Sobel Fuels Portledge Rout

Yesterday afternoon, the boys’ soccer team completed a season sweep of Portledge in a 5-0 rout. It was the Bears’ second shutout of the season vs. the Panthers, including a 3-0 result in last week’s match-up in Locust Valley.

After several early chances went unfulfilled, Jai Narain finally broke through, heading home a perfect Tiger Winston corner kick with 24:09 left in the first half. Ryan Eikenes extended the lead to 2-0 with 8:52 left when he buried an Owen Sobel chest pass from twelve yards out.

The Panthers came out with a noticeable uptick in energy to start the second half, but the defensive corps of Caleb Spreckels, Aidan Mega, Joseph Spreckels, Brandon Gicquel, and Jake Aretz did a fine job of keeping them at bay. The two squads played to a standstill for the first 28 minutes of the second half, but the Portledge dam burst with 12 minutes remaining as the Bears tucked away three goals in a span of just 1:33.

At the 12:03 mark, Mo Romeus found the back of the net with a neat touch past the keeper, thanks to a deftly threaded through-ball from Sobel. 47 seconds later, Sobel found Carl Dohna unmarked inside the box, resulting in a blast into the top shelf. 46 seconds after that, Romeus lofted a cross to Narain who headed the ball into the crossbar before capitalizing on the rebound. Despite the offensive flurry, Portledge refused to give up the fight and Gicquel was once again called upon to keep a dangerous shot out of the net. Lael Kutame anchored the defense between the posts, earning his third clean sheet of the season.

The Bears are back in action Saturday morning in a home, non-league match-up with #6 Greenport.


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