The Blue Devil varsity boys’ soccer team was a model of efficiency on Wednesday afternoon as Huntington shutout a very good Copiague squad, 2-0.
The Eagles came into the game with a 4-1 mark, but Huntington was fresh off a stunning performance a day earlier when the Blue Devils exploded for five second half goals to overwhelm visiting Smithtown East, 5-2.
Huntington took a 1-0 first half lead when freshman Oscar Cordova Parada headed in a cross from junior Freddy Amador in the 25th minute. Blue Devil defensive stars included Mark Rafuse, Mike Abbondandelo, Aidan Forbes, Denilson Osorto and Cordova Parada, who hustled around the field and aggressively confronted Copiague’s offensive unit to keep the Eagles scoreless.
The Blue Devils added an insurance goal in the 79th minute when Amador tapped in a rebound off a shot by sophomore Alex Rivera, who picked up the assist.
Huntington boys' soccer players
are pulling together. (Mike Connell photo.)
The win was a sweet one for the Blue Devils since Copiague had defeated Newfield (2-1) and Centereach (1-0) earlier in the season, two teams that Huntington dropped 1-0 decisions to in league play this fall.
Huntington goalie Nat Amato stopped five shots to record his third shutout of the season as the Blue Devils evened their overall record at 4-4. Head coach John Pagano was pleased with how his team play and hopes it continues.
After defeating Patchogue-Medford (3-0) and Northport (6-0) in non-league games to open the season, Huntington dropped contests to North Babylon (2-1), Newfield (1-0), Smithtown East (2-1) and Centereach (1-0). The Blue Devils have looked sensational in the last two games, outscoring Smithtown East and Copiague by a combined 7-2.
“We went back to basics and played a great passing game,” said Rafuse following the game against Copiague. “The younger guys are stepping up and getting more confident in their positions. Our defense is playing solid as a unit and our team play is coming together.”
Huntington hosts West Islip today (Friday) at Blue Devil Stadium at 4:30 p.m.