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Sayville boys soccer wins Class A STATE TITLE (Newsday) - Sayville Wrestler, Chris Siracusa, plays big role in defensive effort

Posted Monday, November 22, 2010 by www.newsday.com

Sayville Wrestling Congratulates the Sayville Boys Soccer Team on winning the first Team State Title in School History.

Sayville Wrestlers on State Championship Soccer Team: Justin Bonamico; Matt Leshinger; Justin Liu; Chris Siracusa & Joe Hauser.

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Fullam helps Sayville boys soccer to Class A title

Quick Summary

Sayville's boys soccer team defeated Pittsford Mendon, 2-1, in a Class A state final.

The Sayville soccer team pose for a photo

Photo credit: Christopher Pasatieri | The Sayville soccer team pose for a photo after defeating Pittsford Mendon. (Nov. 21, 2010)

    MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. - Sean Fullam has come up with one big play after another during Sayville's postseason run, so it was only fitting for him to score what may be the most important goal in Sayville boys soccer history.

Fullam got the pass he was looking for from Vincent Sakk, slipped past a defender, shot the ball off the far post and tapped in the rebound to put the Golden Flashes ahead of Pittsford Mendon by one with 7:38 remaining in the second half of the Class A state final.

"I was fighting the sweeper all day," Fullam said. "I knew if I get a long ball over the top, I'm most likely going to beat him and then I just got to get it past the keeper."

Sayville (20-1-1) held on for a 2-1 victory over Pittsford Mendon (17-3-2) to win its first state championship.

In six postseason games for the Golden Flashes, Fullam has scored five goals, three of which were game-winners, and made an assist on a game-winning goal.

" It was our goal at the beginning of the season," Fullam said. "We knew if we played to our ability, transformed our potential to productivity, we would come out on top."

Pittsford Mendon nearly tied the game in the final 30 seconds but Craig DeCesare cleared the ball out off the goal line and preserved the victory for the Golden Flashes.

"I was on the ground and Craig cleared it right off the line," Sayville goalkeeper Dan Scheck said. "It deflected off one of their players who was on the goal line and bounced up and he just cleared it right off the line."

The Temple-bound Scheck made seven saves and allowed one goal, only his third goal allowed all season. Pittsford Mendon's top scorer, Andrew Smith, tapped in a rebound to tie the score at 1, after Scheck made a nice diving save with 13:43 remaining in the second half.

"I was so mad that it went in," Scheck said. "I should've saved it but I knew I wasn't letting up another goal."

With the score tied, Sayville's defense was called upon to do what it did all season long - not allow any chances. Dakota Edwards, a member of the U.S. Academy select under-1 7/18 team, and Chris Siracusa made several outstanding stops for the Golden Flashes.

"He's just incredible," Sayville coach Val Winter said of Edwards. "We always give him the job of marking the toughest forward and he's an incredible player, so highly skilled, so intelligent on the field, nothing bothers him."

Five minutes into the second half, Siracusa was one-on-one with Smith, who was charging toward the goal. Siracusa knocked the ball away from Smith and neutralized a great scoring opportunity for Pittsford Mendon.

"We don't give enough credit to Chris Siracusa," Winter said. "He usually never gets beaten, even if he gets beaten to the ball, he's smart enough not to allow the player to get by him."

Pittsford Mendon controlled the first 25 minutes of play but a fearless sequence by Edwards, in which he took on three players and got past them all, seemed to shift the momentum toward the Golden Flashes in the first half.

"I just think about going on the field and playing the best I can and just playing my defense, my role of the game," Edwards said.

Sayville got on the board with 22 seconds remaining in the first half on an own goal by Pittsford Mendon, last touched by Fullam.



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