By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 21, 2018-A two-goal brace by Emma Kelly provided the scoring the Plainedge Strikers would need as they defeated another Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) team, the Bellmore Blue Angels, 2-1, in winning the Girls-Under-14 Arch Cup Platinum. Bellmore were the defending champs and have a long history in the Arch Cup, appearing in the last four finals while winning twice.
This Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) championship game was played under sunny skies on June 9 at the Peter Collins Soccer Park in Plainview.
“We won partly because of the great play of our goalkeeper Victoria Millines and sweeper Danny Gulino, who were both outstanding,” remarked Plainedge coach John Reis.
Bellmore received the Rocco Amoroso Sportsmanship Award as determined by the game officials. The namesake of the award, who died in 2016, started the LIJSL Sportsmanship Program in 1980, it has since been copied around the world and he spoke about the benefits of Fair Play across the United States.
Eastern New York would like to thank our title sponsor, Arch Capital Group, which writes insurance and reinsurance on a worldwide basis through operations in the United States, Bermuda, Canada and Europe, with a focus on specialty lines.
With over 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and 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 11 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA 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 Children With Special Needs. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log onto http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.