The Huntington junior varsity boys’ soccer team came awfully close to perfection, losing just once in league play and twice in 17 games overall.
The Blue Devil JV went 12-1-1 in Suffolk League III and 14-2-1 overall under veteran head coach and Huntington alum Jose Alfaro.
The team was led by sophomores Christian Garay and Jeysson Orellana. Garay tallied 12 goals from his forward position while Orellana put the ball in the net eight times and also played strong defense.
Known for his calm, yet knowledgeable and firm sideline presence, Alfaro used his talented roster wisely. “Style and chemistry built the boys’ game,” he said. “Attitude and respect turned the team into a family.”
The Blue Devils overwhelmed many teams offensively. Huntington outscored its opponents over the 17 game schedule by a 76-21 margin. The team shutout five foes and limited five others to a single goal.
Captained by Christian Bellissimo, John Tucker and Orellana, the team’s on-field leadership was unsurpassed. This helped create terrific team chemistry, which led to exceptional defense as well as smart passing and ultimately goal scoring opportunities.
The Blue Devils lost an early season non-league game to Northport, 2-0. It marked the only time Huntington was shutout all fall. The team split a pair of 2-1 games with league foe Newfield and tied Smithtown West late in the season, 1-1 after previously defeating the Bulls, 2-1.
Tucker and Jose Turcios-Garay contributed to Huntington’s sensational defense. Blue Devil goalie Cole Pillion was aggressive and consistent throughout the season.
Garay, Hector Martinez and Julien Rentch were the top goal scorers, with noteworthy support from the rest of the team. Martinez scored two dramatic goals on corner kicks.
The two games against Smithtown West were arguably Huntington’s best of the fall. The Blue Devils’ 2-1 victory came in overtime on a goal by Emerson Forbes. The 1-1 tie game featured two dramatic 10-minute overtime periods during which neither team could break the stalemate. Many fans said it was among the best games they had seen.
Asked to provide a forecast for next season, including who will be returning, Alfaro was blunt. “I hope none return and they all go on and strengthen the varsity,” he said.