By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 13, 2013-The Manhattan Pride of the Westchester Youth Soccer League (WYSL) blanked Quickstrike ‘94 Girls of the Hudson Valley Youth Soccer League (HVYSL), 1-0, to capture the Girls-Under-19 State Open Cup at the Peter Collins Soccer Park in Plainview, Long Island on June 8. Manhattan’s Jenn Peters scored on a deflection in the second half for the only goal of the game.
Manhattan keeper Kalijah Terilli, an Olympic Development Program player who is a member of the US Under-19 National Team pool, earned the shutout in goal.
"I thought that we had the better run of play and had multiple opportunities to score," said Manhattan coach Jay Myers. "But Quickstrike’s history and prowess is enough to make you nervous, though."
Manhattan also received the Howard Rubenstein Sportsmanship Award. Now living in Ohio, the remarkable 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.
Manhattan and Quickstrike will both represent the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) at the Regionals from June 28 to July 2 at the University of Rhode Island. Manhattan is going to Rhode Island as our champions while Quickstrike has qualified as the wildcard. Eastern New York is donating $2,000 to both teams and paying all expense fees for the Regionals.
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.