By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 13, 2013-In the balmy weather at Stringham Park in LaGrange on June 1, New York Elite FC of the Capital District Youth Soccer League (CDYSL) defeated the West Islip Blizzard of the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL), to win the Boys-Under-10 ENY Upper 90 Cup.
Colin Bullock and Grant Baker scored the goals for New York Elite FC to give the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) title to the team from Albany.
"I thought that it was an even game," commented New York Elite head coach Scott Szeli. "But I thought that our possession made the difference. West Islip is a great team!"
West Islip received the Howard Rubenstein Sportsmanship Award as selected by the match referees. Now living in Ohio, the remarkable namesake of this award 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.