Back row, left to right-Coach Billy Carroll, Nina Carlomusto, Talani Barnett, Claire Mensi, Nicole Scudero, Sarah Quigley, Administrator Kim Houlahan, Coach Bill Carroll
Middle row, left to right-Francesca Lilly, Ryan Conway, Jade Fixon-Owoo, Morgan Novikoff, Amanda Steinberg, Kaylee Houlahan, Logan Ward, Sabrina Bell
Bottom row, left to right-Brittany Munson, Julianna Kissane, Gina Giovinco, Kaila Jean-Charles, Lauren Mastandrea, Lindsay Wright
By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
July 11, 2017-The HBC Impact of the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) continue to fill up their trophy case as the girls not only became the only team in Region 1 to defend last year's Regional title but won their third consecutive Regional championship, in Spotsylvania, Virginia on the Fourth of July. It's been said that defense wins championships and that could be a good omen for HBC at Nationals from July 25 to 30 in Frisco, Texas as they have conceded only 4 goals in 16 games this spring.
“I don't think anyone from New York can properly prepare for Nationals in Texas as the conditions are just so different but we're going to train as hard as we can,” commented HBC coach Billy Carroll. “We need to work on corner kicks and set pieces as we gave up the majority of our goals last year on them. We're going to try and get as much conditioning done so that we're as prepared as possible for the heat and sun. The plan is to play a couple of friendlies to stay in game shape during the next two weeks.”
The team from Huntington is in the middle of another amazing season as they went 8-0-0 in the Girls-Under-17 age group in the Eastern Regional Premier League. They have played in five State Open Cup finals, winning the last three years, and won all three Regional finals they have played in.
“We're excited to be attending Nationals again and representing HBC and Eastern New York,” Coach Carroll concluded.
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.