By Gavin Menu
Despite a host of injuries that knocked a handful of starters from the lineup, the Pierson-Bridgehampton boys soccer team scored a 2-1 victory on the road at Greenport on September17. Playing again with key players out of the lineup, the Whalers lost, 4-0, to Westhampton Beach on Saturday and 4-2 to Mattituck on Monday.
“We’ve been absolutely decimated by injuries,” said head coach Peter Solow. “Five potential starters were unavailable at Greenport, and we were very lucky to come out of there with a win.”
Pierson played, at times, with eight or nine players against Westhampton’s full unit of 11, making it “impossible for us to play against quality players,” according to Solow.
Facing the defending New York State Class B Tuckers on Monday, the Whalers played what Solow called their best soccer of the year, despite losing in the end. Jesus Padilla and Cameron Burton scored goals and the team stayed close almost throughout.
“We played probably the best game that a Pierson team has played in years,” Solow said. “I’m hoping our guys learn something from the experience, and if we play the way we’re capable of playing, we’ll be in very good shape.”
Pierson will play at Smithtown Christian on Thursday, September 17, and at Southold on Tuesday, September 29, both at 4:30 p.m. The team’s next home game against Port Jefferson is scheduled for Thursday, October 1, at 4:30 p.m.