Massapequa's perfect season came to an end on Monday as the Hicksville Comets defeated the Chiefs 2-0 in a non-league game at Burns Park. Jimmy Meyers put the Comets up 1-0 ten minutes into the match with a gorgeous leaping header off a corner kick from Demetri Partsinevelos. Hicksville senior Tim Parker put his team ahead 2-0 just three minutes later and the Comets never looked back.
Score: Hicksville 2, Massapequa 0
Records: Hicksville 6-0 (8-0); Massapequa 5-0-1 (6-1-1)
Hero: With Hicksville leading 1-0, the Chiefs were ready to slow the pace and take control of the game, but Parker jumped on a giveaway by Massapequa defender Sean Vinberg and made the defenseman pay. Parker flew down the right side before ripping a shot past Chiefs goalie Sean Brailey into the top left corner of the net. Parker's speed and ball control were on display for most of the match and they were a big reason why the Comets walked away with the victory.
Turning Point: While Massapequa's offense is potent, Hicksville has allowed just three goals in eight games this season. Parker's goal 13 minutes into the first half was enough to put the game out of reach. "He's an unbelievable player," said Massapequa head coach Keith Stanley about the Hicksville forward. "He's a game-changer and we had a tough time with him. We gave the ball away to him and he punished us."
Quotable: "I thought we had good pressure," Stanley said. "I thought we played hard to the end. We've been getting leads and falling apart a little bit at the end. I don't think we fell apart and I don't think we gave up. I'm actually more pleased with this loss than I am with some of our wins."
Bottom Line: The Chiefs may have lost their first game of the season, but the team played hard and had their chances. Senior midfielder Roberto Reyna did a nice job of controlling the ball in the center of the field while senior defenseman Nick Fetzer controlled the backline and broke up several Hicksville rushes. There is such a thing as a good loss, and on an ugly weather day in a non-league game, this was a good loss for the Chiefs.
Key Stat: Parker now has 10 goals in his last seven games.
Who's Next? Oct. 7, Farmingdale @ Massapequa (Burns Park), 4:15 p.m.
Teams…………………1……..2 – F
Hicksville…………….2……..0 – F
Massapequa………0……..0 – F
H – Meyers (Partsinevelos)
H – Parker
H – McPartland, 8 saves.
M – Brailey, 6 saves.