For more than two hours, two Long Island Junior Soccer League teams battled for the Boys U-16 New York State Open Championship.
In the end, the Smithtown Hurricanes topped Lynbook/East Rockaway Sting 4-1 in a shootout after the teams played to a 2-2 overtime draw. With the win, the Hurricanes win the Livio D’Arpino Cup in a match played at Stringham Park in LaGrange, N.Y.
Issah Khanat scored for Smithtown in regulation, which finished 1-1, and Andrew Agunzo tied the game at 2 in overtime. Smithtown won the championship in the shootout, 4-1. Smithtown keeper Mike Gasparino saved two penalty kicks while his teammates Jake Shin, Jared Sciarino, Ryan Safran and Noah Lavenchik converted their kicks.
“Our two teams are so evenly matched and we kept coming back as we never quit,” said Charles Bell, Smithtown coach.
The new champs also received the Rocco Amoroso Sportsmanship Award, as determined by the game officials. Smithtown will represent Eastern New York at the Regionals from June 29 to July 3 in Spotsylvania, Va., as part of the National Championship Series.