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Riders fall in state title game

November 12, 2017 - 11:49 am Updated: November 12, 2017 - 12:13 pm

MIDDLETOWN --  Ichabod Crane's dream season fell one victory short of a state title as the Riders dropped a 4-0 decision to Center Moriches in the New York State Class B boys soccer championship match at Faller Field on Sunday morning.

The contest pitted the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the state against each other and both demonstrated why they were the final two teams still alive in Class B.

The match was dead even for most of the first half until Center Moriches' star forward Ben Hamilton connected off a corner kick from Jack Wicks with 1:42 remaining in the stanza. The goal was Hamilton's 39th of the season and 72nd for his career.

The Red  Devils quickly jumped on the Riders at the start of the second half as Hamilton scored again two minutes in. Four minutes later, Matt Alifano tallied just his second goal of the season, findng the back of the net from 30 yards out to make it a 3-0 game.

Ichabod Crane had an apparent goal waved off 10 minutes into the half, with the officials doling out a yellow card to the Riders

Center Moriches tacked on a final goal with 10 minutes remaining when Eric Amaya took a feed from Hamilton and beat Riders' goalie Spencer Bates. The goal was Amaya's 16th of the season, while the assist was Hamilton's 20th.

Despite the setback, the loss couldn't diminish all the Riders accomplished this season, capturing another Section 2 Class B title, winning a state regional and state semifinal match, while outscoring their opposition, 114-9.

The state title is Center Moriches' second and first since 2009.

Ichabod Crane finishes the season with a 20-1-1 record.