It was not so easy this time for the East Hampton Football Club to defeat Floral Park in a tournament final, but it did so by a score of 2-0 at Van Buren High School in Queens Sunday, running the under-30 team’s unbeaten string to 28-0.
“I’ve been told we’re getting some sort of special award at our monthly meeting, but at the moment I don’t know what it is,” said Corey DeRosa, who, by default, had to double as East Hampton’s goalie and coach in the League Cup final.
“John Romero, our coach, is in Brazil for the World Cup, Jose Almansa, who’s our trainer and number-two guy, became a father that day, so that left me. I’m third in line. The other goalie, Alex Mesa [who’d been red-carded recently] was eligible to play, but he and his wife had just had a baby too.”
DeRosa said that Floral Park “was stronger than the last time. It took a while for us to get going. It was scoreless, I’d say, until Erik Lopez scored for us in the 75th minute. He came down the left side, the ball came down the right, there was a cross and he one-touched it in. It was a beautiful goal.”
Lopez got the assist on East Hampton’s second one, feeding a pass to Gehider Garcia, who deked his defender and shot from the left side into the far right side of Floral Park’s nets.
“So, we’ve won everything,” said DeRosa. Whether the powerhouse first-year Division III entry will be able to move up to the Long Island Soccer Football League’s Division 1 is still unknown. “A team would have to drop down voluntarily for us to do that,” said DeRosa. “The top two from Division II go up automatically. We’ll see. We’d like to play in Division 1. We want the competition.”
East Hampton, he said, traveled with 17 players. “Most other teams don’t travel well, but we do. These guys love to play.”
In other local soccer news, Tortorella Pools, despite a 2-1 loss to Cuenca F.C. on June 18, continued as of yesterday to lead the Wednesday evening 7-on-7 league, at 5-1-1.
Cuenca won despite playing a man short in the first half because Leonel Uchupaille had received two yellow cards the previous week, which kept him out of action. In addition, Cuenca had a sub in the goal, Edisson Buestan, who, with one exception, late in the game, parried everything that came his way.
Juan Villancencio beat Tortorella’s keeper, Alejandro (Alas) Bolanos, twice in the first half. Tortorella attacked more in the second half — by which time Cuenca was all even player-wise with the arrival of Fabian Arias. Stiven Orrego just missed getting Tortorella on the scoreboard when a hard shot of his bounced down and out onto the field from the underside of the crossbar.
Cristian Munoz made it 2-1 in the final minute with a shot he took from about 20 yards out that bounced in over the diving Buestan’s head.
“A poor showing for Tortorella Pools,” Leslie Czeladko, its manager, said in concluding his website account.
In other games on the 18th, Hampton F.C.-Bill Miller routed Bateman Painting, which played the entire game a man short, 7-0, and Maidstone Market, the perennial champion, was tested by winless F.C. Tuxpan, which wound up losing 2-1.
“It was hard to believe,” said Czeladko, “but Tuxpan scored first as Miguel Bautista beat Angel Garces and the goalie, Corey DeRosa, blasting the ball into an open net.”
“Maidstone tied it up before the half ended, however, as Gehider Garcia, who was at the far side post, converted a pass from Ernesto Valverde,” a former East Hampton High School star who recently graduated from Elmira College.
“Both sides had chances in the second half, but Maidstone was able to win it when Valverde, after having taken a pass from Garcia, hit a grounder into the right corner of the nets from about 10 yards out. . . . Tuxpan’s substitute goalie, Ivan Espinoza, had many saves. The team played a good match.”