By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 10, 2013-Mother Nature made a significant difference in the Boys-Under-16 ENY Upper 90 Cup final when a swarm of bees at Stringham Park in LaGrange caused the game to be switched to a more narrow field that was adjacent.
"We changed our game plan from ball possession to quick counterattacks because of the change to a smaller field," said Manhattan Espoli coach Colin Hutzler.
The tactics worked as Manhattan of the Westchester Youth Soccer League (WYSL) defeated Istria/Met Oval of the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League (CJSL), 2-1, with Didi Diallo scoring both Manhattan goals.
"We were weathering the storm as Istria/Met Oval had the better of play," Coach Hutzler added. "Our keeper, Conor McStay, came up huge."
This is Conor’s first season in goal. This Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) championship game was played on June 2.
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.