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1: FRIENDS ACADEMY | The End Was Just The Beginning


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4: HARDWORK | Simplicity helps Friends Academy reach state final four Published: November 13, 2013 1:17 PM By JASON STROMBERG jason.stromberg@newsday.com This season, like all his previous 30 seasons at Friends Academy, coach Marshall Lindner keeps it simple with his players. "The key is team offense and team defense," the boys soccer coach said. "The defenders have to help out on offense and the offense has to come back and help out on the defensive end." Doing both for the Quakers is Jon Nierenberg, who scored two of Friends Academy's five first-half goals in the win over Southold, a game the senior started at forward, before playing in the back on defense in the second half. Friends will play Lake George in the Class C state semifinals at 7:15 p.m. Saturday at Middletown High School. "In the beginning of the season, we knew we had the weapons," Nierenberg said. "We just had to figure out the lineup." Having senior midfielder Andrew Stingi on board has certainly helped Friends Academy move past last season's disappointing loss to Port Jefferson in the Long Island title game. Stingi and Nierenberg each had a goal and an assist in the victory over Haldane. "We've put in a lot of first-half goals because we don't want that losing feeling," Stingi said of the Quakers, which has scored 34 of its 50 goals this season in the first half, including postseason. "Honestly, it starts in practice. Everyone doesn't want to win for themselves. It's a fighter's mentality we have as a team."

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7: November 9, 2013 9:41 PM By JASON STROMBERG jason.stromberg@newsday.com Andrew Stingi had a goal and an assist and Patrick Moodhe had two assists to lead Friends Academy (13-1-2) to a 4-0 boys soccer victory over Haldane in a Class C regional final at Arlington High School in LaGrange. Stingi scored the first goal of the game off an assist from Moodhe in the fifth minute. Harry Nicolas scored in the 13th minute from close range to put Friends Academy ahead 2-0. Max Heffron scored a goal late in the first half and Jon Nierenberg added a goal in the second half. "When we were up by one, they had some decent opportunities but Brandon [Rosenbaum] made some great saves," coach Marshall Lindner said. Rosenbaum had seven saves in the shutout. "The defense played very well," Lindner said. "Our central defender, Samer Bendary, really controlled and directed traffic for us in making sure our marking was good." Friends Academy will play Lake George at 7:15 p.m. Saturday at Middletown High School in a state semifinal.

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10: Friends Academy vs. Haldane boys soccer by Isaac Cass on Nov 9, 2013 11:46 PM — @MSGV_Icass Patrick Moodhe's ability to heave a soccer ball 40-plus yards in the air means that virtually every Friends Academy throw-in doubles as a set piece opportunity. In the Quakers' 4-0 win over Haldane (12-7-1) in Saturday's NYS Class C regional final at Arlington High School, they put Moodhe's rare skills to good use. Friends (13-2-2) scored three first-half goals off long Moodhe throw-ins en route to the lopsided victory. "(The throw-ins) definitely helped us out a lot this season," said Moodhe, a 6-foot-2 senior defender who also plays basketball and baseball. "We scored a lot of goals on it and it creates a lot of chaos in the box and gives us more opportunities to score." Andrew Stingi cashed in on one of those opportunities just five minutes into the match, heading in a bouncing ball on the far post to give the Quakers a 1-0 lead. While Haldane knew all about Friends' deadly weapon, it was unable to do much about it. "It was intimidating with the wind," Blue Devils goalie Peter Hoffmann said. "It was really a factor and I just tried my best to either punch it out or catch it." Harry Nicholas doubled Friends' lead in the 26th minute, stabbing at a loose ball off a scramble in front. Max Heffron capped off the early surge three minutes later, burying a header to stretch the lead to 3-0 at the half. It was the exact kind of start the Quakers were aiming for. "In the Long Island championship game, we actually did the same thing and we felt like if we could do that again we would get the momentum and take it to them," Friends senior captain Jon Nierenberg said. "That's always the mentality when you are up. It's that much easier." Nierenberg added the Quakers' final goal in the 43rd minute, slipping a low shot just beneath Hoffmann. Friends advances to play the winner of Section 2's Lake George and Section 10's Brushton-Moira in the state semifinals next Saturday at Middletown High School at 7:15 p.m. The Quakers are aiming to capture the program's third state title in the last five years. They last won it all in 2010. "It's all heart and we just want to win," Nierenberg said. "We might not be the most talented, but we have the most heart and it's going to take us all the way."

