By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
July 1, 2014 -Congratulations to Coach Jason Weisberg and the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association’s (ENYYSA) Olympic Development Program 1998 Girls North Team, who won the Regionals in Kirkwood, Delaware on June 22. Through the two ODP tournaments they played, in Pennington, New Jersey on June 6 to 8 and in Kirkwood on June 21 and 22, these girls born in 1998 won all five games against opponents from five different Northeast states, outscoring them 11 to 3.
“The components to the success of our group was three-fold,” explained Coach Wesiberg. “We have an experienced group who have played together in ODP for a few years, we have a group of versatile players who can play in more than one position based on our needs and we have players who all can play a role in our system.”
Eastern New York looks to play the ball to Brittany LaPlant at forward. Coach Weisberg stated, “We are always lucky enough to pose a threat up top with Brittany LaPlant whether it be centrally or out wide. She is the type of player who can change the game at any moment.”
“In our midfield, we have good depth combined with some very technical and hardworking players. We were anchored in the back by Mairead Martin, who was backed by very solid goalkeeping performances from Caroline Naijar and Taylor Dorado the whole way through Regionals.”
On to the ODP Nationals against teams from the South, Midwest and West Coast next March!
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.
Top row, left to right: Coach Jason Weisberg, Kylee Babcock, Brittany LaPlant, Kira Murphy, Rachel Parsons, Rachel Moran, Victoria Eavis, Camryn Careccia, Chrissy Cannella, Sarah Van Horn, Mairead Martin, Assistant Coach Jim Shapiro
Bottom row, left to right: Erin Sanders, Madison Ehring, Jada Stewart, Caroline Najjar, Taylor Dorado, Megan Cavanaugh, Julia McGuire