John Romero, whose Maidstone Market team has been the perennial champion here in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 men’s soccer games for the better part of the past decade, and Corey DeRosa, a Sag Harborite who recently returned to the game as the Market’s goalkeeper, announced this week that open tryouts will be held at the Ross School fields on Aug. 6 and 8 for a team to be known as the Hampton United Football Club, which is to compete in the fall in the Long Island Soccer Football League’s third division.
“The league, which has existed for 65 years and has more than 50 teams in three divisions, makes new teams start out in its lowest one,” explained DeRosa, who added that Hampton United will also enter an over-30 team in the second division of another league, Suffolk Men’s Soccer.
It has been more than 30 years since East Hampton has had an entry in Islandwide men’s soccer competition. “We had two semipro teams, one in the second division and one in the third,” their founder, Paul Sapienza, who now lives in Kansas City, said on a return visit here four years ago. “The second division team went 77 games without a loss, for three or four straight years.”
Leslie Czeladko, who oversees the Wednesday evening 7-on-7 league these days, played on that team, as did Ken Pascual, Steve Pascual, Zelko Loncar, Porfirio Goncalves, Ben Butler, Mark Passiatore, the late Enrique Leon, Manny Leon, Mike Walker, John Wood, Enrique Garcia, and Pancho Mendez, among others.
Applications to play home games at East Hampton High School and at Sag Harbor’s Mashashimuet Park were turned down, said DeRosa, “though, happily, the Ross School, with Vinicius Carmo’s help, has let us practice and play there. Everyone’s welcome to attend our training sessions at Ross’s fields on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. We’ll have open tryouts there for our first team on Tuesday, Aug. 6, and Thursday, Aug. 8. . . . Our first league game, though I don’t know yet whether it will be home or away, will be Sunday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. All the games will be played on Sunday afternoons. You’re allowed to have 30 players on the roster.”
“We’re trying to build a soccer program here,” said Romero, who has obtained sponsorship from the Aston Villa soccer organization, whose owner is Randy Lerner of Amagansett, and from John Hummel Custom Builders. “We’d like to have more sponsors though,” he added.
The above could be said to be the good news for Maidstone Market this week; the bad undoubtedly was its 1-0 loss to fourth-seeded Tortorella Pools in a semifinal 7-on-7 playoff game at East Hampton’s Herrick Park July 10.
Surprisingly, a perfectly placed one-touch waist-high deflection by Stiven Orrego of a 25-yard pass from Danny Salazar about 20 minutes into the first 30-minute half was all that was needed.
Maidstone, which fielded its customary power-packed lineup, including Gehider Garcia, Jefferson Ramirez, Luis Correa, Antonio Padilla, Diego Marles, and Mario Olaya, was thwarted time and again by Tortorella’s substitute goalie, David Rodriguez.
Eddie Lopez, a teammate of Orrego’s, had a chance to make it 2-0 near the half’s end, but his free kick taken from just outside the circle sailed over the crossbar.
The top seeds predictably turned it on in the second half, moving Marles, the biggest player on the field, up from center midfield to center forward, where, playing with his back to the goal, he could pivot and shoot or dish off to onrushing teammates to the left or right. To make matters worse for Rodriguez, the setting sun was in his face.
A leaping save by Rodriguez foiled Correa in the early going, and, later on, he came up big again as Correa just missed. Rodriguez was to make another terrific save, of a header by Marles, after which a chip by Carlos Torres, a Maidstone defender, came close to going in. Olaya had at least two good opportunities in the final minutes, but misfired each time.
Czeladko in his Web site report credited Cristian Duran with doing a good job in marking Marles, and noted that in their previous 21 meetings, the Market had defeated Tortorella 19 times.
In the night’s other game, second-seeded Hampton F.C.-Bill Miller defeated the third-seeded Hideaway 5-2.
Goals by Martin Suniga and Ismael Pena treated Hampton F.C. to a 2-0 halftime lead, though the Hideaway, after going down 3-1, made a game of it in the second frame. A shorthanded goal by Cesar Galeas made it 3-2 about two-thirds the way through, and only a subsequent leaping dive by F.C.’s goalie, Alejandro (Alitas) Bolanos, prevented Galeas from tying it up with about 10 minutes left. After that, it was all F.C., goals by Alex Meza and Oscar Reinoso extending its margin.
The final was to have been played last night.