By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 6, 2014-In the Girls-Under-16 State Open Cup final between two Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) teams, the Brentwood Pride won their second consecutive championship with a 3-1 win over the New Hyde Park Lynx. The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) title game was played on Saturday, May 31 at Stringham Park in LaGrange.
Claudia Cagnina scored two goals and Tara Manchio added another to pace Brentwood to victory.
“We scored early and when you step on the field as the favorites, it’s important to score early,” said Brentwood coach Nir Sveri. “But it’s always challenging to play against an athletic team like New Hyde Park.”
Brentwood received a $2,000 check from Eastern New York to defer the costs of playing in the Regionals from June 26 to July 1 in Kingston, Rhode Island.
New Hyde Park received the Howard Rubenstein Sportsmanship Award as selected by the match officials. Now retired, Mr. Rubenstein was seemingly involved in every facet of New York soccer for decades and is a member of the Halls of Fame of Eastern New York, the US Amateur Soccer Association and the LIJSL.
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 11 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA 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. ENYYSA 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.