13: Friends advances to final with 3-0 win over Lake George Originally published: November 16, 2013 8:56 PM By JASON STROMBERG jason.stromberg@newsday.com MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Friends Academy boys soccer coach Marshall Lindner really liked the way his Quakers played in their win over Haldane in the Southeast Regional final. He was even more impressed in Friends Academy's 3-0 win over Lake George in the state Class C semifinal Saturday at Middletown High School. "Same level," Lindner said. "We moved the ball well, played for each other and used all the players on the field. Playing for each other is what these guys are all about. One more win." Maximilian Heffron got it started for the Quakers, scoring in the 11th minute to give Friends Academy a 1-0 lead. Heffron's unassisted goal was nice, a burst through the defense to send one in from point blank range, but it was his ability to save a ball from going out of bounds in front of the scorer's table that showed how much Friends Academy wanted this one. "We have that mentality of coming out so strong and never letting up and finishing them early," Heffron said. The Quakers (14-1-2) can capture their third state title in program history if they defeat Lansing at 3 p.m. Sunday. Friends Academy last won state titles in 2009 and 2010. "The turf was slippery out there," said Jon Nierenberg, who scored in the 16th minute on a direct kick that made it 2-0 Friends. "It wasn't the best shot, but a goal is a goal." Harrison Seideman tacked on another first half goal, this one off an assist from Harry Nicolas, in the 36th minute to cap the first half scoring with the Quakers leading by three. "We work on timing in practice," Seideman said. "When we do what we do, it demoralizes the opponent.

16: FA Boys Varsity Soccer Capture 3rd state championship Quakers edge Lansing HS, 1-0, in intense match-up With grit, determination and all-out teamwork, the Friends Academy Boys Varsity Soccer team completed their quest for a third state soccer championship, defeating a tough Lansing High School, 1-0, in the New York Class C State Championships. Both teams kept the game at a tight 0-0, until 20 minutes into the second half, when a throw-in from senior Patrick Moodhe connected with the head of senior Jon Nierenberg for the game's only goal. The day before Friends defeated Lake George HS with a convincing 3-0 victory in the semifinals. "Lansing came out with an excellent defensive game plan," said head coach Marshall Lindner. "They saw us play a very strong game against Lake George and they made a major commitment to team defense." Lansing also double-teamed Nierenberg, but was unable to contain his game-winning goal. "Their strategy was a brilliant move, but we continued to push hard for a game-winning goal," remarked Lindner. While Friends enjoyed a successful season with 11 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties, Lindner admits that the team was still not ready for championship play. "We had an excellent regular season, but I think we understood that we really weren't yet a real serious playoff contender. And if you look at our season at the beginning, we were not a championship team," said Lindner. "We lost to an outstanding Carle Place team; tied another strong team, CSH, and only squeaked by Wheatley," he added. Lindner credits the team's seniors as pivotal in changing both the mindset and ability of the team. "The senior leadership was fantastic. These guys were driving everyone else," recounted Lindner. "They pushed everybody to do the drills better and they constantly said to the younger players, 'We have to play for each other.' They would say, 'You can't play for a trophy or a title -- you need to play for each other.' There was this ethic that you went out there and played, not only team offense, but also team defense. We made the commitment to being an elite team," said Lindner. For Lindner, this level of teamwork is what defined the 2013-14 Quaker championship team. "The championship teams of 2009 and 2010 had four Division I players on the field at once. We're not a school of 2,000 kids. To have four at the same time... that doesn't always happen. We have some very fine players, but this was a team that was much more team-oriented. We passed the ball beautifully. And while we didn't have four D-I players, we made up for it by playing like a team." In the end, playing for each other is what made the difference and turned this start-of-the-season okay team into a team that will forever be a state champion. "If guys are willing to sacrifice for each other and play as a team, you can achieve a tremendous amount," finished Lindner.

