Back row, left to right: Coaches Steve Padaetz, Ron MIller, Matt Levine, Pat Triano
Middle row, left to right: Nicholas Triano, Bryan Provvido, Joseph Di Miceli, Jason Rosa, Zachary Brooks, Peter Zarba, Michael Briguglio, Caleb Lindo
Front row, left to right: Shane Monaghan, Matthew Miller, Kyle Porcano, Michael Lerner, Andrew Hawk, Valentino Napoli, Brandon Tarrash, TJ Guararra
By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
July 11, 2013-From Memorial Day until the end of June, the Boys-Under-14 Oceanside Fusion won three championships and played in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association’s ENY Upper 90 Cup final. The Fusion won the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) Division 2 championship with a 7-2-0 regular season record, the Long Island Cup and the 27th Annual Manalapan Memorial Day Tournament in New Jersey. They did it with the entire team living in the Oceanside School District and 14 of the 16 players on the original roster from three years ago.
"In an unbelievable four-week period from May 25 to June 22, the Fusion played 10 games, all with division, cup and tournament-deciding implications," commented Oceanside Fusion coach Steve Padaetz. "The success the boys have enjoyed, of course, is nice. However, it is their personal and collective growth and maturity as young men that’s the real story here."
The South Shore soccer hamlet of Oceanside was particularly hit by Hurricane Sandy last year and the Fusion was no exception as six players were displaced from their homes.
"This year we knew it was going to be difficult, as we held no soccer activities from the last game of last fall, played the day that Sandy hit, and did not pick up again until January," commented another Fusion coach, Ron Miller. "The indoor facility that we had rented sustained heavy damage from the storm and we had to push back a few weeks for repairs to be made."
Coach Miller continued, "When the boys got together, we were truly amazed. The attendance, which we thought would take a hit, did just the opposite. We had almost a full squad at every practice, even though families were still displaced. It was as if our training sessions brought a little normalcy to the boys and the families as well, many who had not seen each other in weeks. It made us realize that we were like a second family to each other and we all missed one another and now had an excuse to forget about our worries for a little while and watch what we love, our boys playing great soccer together."
Then the father of goalkeeper Peter Zarba died right before the Spring Season.
"Peter Zarba Sr. loved watching his son play, and he would make it to just about every game, even if it meant pushing his wheelchair through dirt, stones or grass fields," Coach Miller stated. "He always had a smile and a kind word and his passing hit the team hard."
The coaches agreed that his son, Pete, responded with having one of his best seasons, highlighted by a victory over the Southampton Strikers in the Long Island Cup quarterfinals that the team won 4-3 after eight rounds of the shootout, as well as a victory over the Hauppauge Azzurri that put Oceanside into the ENY Upper 90 Cup Final. That match lasted an incredible 12 rounds of penalty kicks and Peter even scored a goal on his turn in the shootout.
During the spring, Oceanside had an overall record of 17-3-0. On June 16 at the Three Village Soccer Park in Stony Brook, Oceanside blanked the Albertson Lions, 3-0, in the Long Island Cup final with Brandon Tarrash, Zachary Brooks and Jason Rosa scoring the goals. Along with the Division 2 title and the Manalapan Memorial Day Tournament title, that’s an amazing three titles in four weeks.
So Oceanside, which began playing in LIJSL Division 5 as Under-12s in 2010, will be playing in Division 1 this fall.
"We will continue to focus on individual and team development plus help our kids prepare for the upcoming high school season as 12 will be freshmen," added Coach Padaetz.
With 123,843 youth soccer players––68,587 boys and 55,256 girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 12 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. Eastern New York exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Special Children. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. Eastern New York is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log on to http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.