Over-30 Men Were Cup Runners-Up

Columbia, Costa Rica in World Cup quarterfinals
Fabian Arias, leaping over Andy Gonzalez, above, for a header, and his Cuenca teammates played to a 2-2 tie with the perennial champion, Maidstone Market, in a 7-on-7 men’s soccer game at East Hampton’s Herrick Park on June 25. Craig Macnaughton

While the under-30 men’s soccer team here has swept all before it, the over-30 team has done quite well too.

Olger (Quique) Araya, Hampton United’s goalie, reported Monday that the over-30s, who finished as the Division II runner-up in their inaugural year in the Suffolk Men’s Soccer League, lost 4-2 to Sayville, a Division I team, in the final of the league’s A Cup tournament.

Araya, who perhaps deserved better in the final inasmuch as one goal went in off a Hampton United defender and one was scored by a player who was offside, said the locals are to move up to Division 1 this fall.

The under-30 team, the East Hampton Football Club, which went undefeated in Division III in its first year playing in the Long Island Soccer Football League (and which was undefeated in all the tournaments it played), hopes to move up to D-1, but may not unless a Division 1 team voluntarily moves down. In any event, the under-30s, winners of Division III state and league cups, will at least move up to Division II in the fall.

Alejandro Landeros and Jose Ceballos scored the over-30s’ goals in the cup game, played at Sayville, Araya said.

Of Costa Rican ancestry, Araya said he was thrilled with the national team’s World Cup win in penalty kicks over Greece. Costa Rica’s goalie, Keylor Navas, he said, was “amazing.”

When a Costa Rican defender, Oscar Duarte, was red-carded with about 24 minutes left in regulation, things did not look good for the Ticos, “but we held up pretty well,” said Araya, who added that the last time a Costa Rican team had reached the round of 16 was in 1990. “And that,” he said, “was the first year Costa Rica ever went to the World Cup.”

Araya said he thought Costa Rica could play with the Netherlands, its quarterfinal opponent, which benefited from an admitted flop in the penalty area in its round of 16 game with Mexico.

The Costa Rica-Netherlands game is to be played Saturday at 4 p.m. Brazil and Colombia, a team Araya thinks may make it to the final, are to play in a quarterfinal tomorrow at 4. The semifinals are to be played Tuesday and Wednesday, and the World Cup final is to be played on Sunday, July 13.

A number of the under-30 team’s players hail from Colombia, and Araya said he can see Colombia “going all the way . . . at least to the semifinals.” He may go to the final with the owner of an estate he manages here.

And now to slow-pitch softball: The Montauk Brewery, at 7-0, and Sloppy Tuna, at 6-1, continue to lead the A and B divisions of the Montauk men’s slow-pitch league, whose games are played at Lions Field Monday through Friday (though not tomorrow) at 8:15 p.m.

Behind the Brewery in the A Division are the Raptors, at 4-2, Shagwong, at 4-3, Montauk Rugby, at 4-4, and the Coast Guard, at 2-4.

Those trailing Sloppy Tuna in the B Division are the Gig Shack, at 5-3, Liars, at 2-5, O’Murphy’s, at 1-6, and the Ravens, also at 1-6.

In the East Hampton Town women’s league, whose games are played Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Terry King ball field in Amagansett, Groundworks and the P.B.A. were tied for the lead as of Tuesday at 4-1 with Provisions and Bono Plumbing at 1-4.

In games played this past week, Bono defeated Groundworks 16-6, but lost 11-8 to the P.B.A., which, in another game, edged Provisions 6-5.

Provisions, a former dynasty, from which most of its veterans, including Sue Warner, Jeannie Berkoski, and Jeanie Bunce, have retired, was likewise edged 7-6 by Groundworks.

Rich Schneider, who oversees the league, ventured that the women’s games have been more competitive “since the A.S.A. lowered the maxim arc on pitches from 12 to 10 feet.”

As for the possibility of a men’s league ever returning to play Terry King, Schneider said, “Who knows?”