, and everybody’s been contributing. We were a little banged up going into this game, but kids have been stepping up, and they’ll have to continue to step up because we’ve got games on Monday [at Mount Sinai], Wednesday [here with Miller Place], and Friday [here with Bayport-Blue Point].”
Glenn’s lone goal, scored with eight minutes left to play, was the first tallied against East Hampton in its first seven league games. During that skein, the Bonackers outscored their opponents 20-1.
Nick Tulp, Bonac’s goalie, who as of Monday had six shutouts to his credit, wasn’t inactive in the Glenn game. Nick Quiroz alertly cleared from the left post a ball that had got behind Bonac’s junior goalie in the early going, and, with 10 minutes gone in the second half, and with East Hampton leading 3-0, Tulp made two great saves — sliding out to foil a one-on-one break, then retreating quickly to bat away a follow-up shot. The late goal by Glenn was scored with Tulp’s backup, Adrian Mora, minding the nets.
This was the second win over Elwood-John Glenn, which, because of disciplinary reasons, had to forfeit a scheduled game with East Hampton on Sept. 12.
Bonac’s versatile Nick West, a junior midfielder who can play anywhere, got East Hampton on the scoreboard in the ninth minute with an assist from Donte Donegal. Then Camilo Godoy, a junior forward, made it 2-0 in the 31st minute as he converted the rebound of a free kick that West had taken from about 15 yards out after Esteban Valverde, a very quick junior forward, was tripped by a defender.
The halftime score was 2-0.
East Hampton made it 3-0 in the 47th minute thanks to a perfectly-placed ground-hugger that West, again presented with a free kick from about 15 yards out, deposited into the right corner of Glenn’s nets, the ball zipping past a “wall” of Glenn defenders.
A deft one-touch shot by Donegal, converting a corner kick taken by Valverde, extended East Hampton’s margin to 4-0 in the 61st minute, after which King began to substitute liberally.
While the crisp short-passing game of East Hampton’s forwards was, as usual, compelling, Bonac’s defenders, Dennis Espana, Juan Patino, and Bryan Oreamuno among them, were no less noteworthy.
Indeed, as King said, it had been a great all-around game.
On Monday, the team was to have played at Mount Sinai, and yesterday Miller Place was to have played here. East Hampton defeated Mount Sinai 5-0 the first time around, on Sept. 17, and bested Miller Place 2-0 on Sept. 19. The Bonackers edged Bayport-Blue Point, tomorrow’s opponent, 1-0 on Sept. 23.