Photo by Damion Reid/PSAL
Aviation’s Soccer Team, celebrating their championship victory last year, look to repeat this year.
By Carmine Carcieri
Twelve-seeded Aviation Career & Technical Education High School finished the 2014 PSAL boy’s soccer season in dramatic fashion as they went on an impressive eight game winning streak on their way to the Varsity A Division title over Wagner.
That championship momentum has carried over into this season with the Eagles currently supporting a 10-0 record.
Led by head coach Mario Cotumaccio and assistant Michael Fischer, Aviation is not just beating their opponents but dominating. The team has scored 2.4 goals per game and have notched three scores or more on three separate occasions, including six goals against Long Island City in late September.
Aviation has also become one of the best defensive teams in the New York City area as they have shut down their opponents to four goals total all season while senior goalie Andy Lucero has recorded a mind boggling 40 saves.
The most impressive feat of this 10-0 start is the fact that Aviation plays in a difficult division, featuring Newcomers (6-2-2), Queens Vocational Tech (5-4-1), John Adams (3-5-2), William C. Bryant (2-7-1) and Long Island City (1-9-0).
Newcomers, the second best team in the division, could not handle the Eagles line of defense and Lucero in both match-ups this season, losing by a combined score of 2-0.
The one concern for the Eagles is their lack of true tests. Sure, they have played in a strong conference and have handled the teams that they are supposed to beat, but what if they have to deal with some adversity?
That’s where their experience will come into play.
With 14 seniors and just two freshmen, the Eagles can use their toughness and versatility as a major advantage. Most of the roster has already gone through the ups and downs of a championship season in 2014, so they are able to rally together and build on that confidence.
Cotumaccio’s squad has two games remaining before the playoffs kick off but it won’t be an easy task to finish undefeated.
His team will have a target on their back while they play the two top teams from the Queens A East division, Francis Lewis and Bayside. Francis Lewis has 22 points and has recorded a 7-1-1 record. Bayside is 5-1-2 with 17 points to their name.
With back-to-back championships looming as the goal, the Aviation Eagles must rely on their defense, keep their poise and hope that Lucero continues to play lights out between the posts.
A November trophy could be back in their hands.