By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 10, 2013-Last year, the Auburndale/Bayside Tigers defeated the Manhasset Rebels, 2-1, in the Arch Capital Group Cup final. Manhasset returned the favor this year in the ENY Upper 90 Cup final on June 2 at Stringham Park in LaGrange by defeating Auburndale/Bayside by the same 2-1 score.
The coaches of the friendly rivals, miles apart in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL), considered during the post-game celebration of having the rubber match next year. Maybe in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cup final?
In this year’s championship game, Caitlyn McNamara and Samantha McCormack scored Manhasset’s goals while Rebels’ keeper Daniella Ford was named Player of the Match.
"I think that we were just the more consistent of the two teams today," said Manhasset coach Mark Ferraris.
Auburndale/Bayside received the Howard Rubenstein Sportsmanship Award as selected by the match referees. Now retired, Mr. Rubenstein 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.
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.