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Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014: Commack boys edge Brentwood in OT

   Leading off today: A bunch of soccer games played Tuesday could have qualified as the lead item to today's blog -- there were at least three huge developments on Long Island alone -- but only one featured the No. 5 boys team in Class AA edging the No. 3 squad in overtime.

   Junior midfielder Peter Lopes redirected a Justin Cebollero header on a corner kick and past Brentwood goalkeeper Jayson Murillo in the 91st minute as Commack topped the Indians 1-0 in double overtime. It was Lopes' first varsity goal.

   "I went to bed last night and dreamt that I'm going to score against Brentwood in double overtime and it actually happened," Lopes told Newsday. "I still can't believe that just happened."

   Brentwood, winner of five of the last six Section 11 Class AA titles forced the action through much of the second half, but Commack goal Ryan Sinnott held down the fort.

   "Throughout a game you're going to have stretches like that and you just have to keep pushing through," Sinnott said. "You can't let that get to your head."

   In neighboring Nassau County, unbeaten but unranked Plainview JFK scored a 2-0 win over Hicksville, Class AA's No. 16 team.

   Austin Geier scored from in close with 12 minutes left in the first half, and Zachary Schain added the insurance with 12:23 left in the game.

   In CHSAA action, Chaminade snapped a 30-game St. Anthony's unbeaten streak with a 1-0 win as sophomore Yanni Rigos turned back 17 shots. Rigos was in the nets because a rash of injuries has sidelined three Chaminade goalkeepers already this season.

   "I wasn't intimidated, a little at the start with the crowd and everything," Rigos said. "I came out, did what I had to do and got through it."

   Rigos' key moment came midway through the second half when the Friar's T.J. Butzke hit the crossbar with a penalty kick. When the rebound came back out to Butzke, Rigos made the save.

   "Yanni is just a pro, man," senior midfielder Brian Moran said. "That shot didn't even faze him. He gave up the penalty kick, but then he was ready to save it."

   Girls soccer: Shannon Miller scored four minutes into the game and Abbey Leon added a goal late in the first half to spark No. 2 Pittsford Mendon past No. 10 Honeoye Falls-Lima 2-0 in a rematch of the 2013 Section 5 Class A final. Barb Bruce made two saves in the Vikings' eighth shutout of the season.

   In Class B action between Section 3's top Class B teams, No. 9 Westhill pulled out a 2-1 win over No. 2 Cazenovia as Jayanna Monds scored in the second overtime for her second tally of the game.

   Saige Ackermann of Cazenovia scored in the final minute of regulation to force extra time. football site

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   Milestones: Hendrick Hudson coach Diane Swertfager recorded her 500th career girls volleyball win with a 25-22, 25-20, 25-20 win against visiting Panas. She owns three NYSPHSAA championships in 26 seasons.

   Bri Sammon scored a hat trick to lead Marcellus past Syracuse CBA 3-1 and present 17th-year coach Laurie Updike with her 300th win. Updike's overall record is 300-44-15, with 13 Section 3 championships and two NYSPHSAA titles.

   He'll have to sit: Section 9 rejected a Newburgh Free Academy protest of Anthony Dubose's one-game suspension, meaning the Division I prospect at safety and running back will miss this weekend's football showdown against rival Monroe-Woodbury.

   Dubose was ejected from Friday's game against Washingtonville after officials ruled that he led with his helmet on a hit on wide receiver Jakob Woods in the second quarter. Dubose was ejected for the hit, which carries a one-game suspension, according to Section 9 rules.

   Newburgh AD Jason Semo contended that the ejection was a misinterpretation of the rules, which do not require an automatic ejection.

   "It was basically a judgment call and we don't overturn those calls," Bob Thabet, the Section 9 executive director, told The Times Herald-Record. "But we did want to give Newburgh a chance to provide its case. We believe the officials did a good job in that game and we have complete confidence in them."

   Newburgh hosts Monroe-Woodbury Saturday in a rematch of last year's Section 9 Class AA final, game, won by M-W 31-30.

   Rankings news: The new set of football rankings was posted to the New York State Sportswriters Association website today. You can get the rundown on all our rankings in football, soccer and cross country here.

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