DIX HILLS, N.Y. — The Dix Hills Hurricanes and the Rosedale Super Eagles will meet for the Long Island Soccer Football League’s Ryder-Vass Under-23 tournament championship.
Both teams won their respective semifinal matches at Tom Collins/Chris Pantatier 911 Memorial Stadium at Half Hollow Hills East High School Sunday.
They will meet at Burns Park in Massapequa, N.Y. Wednesday at 8 p.m.
In the first game of the doubleheader, the Hurricanes defeated 10-man Port Jefferson SC in a shootout, 5-4, after playing to a 2-2 draw in 90 minutes of regulation.
Dix Hills overcame a two-goal deficit to force the penalty kicks. Port Jefferson grabbed a 2-0 lead by the 23rd minute. First, Mosiah Whyte converted a penalty kick in the ninth minute before Rafael Castro Garrido doubled the lead in the 23rd minute.
The complexion of the match started to turn in the 34th minute when Port Jeff’s Akeen Morris earned a straight red card for a rough tackle at midfield.
The Hurricanes took advantage of the extra minute in the 45th minute as Ethan Homler put home a left-wing cross to slice the lead in half. The hosts equalized in the 79th minute as Ryan Carfora scored from a difficult angle on the left side of the penalty area.
In the shootout, Dix Hills found itself trailing after the first round, but bounced back. Goalkeeper Marc DePasquale saved Paul Hayes’ attempt on Port Jefferson’s sixth and final try before Ryan Stevens converted the game-winner minutes later.
In the second game that was filled with many yellow and red cards, Rosedale tallied twice in the second half en route to its 2-0 win. Andre McFarlane scored off a throw-in 70th minute before Akeem Shelton added an insurance goal three minutes into stoppage time.
Immediately after the goal, a melee ensued between the teams as several players were shown red cards. Six yellow cards also were handed out.