Back row, left to right: Coach Jo, Coach Chris, Vincent La Fata, Tommy Lang, Dan Sparkowski, Steven DeVerteuil, Sean Lyons, Jimmy Langjahr, Mike Stutts, Coach/Trainer JP Hughes.
Front row, left to right: Oscar Osorio, Trevor Cannella, Tommy Hamel, Frank Iacovano, Nick Colardi, Nick Weinert, Mike Sannito, Alberto Abreu
By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
July 1, 2017-Levittown Nitro saved the best for last as they won the Boys-Under-18 Eastern New York Premier League (ENYPL) championship on June 18 at Division High School in Levittown. Their 5-2 title game win was over a rival Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) team, the Valley Stream Warriors, who made their second trip to the ENYPL finals in the past two years. 14 of the 15 Levittown players are seniors who graduated from high school last month.
“The boys are always supportive and encouraging of one another. They are a close-knit group and it's clear to see when you watch them on and off the field as they've been playing together for many years, some since Under-10,” said coach Jo Colardi. “This championship game was their last game together and they were determined to end their last season on a high note. It was a total team effort and the coaches and trainer couldn't be prouder.”
In the win, Frank Iacovano scored two goals with Tommy Hamel, Tommy Lang and Nick Weinert adding one a piece.
The ENYPL, organized by the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA), is America’s oldest continuous Premier League, having originally kicked off play in 2001.
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.