By PHIL BRODSKY
Orange Live Sports Writer
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Getting off on the right foot with Joey Guerra’s goal at 24 seconds of the first half, the second-seeded Amity boys soccer team defeated seventh-seeded Sheehan 4-1 Sunday afternoon in the quarter-finals of the Southern Connecticut Conference Play-off Tournament. The victory improves Amity’s record to 14-1-2, which is the best record and most wins in a season during Mike Marchitto’s 11 year tenure as head coach of the Spartans.
According to Marchitto, “Sean Beaulieu fed Joey a through ball that he got at the top of the 18 yard line and quickly finished.”
Amity made it 2-0 when Jon Sutton passed the ball to Beaulieu, who proceeded to beat the Titan defender at the end line and then brought the ball out to 6-yardlix box and sent it home at 2:42.
The score remained 2-0 until the Titans’ Jose Estrada scored at 50:49 and ruined goal tender Griffin Volta’s bid for a shutout. That 2-1 tally was short-lived as Justyn Broderick found the net at 64:04 and then launched a 20 yard jaunt with the ball, beat three Sheehan defenders, and fed a perfectly placed cross to Simone Kantor, who drilled it home at 75:10.
“It was one of the prettiest goals I’ve seen this season, Marchitto said.
Amity outshot the Titans 11-9 and Volta recorded eight saves.
Marchitto added, “We played a spectacular game today—one of our best this season. This time, we worked together, played defense together, and finished most of our scoring opportunities.”
On Thursday, Amity is scheduled to host the winner of Wednesday’s quarter-final contest between Guilford and Branford.
Last week the Spartans concluded their regular SCC season by hammering both West Haven (7-0) and Career (5-1). Guerra recorded a three-goal hat trick and added an assist against the Westies. Ian O’Brien-Cannon added a pair of scores and an assist. Sutton and Jeremy Conn each put a ball into the net for the winners, who outshot West Haven 12-6. Volta recorded six saves.
“We got off to a slow start. Our first goal wasn’t scored until 30:46. Then, we scored two more goals in a minute, 20 second span to take a 3-0 halftime lead. We really got going in the second half with four more goals,” Marchitto said. “All in all, it was a good team effort.”
Dean Schwartz’s unassisted goal at 2:46 was the only goal in the first half of the contest against Career. Once again the Spartans got off to a slow start but then came alive to add four scores in the second half. Those goals were drilled home by Austin Duffy (at 42:00), Guerra (at 50:49), Schwartz (from Guerra at 57:21) and Yani Lagoutis, who came off the bench to add the final goal at 63:14.
The Panthers’ lone goal was scored by Saad Hashiem at 67:36.
Marchitto added, “Once again, we got off to a slow start. We spent too much of the first half playing keep away at midfield and going nowhere. Finally, we got more creative and went on the attack in the second half.”
The Spartans held a 15-6 edge in shots. Volta made two first half saves and Jeff Curtin had three second hand stops.