By Michael Lewis
CORAM, N.Y. — As it turns out, winning and old soccer jerseys never go out of fashion.
Just ask the Greenport High School boys goalkeeper Miguel Torres, who has worn head coach Sean Charters’ goalkeeper shirt he wore when he guarded the net for the Porters on-and-off through his senior season in 2011.
“It’s cool to see that jersey in a spot where I couldn’t bring it and he’s doing a great job,” Charters said after Torres backstopped the Porters to a 1-0 win over Southold and the Suffolk County Class C title Sunday. “He’s like a brother to me. I am best friends with his older brother.”
So, Torres wears this blue shirt with a No. 5 — a rather rare number for a goalkeeper — when he steps in the net.
Asked if the shirt had perhaps some magical qualities, given the Porters (11-6) have enjoyed their best season in years, Charters replied, “It’s the first county title since I played, so why not?”
Prior to a training session at Southold this summer, Charters decided to give the senior keeper the jersey. Charters attended Greenport from 2008-12.
“I wasn’t expecting it,” Torres said. “It was a nice surprise. He’s a good friend. Just to wear his jersey that he was wore in high school was very cool.”
Charters has a collection of his former Greenport sports jerseys, so he could afford emotionally to allow Torres to have it for keeps.
“It’s all his,” he said. “I have other jerseys keeping the memories.
“I save all my sports memorabilia. I have every jersey I have ever played on Greenport with. I offered to buy them, and they told me I could take them. It’s something that when I’m older, it’s something cool I can show the kids and other family members just sitting around when you’re having family times. ‘Hey, this is what I wore when I played.’ ”
The Porters, who won their first boys soccer county title of any kind since 2008, won’t have much time to catch their breath, let alone recover as they take on Solomon Schechter High School (Section I) right back here at the Diamond in the Pines Tuesday at 2 p.m.
“Right now, were going to celebrate,” said Torres, who made six saves against Southold. “When we get home tonight and tomorrow, we should just rest, ice, take care of any injuries we have. If we have a practice, get some touches in as well to get ready for Tuesday.”
Schechter was 2-1 upset winners over Hamilton Saturday.
Charters, who watched Schechter defeated Hamilton on Saturday night, admitted he expected the top-seeded to win but its foes threw a wrinkle at its foes, playing its top goal-scorer at sweeper.
“It’s a treat to see how they’ll come to play on Tuesday,” he said. “I don’t know if they will take the same approach. I don’t think they’re really going to come into that game on Tuesday to do that same thing. You don’t win a county title by accident. They’re a tough team. They’ve been notorious. They have won five out of the last seven Class C titles in Section I. You can’t back away, even if they don’t have a bunch of seniors like we do. They have guys who are ready to play.”