By Gavin Menu
The defense of its Suffolk County Class C and League VIII championships began this week for the Pierson/Bridgehampton boys soccer team, which knocked off Stony Brook, 3-1, in its season opener on Friday, September 8, at Mashashimuet Park.
Senior Sam Warne scored two first-half goals and assisted on another by Grady Burton in an otherwise sluggish second half for the Whalers, who moved on to a grueling stretch this week in which they were scheduled to face Mercy on Tuesday, Greenport on Wednesday and Southold on the road on Saturday as part of the Settlers’ homecoming celebration at 10 a.m.
Pierson shared the league title with Stony Brook last season, and went on to beat Southold in the Suffolk final, and all three teams returned this season with their eye on additional prizes.
“We’re still a work in progress,” Pierson coach Peter Solow said this week, adding that he was pleased to get a win over Stony Brook in the opener. “We had a lot of good opportunities in the first half and their goalie was doing a solid job. In the second half we were a little complacent and we weren’t playing particularly smart. It’s good to get the win, we just have to get better.”
Solow used two goaltenders on Friday against Stony Brook, with senior Will Martin posting a shutout in the first half before being replaced by Dylan Kaminski, another senior who has impressed coaches during practice.
“Will is our starting goalie and had a very solid game in goal,” Solow said. “And I think all of his experience in playoffs and playing basketball is a help. Dylan is also very solid. What I’m trying to do is, when the opportunity presents itself, I want to give Dylan time so he can get the experience he needs to improve.”
Pierson will play two more road games at Port Jefferson on Tuesday, September 19, and at Southampton on September 23 before returning home to play Smithtown Christian on September 25 at 4:30 p.m.