Farmingdale United after winning the 2013 State Open Cup.
Top row, left to right: Taylor Sipos, Jaime Gonzalez, Lauryn Davidson, Ashley Byrne, Katie O'Connor, Brian Mulcahy, Tatiana Franco, Erin Neville, Amanda Milazzo, Niccola Venezia, Lauren Hill and Phallon Tullis-Joyce
Middle row, left to right: Phallon's brother, Maddy Fernbach, Gabby Albano, Mackenzie Kober, Allyson Baner, Katie Gerdes, Christina Lampasi and Kelly Gerdes
Front row: Kaitlin Loughren
New to the team and not in photo: Jessica Ammendola, Adriana Mendrinos and Kali Moss
By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
May 23, 2014-There looks to be no stopping Girls-Under-17 Farmingdale United, which has five State Open Cups, including the past four, all against different opponents in the championship game. The Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) team will be playing in the June 1 final against the Alleycats Elite Wildcats of the Capital District Youth Soccer League (CDYSL) at Stringham Park in LaGrange yet the Alleycats are no pushovers as they recently finished fifth in the Northeast Region Premier League (NERP).
In the Region 1 Premier League, Farmingdale again represented the LIJSL and Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) well, finishing with a perfect 9-0-0 record and outscoring opponents 26-2 to win the championship and qualify for the US Youth National League for 2014-15. Boys-Under-16 Smithtown Arsenal, the defending national champions, were the other Eastern New York and LIJSL team to win the championship of the Region 1 Premier League.
“Having a team-first attitude and the willingness to put in the hard work day in and day out has been the key to our success. The players have always wanted to work and achieve,” said Farmingdale United coach Jaime Gonzalez. “As a coach, it is such a great feeling to know that your players come into every practice and every game wanting to compete.”
Farmingdale has played 35 games in 2014 and lost just two, to Eclipse Select Elite of Illinois and Southern California’s Carlsbad United Elite. 12 Farmingdale players have committed to Division 1 colleges and three to Division 2 programs. This spring, Taylor Sipos is Farmingdale’s leading scorer with 19 goals while keeper Lauren Hill has 10 shutouts.
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. 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.