By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 20, 2013-The combination of having a connection to both the Long Island Rough Riders and Colorado Rapids is paying dividends in the State Cup finals. On June 1, Winston Buddle, whose son Edson played for the Rough Riders and is now a member of the Rapids, coached the Yonkers Golden Touch to the Boys-Under-13 State Open Cup championship.
On June 8 at the Peter Collins Soccer Park in Plainview, Gary Sullivan, who played for both the Rough Riders and Rapids a decade ago, coached the Hicksville Hotshotz to the Girls-Under-11, Small Sided, Arch Capital Group Cup. The game for Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) supremacy was played 8 vs. 8 and they blanked another Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) team, the Sachem Speed, 5-0.
Five different players––Kiera Haggerty, Kayleigh Goodrich, Julia Aronov, Kenar Gelmand and Kerry Pearson––scored for Hicksville.
"This is a group of girls that loves the game," commented Coach Sullivan. "I have never coached a group that loves soccer as much as this. They are very competitive, even with one another in training."
Sachem received the Howard Rubenstein Sportsmanship Award. Now living in Ohio, the remarkable namesake of this award was seemingly involved in every facet of New York soccer for decades 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.
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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.