Soccer and Rugby Results Were Wonderful

“We’re excited about the season,” said Corey DeRosa.
Esteban Valverde, with the ball above, put the East Hampton Football Club on the board late in the first half of Sunday’s game here with Kew Forest. Craig Macnaughton

East Hampton’s men’s soccer and rugby teams began their seasons this past weekend, with wonderful results. 

The men’s soccer team, with two of its younger forwards, Esteban Valverde and Erick Arevala, scoring goals, defeated Kew Forest, a surprisingly good first-year Division 1 entry in the Long Island Soccer Football League, 2-1, and the rugby team, paced by Brian Anderson and Kevin Brabant, defeated the Brooklyn R.C. 26-12.

In reporting on the latter game, played at East Hampton’s Herrick Park Saturday afternoon, Charlie Collins noted that “last year Brooklyn finished the regular season with an 8-2 record on the way to a first-round loss in the playoffs. We knew they would be a formidable opponent.”

The Sharks lost 35-19 to Brooklyn in 2013, but returned the favor, by way of a 48-10 thrashing, in 2014.

First-half tries by Brabant and Anderson in Saturday’s game treated Montauk to a 14-7 lead at the half. The locals, thanks to a breakaway by Brabant, upped the lead to 21-7 early in the second half, though the visitors came back to cut the home side’s lead to 9 points in the latter stages of the contest.

Montauk, said Collins, thwarted a late-game Brooklyn drive that wound up inside the Sharks’ 22-meter line, after which Nate Campbell “broke down the sideline to score our fourth and final try as time expired. That sealed the victory and also provided us with an all-important bonus point in the standings.”

The locals are to play host to the Lansdowne R.C. this Saturday at Herrick at 1 p.m. Lansdowne will also come in at 1-0, thanks to a 38-7 win over Old Maroon this past weekend.

As for the men’s soccer team, the East Hampton Football Club, which has proved to be a contender in the L.I.S.F.L.’s top Islandwide division, Valverde, a former East Hampton High School star who’s applied to enter Villanova University in January, got it going with an unassisted goal at the end of the first half of Sunday’s game with Kew Forest at the Ross School.

(Earlier that day, E.H.F.C.’s Division 1 reserves trounced their counterparts 9-3, with Jorge Alvarado, who had two, Luis Barrera, Antonio Gonzalez, and Arevala among the scorers.)

East Hampton pretty much continued in control in the second half as its midfielders and forwards, using short passes, worked well together, creating frequent scoring chances. At the other end, Carlos Barahona, a former Colombian national team player who spelled Alex Mesa in the goal, kept the lid on.

Carlos’s brother, Julian, East Hampton’s center midfielder, took a penalty kick, awarded after Mario Olaya had been taken down in the box about midway through the second half, but was thwarted by Kew Forest’s goalie, who punched away his chest-high shot toward the right corner.

Near the game’s end, Olaya, who was on the left wing, and Arevala, who’d replaced Gehider Garcia on the forward line, combined to clinch the shutout as Arevala converted the rebound of a hard, low Olaya shot that the goalie could not control.

“We’re excited about the season,” said Corey DeRosa. “Pretty much everyone was here today [the aforenamed and Gabi Piedramartel, Rodolfo Marin, Stiven Orrego, Danny Bedoya, Leonel Uchupaille, and John Romero Jr., among others], with the exception of Elihud Menbreno.”

“Our problem,” DeRosa continued, “is that, because all these guys work, we sometimes don’t travel well — especially when it’s mid-November and it’s 15 degrees out and we’re to play under the Triborough Bridge.”

The team, whose other coaches are John Romero Sr., Barrera, and Martin Gutierrez, is to play at Port Jefferson at Diamond in the Pines on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Montauk’s forwards were on the move in Saturday’s win here over the Brooklyn Rugby Club. Morgan McGivern
Nate Campbell scored Montauk’s fourth and final try in Saturday’s rugby game at Herrick Park. Craig Macnaughton Photos