UPDATE 11/4: The No. 6 William Floyd Colonials boys’ varsity soccer team played their hearts out today but fell to No. 2 Commack by a score of 5-0. After a great ride and many memorable games and victories (10-4-3 record, two playoff victories and a No. 14 NYS ranking), the Colonials’ season comes to an end just one game shy of the finals. Congratulations to the boys’ varsity soccer team on completing the best season in the program’s history!
UPDATE 11/1: The No. 6 William Floyd Colonials boys’ varsity soccer team are going to the semifinals! Today, they defeated No. 14 East Islip by a score of 2-0 to advance in the Section XI AA playoff bracket! The Colonials were led by a strong offensive attack throughout the game, with goals by senior Mike McGuire and junior Shawn Parkinson, and a stellar defensive performance throughout. The victory sets up a semifinal match-up at No. 2 Commack on Monday, November 4 at 2 pm.
Congratulations to the student-athletes and to head coach Paul Paniccia and his staff on a tremendous win and best of luck in the semis!
Please note that Section XI charges for tickets to the semifinals. The price is $7* online or $10 at the door. *Please note that an additional $1.35 convenience fee is charged per ticket. Follow this link to purchase tickets: https://gofan.co/app/school/NYSPHSAAXI.
See additional William Floyd vs. East Islip game photos below!
After Thrilling Victory, Boys’ Varsity Soccer Advances to Quarterfinals
UPDATE 10/29: After finishing regulation and overtime in a 1-1 tie, the No. 6 William Floyd Colonials defeated No. 11 Bay Shore in a penalty shootout (5-4) to advance to the final eight for the first time in program history! The Colonials fought back from being down a goal as senior Mike McGuire tied the game at one with just under four minutes remaining in regulation time (assist by Sebastian Sosa). The Colonials continued to put pressure on Bay Shore in extra time, but were unable to net a goal. In a second penalty shootout, Sam Jordan scored a penalty kick and senior goalkeeper Andrew Hall followed it up with an incredible save to secure the victory for the Colonials. This victory, the first playoff for any team on the new turf field and the first home playoff win in the boys’ soccer program’s history, has catapulted the team to the quarterfinals. On Friday, November 1 at 3 pm, the Colonials will host No. 14 East Islip with the winner advancing to the semifinals. Congratulations and go Colonials!
Game pics from WF vs Bay Shore available below!
The William Floyd Colonials boys’ varsity soccer team is going to the playoffs! The Colonials clinched a spot in this year’s Section XI AA playoff bracket on the heels of an eight win regular season (8-3-3 overall record), placing them second in their division and earning a No. 6 seed overall. They will host No. 11 Bay Shore on the new turf field on Tuesday, October 29 at 2 pm.
“The key to our success has been a good balance of attacking as a team and defending as a team,” said head coach Paul Paniccia. “At any given point of a game, all 10 field players are involved with building the play up to a goal. We are not the biggest and fastest team but we are fortunate to have skilled and technical players at every position.”
Heading into the season Coach Paniccia expected youth to be the theme, and while that still holds true, he credits seniors Sebastian Sosa, Mike McGuire and Andrew Hall for doing a great job at maintaining the team’s composure and confidence throughout the season. “While we have a winning record I think about half the games we had to come from behind to win or tie. The maturity of our seniors has also been helpful. They know how to stay composed on the pitch, stay with the game plan and settle everyone down.”
The blend of youth and experience has been a perfect mix for the Colonials. Junior Mario Salguero has been an attacking force all season, scoring 16 goals along with six assists in 14 games, among the top 10 scorer’s in Suffolk. Senior Mike McGuire also netted five goals as the team’s attacking forward. Senior goaltender Andrew Hall made 97 saves this season, putting him among the top goaltenders in Suffolk County.
Congratulations on a tremendous regular season go out to Coach Paniccia, assistant coaches Desmond Megna and Shaun Harris and the players Andrew Hall, Mike McGuire, Sebastian Sosa, Joseph Mazzarella, Jovanny Ortiz, Sam Jordan, Adonis Cheese, John Centeno, Alex Speruta, Ian Rojas, Alex Rojas, Matthew Vlacich, Vincent Perez, Jared DiChiara, Erick Inga, Mario Salguero, Abner Bolanos-Martinez, Jeremy Hall, Josh Seura-Muriel, Brian Martinez, Santos Montenegro, Jose Aquino, Edward Mendez, John Rebelo, Shawn Parkinson, Andrew Bilotti and Steve Hurtado. Good luck in the playoffs! Go Colonials!