Soccer Team Battles Difficult Schedule

Katie Piscopio, Editor in Chief

After reaching the county finals in 2010, the boys’ varsity soccer team, coached my Mr. Liguori, had a tough run this season, finishing with a record of 1-8-1 in Conference IV and 2-9-1 overall. Although they suffered from losses against many strong competitors, the Warriors had many strong moments throughout the season.

In their first game of the season on September 10, Wantagh was victorious versus Hewlett, 1-0. Freshman Chris Taibi scored the only goal for the warriors on a through ball in the fourth minute from senior Alec Chapoteau. Goalie Kevin Laibach made a remarkable diving save on a penalty shot in the 30th minute. Laibach had three saves to combine with Taylor Cain for the win. The Warriors also defeated Garden City, 3-2, on September 16. Garden City scored their second goal in the 25th minute, but Wantagh rallied and came back for the win in the final seconds of the game. With 36 seconds left, Chris Iannetta headed in a free kick from Matt Vaccaro, leading the Warriors to their second victory of the season.

In their last three games of the season, the Warriors fell to three tough competitors. The boys fell to South Side, 2-1, on October 13. Chris Berry scored the only goal for the Warriors, and Alec Chapoteau had one assist. The team also suffered from a 3-1 loss against the 1st place team in Conference IV, Jericho, on October 20th. Senior Jordan Zucker had one goal for Wantagh. In their last game of the season, October 21st Wantagh fell to Roslyn, 4-0. Senior Taylor Cain played a great game in goal with nine saves, but Roslyn scored three goals in the second half.

Although their record may say otherwise, the boys’ soccer team played a great season full of determination and heart. It was a bittersweet end for seniors Alec Chapoteau, Jordan Zucker, and Taylor Cain, who have finished playing their last season as Warriors.