Three local boys soccer teams eye regional championships

Three local boys soccer teams eye regional championships


Three local boys soccer teams eye regional championships


The Arlington, Rhinebeck and Spackenkill high school boys soccer teams spent the off-day from school on Monday getting some final touches in before competing today for spots in this weekend’s state final four in Middletown.

Arlington is playing its Class AA regional final at 5 p.m. against Washingtonville at Faller Field in Middletown, while Rhinebeck and Spackenkill are traveling down to Suffolk County on Long Island.

Rhinebeck is opposing Port Jefferson, a 4-1 winner over Friends Academy on Monday, at 2:30 p.m. for the Class C regional crown, and Spackenkill is meeting Mattituck, a 1-0 overtime winner over Carle Place on Monday, in a 5 p.m. Class B regional final. Both games are being held at Coram’s Diamond in the Pines.

Arlington is coming off a 3-2 victory over North Rockland in the Section 1 final on Friday night behind a pair of goals from Jeff Greblick and one goal from Ryan Miller.

Washingtonville — the Section 9 champion — defeated Section 4 champ Corning, 1-0, in a state regional semifinal.

“It should be a real nice challenge for us,” Arlington coach Craig Sanborn said. “At this point in time, the guys know what’s at stake. They’re hungry. They showed it in the Section 1 tournament.

“We’ve accomplished two of our goals so far, and the third one is to advance as far as we can in the state tournament.”

Spackenkill and Rhinebeck won regional semifinals on Saturday in Middletown against Blind Brook and Solomon Schechter, respectively. Spackenkill was a winner on penalty kicks, and Rhinebeck netted its triumph in overtime.

“It’s an exciting time for the boys and the district,” Rhinebeck coach Justin Wiesenthal said.

“The boys have worked hard all year, and they’ve never been here before. We’re enjoying the time together and looking forward to trying to take this to the next level.”


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