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Oct 15, 2019 12:04 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

East Hampton Boys Soccer Has A Shot At Making Playoffs, While Girls Are Likely Out

East Hampton junior Christopher Pintado heads the ball into the box. KYRIL BROMLEY
Oct 15, 2019 6:03 PM

The East Hampton boys soccer team is unbeaten in its past three games, after having lost its previous three. The team is, at the moment, in line for another postseason berth.

The Bonackers (5-5-2 League V) must win two of its final four games, which started on Tuesday night at Eastport-South Manor, or win one of those games and pull a draw in two others. Teams need to finish with a .500 winning percentage or better in order to qualify for the playoffs.

Christopher Pintado and Robert Rea both scored in the first half of Monday morning’s game to lead East Hampton to a 2-0 home victory over West Babylon. Chris Barahona and Mateo Munera split time in goal and made two saves each in the shut out.

Pintado, Hudson Musnicki and Michael Ortiz all scored in the Bonackers’ 3-0 victory at Rocky Point on Thursday, October 10. Barahona and Munera each had two saves again in the shutout. Pintado scored the game-tying goal in the second half against Islip on October 4 to force overtime and the eventual tie.

Additional information on the Bonackers’ previous games was not provided.

After playing at ESM on Tuesday night, East Hampton is scheduled to host Kings Park on Thursday, October 17, at 4:30 p.m., will play at Harborfields this Saturday at 2 p.m., and will finish out the regular season at home against Hauppauge this Tuesday, October 22, at 4:30 p.m.

Postseason Unlikely For Girls

Even if the East Hampton girls soccer team wins out its final four games, (3-7 Division II, 4-8 overall, 81.78 power points) the squad will most likely not qualify for the Suffolk County Class A playoffs, head coach Cara Nelson said. Class A is loaded with talent this season, and there were at least 13 teams ahead of the Lady Bonackers in the standings, as of Tuesday morning.

East Hampton has won three of its past five games, its latest being a 1-0 victory at home over Smithtown Christian in some tough weather conditions on Thursday, October 10. Claire McGovern scored on an assist from Alden Powers two minutes into the second half and it held up in what was a rainy and windy game. The Lady Bonackers put 13 shots on goal compared to Smithtown Christian’s two.

“The weather conditions were less than ideal, with heavy rain and winds throughout the entire match,” Nelson explained. “Weather was definitely the great equalizer, as we were the better team but struggled to capitalize in the first half when the wind was against us.”

East Hampton plays at Hauppauge this Friday night at 7 p.m. and is scheduled to play at Wyandanch the following day at 1:30 p.m. It will host Amityville on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. before finishing out the regular season on October 24 at Sayville at 6 p.m.

The second annual “Battle of the Bonackers” Staff Soccer Game that was rained out on October 3 has been rescheduled for October 23 at 4:15 p.m. on the high school turf.

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