SFDS Ties 4-4
In Middle Village, the SUDS Boys 3rd grade soccer team held off a rally from the St. Sebastian Eagles to end with a 4-4 tie.
The SUDS were able to field only seven players, the minimum number needed to avoid a forfeit. In a display of good sportsmanship the St. Sebastian coach voluntarily used only seven players too.
Sean Towey scored early in the first period to give SUDS the lead. Tommy Ray followed with a goal on a pass from Sean Towey. The third goal of the period was kicked in by Tommy Ray, on a fine pass from Ariel Feldman.
The defense was anchored by the trio of Anthony Alloco, Shane Brunner and Matthew Edelson. The net was guarded by Terence Munns, who was playing goalkeeper for the first time. Terrence allowed only one goal in the first period by a St. Sebastian player who had recently played in the "under 10" division in Ireland. At the end of the first period SUDS had control of the ball and held a 3-1 lead.
In the second period, St. Sebastian’s liberal use of substitutes began to take a toll on the SUDS team. Despite playing continuously with no substitutes SUDS never gave up. Sean Towey persisted and scored his second goal after the goalkeeper deflected his first shot but Sean took control of the rebound and scored SFDS’s fourth goal. Following a penalty kick by St. Sebastian’s and another goal the score was even at 4-4.
Despite last minute heroics neither team could break the tie. Both teams were winners by learning first hand the value of sportsmanship.