At its Dec. 7 board of education meeting, the district honored the sensational 2016 season of the Sanford H. Calhoun Boys Soccer squad.
“After finishing in first place in their conference, the Colts entered the playoffs as the No. 3 seed,” board trustee Wendy Gargiulo said ahead of the award presentation. “The Colts went on to defeat Oceanside 2-1 in the quarterfinals with a golden goal in overtime; they then beat Hicksville 2-1 in the semifinals to avenge one of the team’s only two losses of the season up until then.”
Calhoun then became county champions with an overtime golden goal win over No. 1 seed, Massapequa, and then went on to defeat Suffolk soccer dynasty Brentwood, 3-2, in the Long Island Championship with yet another overtime golden goal. The season culminated in a trip to the State Final Four in Middletown. The Colts played great but lost to eventual champion New Rochelle by the score of 4-3, this time on the wrong end of a golden goal in overtime.
“As amazing as the success of this year’s team, it was the friendships and good times shared that made it truly special,” Gargiulo said. “It was a season that none will ever forget.”