One of the most extraordinary runs in East Hampton sports history continued this past week as the East Hampton Football Club, which has walked over every Division 3 team it has played since last fall, won the D3 State Cup by defeating Floral Park 5-1, thus improving its record to 27-0.
When asked if the State Cup were indeed a statewide one, Corey DeRosa, who is one of East Hampton’s goalies and a team manager along with John Romero and Luis Barrera, said, “The area we’re talking about is eastern New York — the metro area, Long Island, and Westchester — but since the four leagues in this region are the state’s strongest, you might as well say we’re probably the best team in the state in our division.”
Jefferson Ramirez scored three of East Hampton’s goals in the State Cup final with Floral Park, though Gehider Garcia got the locals on the scoreboard about 25 minutes into the first half.
Agreeing that it was pretty much a walk-over, DeRosa, who, in the absence of Alex Mesa (sidelined because of a recent red-carding) played the whole game, said, “Their goal, in the second half, was kind of a fluke, a wind-blown cross that went into the far corner, just out of my reach.”
Xabi Martinez also scored for East Hampton, DeRosa said.
That State Cup win was the third such for this under-30 team, which also swept through an 80-team indoor tournament at Mitchel Field in February, topping Division 2 and 3 entries. East Hampton may well add a fourth title Sunday when it vies for the D3 League Cup at Van Buren High School in Queens, against Floral Park again.
Long ago assured of advancing to Division 2 in the fall, the powerful team, said DeRosa, would like to leap-frog to Division 1 if possible. “It will depend on whether there’s room — they only allow a certain number of teams.”
Asked how he thought East Hampton would fare against the higher-level competition, the goalie (who is a popular Ashtanga yoga teacher in Sag Harbor) said, “We beat Port Jeff, the team that’s won Division 1 the last two years, 8-0 in a friendly game, but they said — of course — that they didn’t have their whole team.”
“We’ve also scrimmaged the top teams in Division 2, and have beaten them every time,” he added.
Following Sunday’s League Cup game, East Hampton F.C. will take some time off, though it will play in the 7-on-7 Simon Gavron memorial tournament on Shelter Island in mid-August. Last year, the locals, who fielded two entries, went at each other in the final, with B&R (Barrera and Romero), whose goalie was DeRosa, edging Hampton F.C.-Bill Miller 1-0 in the final.
The club continues to teach youngsters the game at its home field at the Ross School, DeRosa said. “We do it every Saturday morning at 9:30. The turnouts have been great — between 20 and 30 kids. Eric Lopez, Angel Garces, John Romero Jr., and I are the coaches. The cost is $180 for eight sessions. Registration is ongoing.”
In other local soccer news, Tortorella Pools, with a 5-0-1 record, continued as of yesterday to lead the Wednesday evening 7-on-7 league, whose games are played at East Hampton’s Herrick Park. Tortorella defeated winless Tuxpan 3-1 in the first game on June 11 as Daniel Londono, David Rodriguez, and Danny Bedoya scored.
In other games on June 11, Cuenca and Bateman Painting played to a 1-1 tie, and Hampton F.C.-Bill Miller defeated Maidstone Market, the perennial champion, 2-1. Roger Quinceno and Carlos Torres (who was injured on the play) scored the winner’s goals. Gehider Garcia scored for Maidstone.
As of Monday, Tortorella was in first place, at 5-0-1, followed by Cuenca, at 3-1-2, Hampton F.C.-Bill Miller and Maidstone Market, each at 2-2-2, Bateman Painting, at 2-3-1, and Tuxpan, at 0-6-0.
Indoor futsal finals were held Saturday night at the Sportime Arena in Amagansett. Solo Construction won the men’s open title by besting Liga S.B. in a penalty kick shootout. The men’s 38-plus championship was won by San Vicente, which defeated the EH Soccer Stars 4-1 behind Cesar Reyes’s hat trick. Los Andes defeated Los Andecitos 3-0 in the women’s open final. Jessica Gutierrez, Elvia Castro, and Julia Tubatan scored for the winners.
The men’s league’s leading scorers, each with 12 goals, were Cristo Salvador’s Jimmy Baculima and Cuenca’s Marco Bautista. Wilson Garcia of the Cosmos, with 11, was the men’s 38-plus league’s goleador. Jennifer Inamagua of the Family led the women’s league with 15.