By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 19, 2014-A 30-yard direct kick by Francesco Cirigliano was the difference in the game as the Hicksville Outlaws of the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) defeated Guilderland FC Dutchmen of the Capital District Youth Soccer League (CDYSL), 1-0. The game for the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association’s (ENYYSA) Boys-Under-14 Arch Capital Group Cup was played on June 7 at the Peter Collins Soccer Park in Plainview.
“We were the more aggressive team today and we possessed the ball,” said Hicksville coach Mario Cirigliano. “And credit as well to our keeper, Devin Messina, who had the shutout and has been excellent all season.”
The accolades keep on coming as Hicksville also received the Howard Rubenstein Sportsmanship Award as selected by game officials.
Eastern New York would like to thank our sponsor, Arch Capital Group, which writes insurance and reinsurance on a worldwide basis through operations in the United States, Bermuda, Canada and Europe, with a focus on specialty lines.
“This cup competition is a great event in that it gives young people an opportunity to experience high levels of competition. And you don’t have to be the best team in the state to win a championship with the Arch Capital Group Cup,” said Brian Hughes, Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary of Arch Capital.
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.