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Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015: Brentwood knocks off Commack in boys soccer

   Leading off today: Senior Alejandro Callejas' first varsity goal for the Brentwood boys soccer team was a big one.

   Callejas converted a pass from Jefferson Portillo midway through the second half, and it proved to be the game-winner Monday as the Indians, ranked 12th in the state in Class AA by the NYSSWA, edged defending NYSPHSAA champion and ninth-ranked Commack 3-2.

   "Oh my God! I couldn't believe it at first. I thought they would call a foul or something," Callejas told Newsday. "It bounced at my feet and I just tried to get it off quickly because their goalie is great and I didn't want to give him time."

   Rayneri Ruiz and Kevin Trejo also scored for Brentwood. Callejas' winner came after Commack's Anthony Izzo tied the game at 2-2 about 10 minutes into the second half.

   "A typical Brentwood-Commack game," Indians coach Ron Eden said. "They are bigger and better when the ball is in the air. We are quicker and in the second half we put the ball on the ground and played our game."

   More boys soccer: Canisius (6-2-2) pulled off a 2-1 upset of St. Joe's (9-1) in a clash of two of Western New York's better teams. The Crusaders broke a six-game losing streak to their Monsignor Martin Association rival.

   Max Montante scored the game winner off a corner kick with four minutes left in regulation.

   An end to the futility: It had been so long since the team's last victory that only senior Cole Douglas knew first-hand what it was like for the Little Falls boys soccer team to leave the field with a victory.

   Senior Cole Douglas, who was a freshman goalie the last time Little Falls won, scored the go-ahead goal with 4:46 left and the Mounties snapped a 42-game winless streak by edging Westmoreland 4-3 at home.

   Kellan Roorda scored to tie the game at 2-2 and the Mounties took a lead for the first time when Douglas headed in a pass from Roorda. Westmoreland ()-6) tied in the 68th minute before Douglas won the ball off a Westmoreland goal kick, evaded a defender and fired a low shot into the net.

   Until a Sept. 8 tie vs. Frankfort-Schuyler on Sept. 8. Little Falls hadn't earned so much as a tie since a tournament at Waterville in 2013 -- a 31-game losing streak. The Mounties had last won in Little Falls on Sept. 29, 2010.

   Girls soccer: Grand Island broke a scoreless tie with three second-half goals and blanked Niagara-Wheatfield 3-0 in a girls soccer game between two top Section 6 teams.

   Grand Island is ranked seventh in the state in Class A. Niagara-Wheatfield is 17th in Class AA.

   Madisyn Pezzino scored twice to raise her total to 26 goals through eight games. She connected 47 times as a sophomore in 2014.

   "She's just one of the hardest working players that I have ever coached," Grand Island coach Dave Bowman told the Niagara Gazette. "The beautiful thing is everybody sees how hard she works on the field but day after day she works just as hard in practice. Then when she gets out here it all comes out and she just refuses to go away."

   Queen of the hill: Less than a week after recording career goal No. 100, Makenzie Wooldridge became Addison's career leader in girls soccer with her 105th goal. A hat trick in the 6-2 win over Jasper-Troupsburg, pushed Wooldridge past former teammate Kelly DuVall's previous mark of 104 goals.

   Milestone: Williamsville South swept Williamsville East in girls volleyball for coach Thom Knab's 300th career win.

  
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   Appeal filed, but ... : The Rye School District is appealing to the State Education Department commissioner to overturn Section 1's decision barring two boys from playing field hockey this fall, but the glacial process is all but certain to drag on will past the end of the season and even far into 2016.

   In a brief statement released Monday, Rye Superintendent Frank Alvarez said, "The Rye City School District wants to champion opportunities for all students," The Journal News reported.

   Neither the details of the appeal nor details of the Section 1 decision to bar the boys from playing under the mixed competition rules have yet been made public. The boys are unable to practice or play with the varsity team.

   State Education Department guidelines call for extensive fact-finding before a petition reaches the desk of new Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. That process can stretch beyond two months, and then a decision typically takes another six to eight months, the paper reported. Even then, that decision could result in an appeal through the court system.

   That makes it all but impossible for senior Sean Walsh to resume his scholastic career. He played on the varsity in 2014. Freshman Phile Govaert played on the junior varsity last season.

   The boys practiced with the varsity during the preseason this year until the sectional eligibility committee denied Rye's request to allow them to play.

   Extra points: Peyton Atkins, an all-state catcher and shortstop last spring as a Goshen junior, had surgery at Westchester Medical Center, The Times Herald-Record reported. Doctors inserted four plates with titanium screws to repair a fractured left cheekbone and eye socket suffered during a soccer game Sept. 5 vs. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. The three-sporter likely will be able to return to action by the start of basketball season.


  
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