By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 11, 2013-The Plainedge Pumas won the Arch Capital Group Cup in 2012 and added to their trophy case by winning the ENY Upper 90 Cup this year, defeating the Sound Beach Spirit, 4-2, for the Girls-Under-14 title. The game between two Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) teams was played on June 1 at Stringham Park in LaGrange.
"It was an exciting, competitive game. We had the better of play in the second half and that made the difference" said Plainedge coach Jean Matthews.
Jessica Bernstein scored two goals plus Alexis Aschettino and Franceca Picicci each added one to give Plainedge the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) championship.
Sound Beach received the Howard Rubenstein Sportsmanship Award as selected by the game 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.