Bill Miller Unheaded So Far

A penalty kick awarded Bill Miller early in the second half proved to be the game-winner
Gehider Garcia, of F.C.-Bill Miller, made good on a penalty kick early in the second half that proved to be the game-winner in Bill Miller’s 7-on-7 win over Tuxpan Monday. Jack Graves

Hampton F.C.-Bill Miller, the defending 7-on-7 men’s soccer champion, continued undefeated in fall season play at East Hampton’s Herrick Park Monday night by besting, even though it played most of the game a man down, F.C. Tuxpan 3-1.

Tuxpan got on the scoreboard first, thanks to a goal by Carlos Bolvito, but before the first half was over Quique Araya’s header knotted the count.

A penalty kick awarded Bill Miller early in the second half proved to be the game-winner, Gehider Garcia easily beating Antonio Chavez to the lower right corner of Tuxpan’s nets.

Not long afterward, Bill Miller clinched the win as Irineo Amador converted a pass toward the far post that he’d received from Garcia.

The night’s second game wasn’t played because one of the teams, Sag Harbor United, didn’t show, thus forfeiing to Bateman Painting. Maidstone Market, whose former dominance has been challenged in recent years by Tortorella Pools and Bill Miller, was to have played Tortorella in the third game.

Leslie Czeladko, who oversees the league, has added Monday games to the customary Wednesday ones so that the fall season can wind up before it gets too cold.

Before the Maidstone-Tortorella game got under way, John Romero, the Market’s sponsor and coach, was happy to report that East Hampton’s Long Island Soccer Football League’s Division 1 entry had recently beaten that division’s defending champion, Port Jefferson, 2-1, the first time in four tries that the locals have done so. “We should have had four goals that day,” he added.

“We’re in second place now,” Romero said of the D-1 team. “We lost in an away game to the league’s worst team,” he said. “We had no players,” he added by way of explanation.

In other recent action, the East Hampton Football Club lost a nationalcup game to the defending-champion Lansdowne Boys in Yonkers by a score of 1-0, and, in a state cup game, defeated the Cosmopolitans 3-0. The team is to play a second-round cup game on Dec. 6.

Meanwhile, all three of the East Hampton Football Club men’s soccer teams are to play here at the Ross School Sunday, with the D-1 Reserves playing at 10 a.m., the D-1 team at noon, and the over-30s at 2.

“Next year,” said Romero, whose Maidstone Market is one of the organization’s chief sponsors, along with Bill Miller and Associates and John Hummel Construction, “we’re going to have entries in the first, second, and third divisions of the Long Island Soccer Fooball League. We have the talent. I want everyone to play.”