Regionals: Hernandez leads PC to state final four

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For the fifth time in five playoff games, Port Chester freshman Steven Hernandez scored the go-ahead goal for the Rams. Hernandez scored less than 10 minutes into the second half to lead the Rams to a 1-0 win on Monday in Port Chester’s regional final against Section 4 champion Maine-Endwell.

Next, Port Chester (18-1-2) will play in the state semifinals at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Middletown High School.

“They tripled team him with three guys over 6-1, 6-2,” coach John Cafaldo said. “He just keeps stepping up big. We had two or three other opportunities, but he’s the guy that finishes.”

Defender Kevin Londono found Hernandez early in the second half for the only score of the game.

“He got the ball and just crossed into the box,” Cafaldo said. “It got through, and Stevie got it on his left foot. The keeper came out on him and Stevie just chipped it over him.”

Cafaldo said the game was back and forth, with each keeper making 10 saves.

“It was a pretty up tempo game,” Cafalo said. “They played the long ball at lot and they had a lot of big guys. (PC goalkeeper Jose Gonzalez) came up with some huge saves.”

The Rams got a big effort from Gonzalez, who has been playing through ankle and hip injuries.

“(Gonzalez) came up with some huge saves,” Cafaldo said. “He’s a little banged up right now. They were going right at him, and he got hit a few times, but he’s fighting through it.”

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VINCENT Z. MERCOGLIANO has been with The Journal News and LoHud.com since March 2010. He graduated from New Rochelle High School in 2005 and from Hofstra University in 2009 with a degree in broadcast journalism. He currently covers boys soccer, wrestling and baseball, while assisting with LoHud's Yankees coverage.

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