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On This Day In History | 1998

November 13, 2010

The ’98 Regional Champions | Marvin (1st row, 2nd from left), Smith (1st row, 3rd from left), Albert (1st row, 2nd from right), Hicks (2nd row, 1st on left), Schlesinger (2nd row, 2nd from left), Searle (back row, 4th from left)

S.S. Seward was 19-0 and ranked #1 in New York. 12 of their 19 players were seniors. They had won three straight Section IX Championships and the last two Regional Championships and were looking for a 3rd against the Stony Brook boys soccer team. According to The Times Herald-Record, “The S.S. Seward boys’ soccer team had lofty expectations entering this season. The Spartans, after advancing to the semifinals last year and the final two years ago, expected nothing less than winning the state Class D title.” In their last two games the Spartans had won 5-2 and 6-0 and could not have been flying higher, which made their 4-1 loss to the Bears all the more devastating.

Nick Searle started the scoring for the blue and white 19 minutes into the 1st half, driving home the rebound of All-State forward Jay Smith’s rocket. Just 1:34 later All-Conference midfielder Chris Albert seized control of the match after making a run down the left sideline and converting a gorgeous pass from Smith. With 11 minutes left in the half Smith added a goal to his 2 assists, driving home a pass from Tom Schlesinger as the Brook carried a 3-0 lead into the half. Any sliver of hope that remained for the Spartan faithful was extinguished by Albert who found the net on a free kick just 5:40 into the 2nd frame. The Bears defense, led by All-Conference honoree David Marvin and Jon Hicks, kept Seward off the board until just 3:30 remained in the match.

In the program’s first trip to the state tournament the Bears earned the school’s first Regional Championship since entering the New York State Public High School Athletic Association 25 years earlier.

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Stony Brook Soccer Wins

by John Boell | Newsday

No matter how one looked at it, the Stony Brook boys soccer team was at the disadvantage in the Class D Southeast Regional Final against S.S. Seward.

The Bears had to make a three-hour trip to Orange Community College, while Seward – a Section IX school – traveled just five minutes to the Middletown facility.

Seward also benefitted from scouting Stony Brook earlier in the week, during the Bears’ regional semifinal win over Blind Brook on Tuesday.

Add to that, Seward came into the game a perfect 19-0.

But all that didn’t matter to Stony Brook, which scored three first-half goals in a 10-minute span to defeat S.S. Seward, 4-1.

The Bears (9-7-2) advance to Friday’s Final Four in Poughkeepsie against an opponent to be determined.

“We definitely thought we could beat them,” Stony Brook coach David Church said. “Having not seen them, they had a lot of advantages . . . But we knew we could play with the best, and we went out and proved it today.”

Sophomore forward Nick Searle got the Bears on the board 19 minutes into the first half. After Jay Smith’s initial shot was stopped, Searle put in the rebound to give Stony Brook a 1-0 lead.

Two minutes later, senior midfielder Chris Albert made a run down the left side, and converted a Smith feed from midfield to put Stony Brook in front, 2-0.

With 11 minutes left in the first half, Smith (two assists) scored off a Tom Schlesinger assist to give the Bears a three-goal advantage.

Stony Brook went up 4-0 just 5:40 into the second half, when Albert scored his second goal of the game off a free kick from the left side.

The Bears defense kept Seward in check – and appeared to have their fourth shutout of the year – until Seward’s leading scorer, Peter Helseth, took a corner and headed it in with 3:30 left.

“I’m very proud of the kids,” said Church, in his 13th year with the Bears. “They played their best game of year. We’re peaking at just the right time.”

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