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Knights Conquer Rivals In Cliffhanger 

The John Glenn Knights, pictured in their quarterfinal round match against cross-town rival Harborfields Oct. 31, upset the East Hampton Bonackers in a shootout.

Elwood’s 2013 John Glenn Knights now have a major conquest to their credit.

By defeating East Hampton 4-2 in penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie in regular time on Monday, the Knights earned a berth in the Class A boys soccer final Thursday afternoon against Sayville. They also spoiled the twice-defending champion Bonackers’ hopes of a three-peat.

The victory also snapped a 10-game Glenn losing streak against East Hampton.

On a cross from Lois Besong, Glenn’s Jonathan Schefer struck first in the 10th minute to put Glenn ahead 1-0, but East Hampton scored just minutes later to tie the score at 1. That’s where it stayed after regulation and two 15-minute overtime periods. Goalie Max Karen made 8 saves as he fended off the hard-charging Bonackers at the goal.

After teammates Brian Lopez, Vinnie Piccoli and Sean Urda set the stage for him, junior defender Andrew Pick scored the winning penalty kick to slam the door on the Bonackers.

The Knights’ pinpoint precision in finding the back of the net was on full display in their quarterfinal match in a 5-0 shutout against cross-town rival Harborfields Oct. 31. It was Karen’s ninth shutout of the season and a victory powered by the Knights peppering the Tornadoes’ goal early and often; by the 30th minute, Glenn was already ahead 4-0. Brian Lule scored twice, while Schefer, Urda and Beson also scored. Hunter Allen had a hand in each; he made 5 assists in the shutout.

Glenn will face the Golden Flashes at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Dowling Athletic.

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