By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 7, 2013-FC Somers Razors of the Westchester Youth Soccer League (WYSL) edged the Lake Grove Rampage of the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) in a shootout, 5-4, to win the Boys-Under-14 State Open Cup. The game was played at Stringham Park in LaGrange on June 1.
A scoreless tie lasted through regulation and overtime before FC Somers’ Daniel Veliz, Christian Shkreli, Joey Landicino, Jordan Fein and Colin Murphy converted their kicks.
"The Lake Grove defense was superb," commented FC Somers coach Alan Brady.
FC Somers will represent the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) at the Regionals from June 28 to July 2 at the University of Rhode Island. Eastern New York is donating $2,000 to the team and paying all expense fees for the Regionals.
Lake Grove received the Howard Rubenstein Sportsmanship Award as selected by the game officials. Now retired, Mr. Rubenstein was seemingly involved in every facet of New York soccer and is a member of the Halls of Fame of Eastern New York, the US Amateur Soccer Association and the Long Island Junior Soccer League.
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.