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Friday, November 21, 2014
Much-needed win for Oceanside
Tony Bellissimo/Herald
Oceanside's Michael Schmutter, right, controlled the ball in front of Farmingdale's Frank Merklin during the Sailors 2-0 win last Saturday.

Midway through the second half of Oceanside’s 2-0 victory at Farmingdale last Saturday, senior goalkeeper Ryan Gura gently tapped three spare balls off the back of the net behind him.

The gesture was part-necessity, part-superstition. “The refs usually don’t want the extra balls sitting on the net,” Gura said. “I don’t like seeing a ball there, either.”

No ball in play found its way past Gura, who made five of his six saves in the second half, including three from close range, to preserve an important win. Junior Angelo Maffetone scored 8:43 into the game and junior Anthony Vitta added an insurance goal with 10:25 remaining as Oceanside (2-5 overall) picked up three crucial points in the Conference AA-I standings.

“It’s such a big win,” Sailors coach Chuck Phelan said. “We had to get this one if we wanted to start making a push for the playoffs. 

“We’ve got one more game before the cycle starts over, and I think we’re getting better. We could easily be on a three-game winning streak right now.”

After failing to score in its first four games, Oceanside has registered seven goals in the last three. It broke the drought with a 3-2 win over Freeport on Sept. 21, with seniors Michael Kaniatyn, Eric Filkowski and Michael Schmutter getting goals, and Maffetone, recently inserted into the starting lineup, scored twice three days later in a 3-2 defeat to Uniondale. “We started the year with one forward and five midfielders, but we just weren’t getting enough scoring chances so we went back to a traditional lineup,” Phelan said. “I’m eager to see what we can do the second time around against the teams that shut us out.”

Maffetone got the eventual game-winner at Farmingdale when he floated a shot from 15 yards out over the outstretched arms of keeper Sergio Lopez. “He’s given our offense a nice boost,” Phelan said of Maffetone, who plays in the midfield. 

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Oceanside, soccer, Sailors
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