By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 7, 2013-In a final game between two Hudson Valley Youth Soccer League (HVYSL) teams, OMM/World Class ’99 Patino defeated Quickstrike FC ‘00s, 3-1, in the Girls-Under-13 State Open Cup final to bring the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) championship back to Rockland County for the second consecutive year. The final was played on June 1 at Stringham Park in LaGrange.
Amanda Mustafaraj, Isabella Patino and Rebecca Van Siclen scored the goals for the two-time champions.
"We’re getting all the players back healthy and we played our style, which is to possess the ball and have fun, and I thought that was the difference in the game," said OMM/World Class coach Alex Patino.
OMM/World Class will play at the Regionals from June 28 to July 2 at the University of Rhode Island. Eastern New York is donating $2,000 to the team and paying all expense fees for the Regionals.
Quickstrike received the Howard Rubenstein Sportsmanship Award as selected by the game officials. Now living in Ohio, 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.