The Sportime Arena in Amagansett was packed Saturday with fans who had come to see the indoor season’s over-38 and open men’s futsal finals.
The main event, which got under way at 10, matched a good young team, Scorpion, against an older but more experienced one in Virgen del Milagro.
Surprisingly though, Scorpion got on the scoreboard first as George Naula, a 15-year-old who plays on East Hampton High School’s varsity (and who was the indoor league’s high-scorer this season with 24 goals), one-touched the ball past Virgen’s goalie, Olger (Quique) Araya after eight minutes of play.
Scorpion’s goalie, Milton Lima, saw double duty that night, having earlier tended the nets for the Cosmos, who defeated San Vicente in the over-38 final, a game that was decided, following a 1-1 tie in regulation, by penalty kicks.
Virgen got its act together following Naula’s goal, and, after Xavi Piedra Martel was moved back and Santiago Hurtado was moved up, the defense and offense began to click, and Virgen began to dominate the action.
With 2 minutes and 50 seconds left until the halftime break, Marco Bautista alertly slipped in at the left post to convert a shot taken from the outside by Antonio Padilla, tying the score at 1-1.
With 6:13 to go in the first half, Araya was replaced in Virgen’s goal by Ivan Mesa after banging a knee in a scramble.
Mesa shut out Scorpion in the second half as his teammates added three more goals — one by Marco Bautista three minutes into the half, one by Padilla with 2:33 left, and one by Ceazar Dominguez (assisted by Padilla) with 1:19 left — to win, in convincing fashion, 4-1.
“We calmed down after that first goal, and once we made those adjustments we played better,” Araya said afterward.
Scorpion’s Harry Pena had a good chance to tie the score at 2-2 when, with 17:38 to go, he was awarded a penalty kick following a foul in the box, but Pena kicked the ball right at Mesa, who trapped it between his legs. Scorpion’s other best chance came four minutes later when Andres Mejia launched a hard, waist-high shot from the outside that Mesa, who was momentarily screened, somehow saved.
The over-38 men’s final, as aforesaid, was decided in a penalty kick shootout that followed a 1-1 tie.
A header by Manuel Calle treated the Cosmos to a 1-0 lead with 14:40 to go in the first half, and that’s the way it stood at the break thanks to some fine saves by Lima.
Lima continued to frustrate San Vicente’s attackers in the second, until Cesar Reyes deposited the rebound of Marcelo Merchan’s hard shot off the crossbar with 18:42 left in regulation.
Lima’s opposite number, Isaac Reinoso, preserved the tie when, with 5:15 left, he made an acrobatic save of a ball that the Cosmos’ Wilson Garcia had sharply headed toward the goal line from point-blank range.
It was all Cosmos, though, when it came to penalty kicks as Lima successfully faced down San Vicente’s Angel Guanga, Carlos Rivera, and Merchan, while yielding only one goal, to Reyes.
Fausto Pintado, first to go for the Cosmos, beat Reinoso to the upper right corner, and Calle and Garcia were to follow with goals deposited into the left side of the nets for the 3-1 shootout decision.
Want to Move Up
In other men’s soccer news, the East Hampton Football Club, the undefeated under-30 entry in the Long Island Soccer Football League’s Division III, apparently is certain to move up to Division II come the fall. The club, which is 12-0 in divisional play, won its last two games by forfeit. It’s to play Floral Park, which leads the west group with a 7-2 record, at the Ross School field on Sunday, May 4.
East Hampton’s over-30 team, Hampton United, which is in third place at the moment in the second division of the Suffolk Men’s Soccer League, at 11-3-1, is likely to move up to the first division in the fall should it defeat Manorville, the runner-up at present, in a makeup game here next month.
Araya, who tended Hampton United’s goal here Sunday despite his sore knee, said the locals defeated B.S.C. Upton 5-1. Among those who scored for Hampton United, he said, were Leonardo Garcia (two), Marciel Correa, and Jose Ceballos.
And yet one more soccer item: The opening night of play in the Wednesday evening 7-on-7 league at East Hampton’s Herrick Park is to be April 23, with Maidstone Market and Bill Miller, Bateman Painting and the Hideaway, and Tuxpan and Tortorella Pools the contestants.