By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 11, 2018-How appropriate that two Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) teams, the Farmingdale Stars United and the Stony Brook Crew, played for the Peter Masotto Cup as it’s named after a longtime Long Islander. Peter is Region 1 Hall of Famer and U.S. Soccer Life Member who volunteered as President of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) from 1984 to 2006 and coached the Massapequa Falcons girls team to the 1988 national championship.
The Girls-Under-16 State Open Cup final was played on June 3 at Stringham Park in LaGrange.
Leah Sparacio scored a last-minute goal to give Farmingdale the 2-1 win. Jessica Ford netted Farmingdale’s other goal.
“Both teams are so closely matched but our girls had the endurance to win the state championship,” remarked Farmingdale coach Steve Ballas.
Farmingdale will represent Eastern New York at the Regionals from June 29 to July 3 in Spotsylvania, Virginia as part of the National Championship Series.
With over 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and 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 Children With Special Needs. 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 onto http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.