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St. John the Baptist's Gianna Giroux (no. 21) celebrates after scoring a goal against John F. Kennedy Catholic. (Nov. 10, 2013) Photo credit: Patrick E. McCarthy
by jennifer.earl

Gianna Giroux’s two goals lift St. John the Baptist to CHSAA state title


Sophomore Gianna Giroux could get used to this.

The speedy sophomore matched her season total by scoring both goals in St. John the Baptist’s 2-1 win over Kennedy Catholic (Somers, N.Y.) Sunday in the CHSAA girls soccer state championship game at Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn.

Giroux’s two goals secured the team’s first state title since 2009 and the fourth crown in the 18-year coaching career of Shannon Keenan.

Weather played a role as SJB overcame the wind for the win.

“The strong winds definitely had an influence on the game,” Keenan said. “With the wind, we were letting our passes get away from us and couldn’t control the speed of the ball. And then playing into the wind in the second half, we had to put more into our passes. They did a good job.

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Michael Blumberg of Jericho heads the ball against Sayville. (Nov. 10, 2013) Photo credit: Bob Sorensen
by jennifer.earl

Blumberg, Greenbaum lead Jericho to Class A title


Michael Blumberg and the rest of the Jericho boys soccer team knew it wasn’t going to be easy to three-peat as they entered Sunday’s Long Island Class A championship game.

The Jayhawks’ season started with some injuries and a few losses, and by midseason, Blumberg wasn’t sure if they were even going to make the playoffs.

“We started complacent and extremely confident,’’ said Blumberg, whom coach Dani Braga called the ‘‘engine’’ that makes the Jayhawks go. “As we saw, this was no easy ride.’’

Blumberg and fellow senior midfielder David Greenbaum made the ride all the more enjoyable when they scored 1:23 apart in the first half to lead Jericho to a 2-1 victory over Sayville at Mitchel Athletic Complex.

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Massapequa celebrates after winning the Class AA Long Island Championship.
by jennifer.earl

Massapequa wins Long Island Class AA boys soccer title


Dan Vitiello had the best seat in the house as he watched his Massapequa boys soccer team put in one goal after another in the Long Island Class AA boys soccer championship Sunday.

There’s no better feeling than that for the senior goalkeeper, as his Chiefs scored three first-half goals en route to their 5-1 win over Smithtown West at the Mitchel Athletic Complex.

“This is the best team I’ve ever been on. We don’t want this to end,” said Vitiello, who made four saves. “Today was easy, not as much pressure on me. I didn’t have to do a lot. Our forwards made great runs, our midfielders played the ball in well and our defense held its own.

Vitiello and the Chiefs (14-1-2) can only hope it remains this easy when they move on to the state semifinals to face Monroe-Woodbury at 11:15 a.m. Saturday in Middletown.

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