Cougars Are State Champions!

By Arielle Dollinger

adollinger@longislandergroup.com

 

The Commack soccer team celebrates a victory in front of a Commack fire truck, which escorted them home.

The Commack soccer team celebrates a victory in front of a Commack fire truck, which escorted them home.

The Commack High School boys varsity soccer team has earned the title of Class AA New York State champions for the second time in the school’s history.

Capped off by a 2-0 win over Fairport on Sunday – a win that followed a 1-0 victory over Shenendehowa in the New York State Championship semifinal the day before – the boys will now go down in history.

With the triumph over Fairport, Commack finished its season with eight consecutive wins – dating back to the regular season – and sees the Cougars standing tall with an overall record of 21-1-1. Anthony Izzo scored both goals in the Sunday win and scored an additional goal on Saturday to help lead the Cougars past Shenendehowa in overtime.

When they arrived home, their bus having been escorted by the Commack Fire Department from the LIE north to Commack High School, the Cougars were met by “hundreds of people,” according to a school spokeswoman.

“Words cannot describe what we witnessed upon our arrival back to Commack High School,” said Coach David Viegas.

In the week prior to the final, Viegas said that he and the team had not yet played a “perfect game,” but that the boys had been playing well.

“[I’m] very impressed and I’m very proud of what they’ve accomplished,” Viegas told Long Islander News that week. “But, like I said, we’re still looking for better things ahead… We want our season to end after next Sunday… on a positive note.”

Whether it was perfect, only Viegas knows, but, for the Cougars, a state championship must be about as positive a note the boys could have hoped their season would end on.