19: State title for Friends Academy November 17, 2013 8:37 PM By JASON STROMBERG jason.stromberg@newsday.com MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. Moooo-dhe. Moooo-dhe. Moooo-dhe. Each time Patrick Moodhe approaches the sideline for a throw-in, he can hear those chants from teammates and fans. "I can hear it," Moodhe said. "It kind of feels special." It was special in Friends Academy's 1-0 win over Lansing in the state Class C boys soccer championship Sunday at Middletown High School. Moodhe's high arching throw-in from in front of his own bench landed on the head of Jon Nierenberg, who put it home to give the Quakers the lead in the 60th minute. "It was hard for everyone to capitalize on it today because they were defending it well," Moodhe said. "It was just a matter of time before somebody could get a head on it." That head happened to be Nierenberg's. "Pat takes all of our throw-ins and the kid can throw it 40 or 50 yards," Nierenberg said. "He's such a weapon. Anytime we can get the ball in the box with one throw, it puts it in the other team's mind that [they have to] mark up." Lansing (19-2) did mark up Nierenberg, but not well enough to deny the Quakers (15-1-2) from capturing their third state title in program history. "The ball was wet out there, so I dried it off well enough to get a good grip on it and get it close to Jon," Moodhe said. "There's always the anticipation for it. Not every goal comes on a throw-in. So special to be a part of it in that way." Friends Academy coach Marshall Lindner said about one-third of the Quakers' goals have come on Moodhe's throw-ins. "He's a baseball and basketball player," Lindner said. "He's used to those things. This is what a championship game is all about. Both teams played tremendous. I'm proud of our kids. What a great thrill." Moodhe nearly produced another goal off a throw-in, this one landing on the foot of forward Liam Bardong, who ripped a shot just wide of the left post.

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28: Friends Academy Soccer Roster Mascot: Quakers Team: Varsity 2013-14 Colors: Red, Black Coach: Marshall Lindner Address: 270 Duck Pond Rd, Locust Valley, NY 11560 # Name Pos. Gr. 0 Steven Petrocelli GK Jr. 1 Brandon Rosenbaum GK Jr. 2 Patrick Moodhe D Sr. 3 Scott Gulbransen D Jr. 4 Oliver Muran MF Jr. 5 Harrison Seideman MF Sr. 6 William Sands FORW Sr. 7 Maximilian Heffron D Jr. 8 Jordan Schuss D Sr. 9 Liam Bardong FORW So. 10 Matthew Tidona D So. 11 Kevin Isernio D Sr. 14 Michael Kliger MF Jr. 15 Andrew Stingi (C) MF Sr. 16 Gabriel Patino D Jr. 18 David Binler FORW Sr. 19 Mark Slotnick MF Sr. 20 Jason Baskind D Jr. 23 Jonathan Nierenberg (C) MF Sr. 24 Jonathan Cangemi MF Jr. 26 Thomas Frey FORW Jr. 27 Samer Bendary D So. 29 Harry Nicolas MF So. 31 Tyler Leon MF Jr. 32 Anthony Cortese MF Jr. 33 Timothy Ingrassia FORW Sr. 34 Jesse Wilensky MF Jr. 91 Joseph Como GK Fr.

29: 2013 FINAL NEW YORK STATE SOCCER Rank / Team / Section Wins Loses Ties 1 Friends Academy-8 15 1 2 2 Lansing-4 20 2 0 3 Lake George-2 20 2 0 4 Williamson-5 15 5 0 5 S.S. Seward-9 17 2 0 6 Fabius Pompey-3 17 2 0 7 International Prep-6 16 2 0 8 Geneseo-5 17 2 1 9 Haldane-1 11 6 1 10 Lake Placid-7 9 3 2 11 Southold-11 12 4 1 12 Solomon Schecter-1 9 6 0 13 Trumansburg-4 15 3 0 14 Greene-4 17 1 0 15 Marion-5 15 3 1 16 Hamilton/Morisville-3 11 4 1 17 Randolph-6 15 1 3 18 Pierson/Bridgehampton-11 10 5 2 19 Maple Hill-2 14 3 0 20 Kendall-5 14 2 1


31: 2014 Team Captains | Max HEFFRON | OLIVER MURAN | SAMER BENDARY | Brandon Rosenbaum

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