By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 18, 2014-In a game between two Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) teams, the Roosevelt Rough Riders spoke softly but carried a big kick as they shut out the Smithtown Hawks, 2-0. The Boys-Under-12 Arch Capital Group Cup final in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) was played on June 7 at the Peter Collins Soccer Park in Plainview.
“We had a few opportunities and we converted them,” said Roosevelt coach Philip Rigaud. “Smithtown passed the ball better than us but they lacked the final touch.”
Henry Pereira and Wilfredo Perez scored the goals for Roosevelt and goalkeeper Anthony Medina registered the shutout. Roosevelt also received the Howard Rubenstein Sportsmanship Award as selected by game officials.
Eastern New York would like to thank our 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.
“This cup competition is a great event in that it gives young people an opportunity to experience high levels of competition. And you don’t have to be the best team in the state to win a championship with the Arch Capital Group Cup,” said Brian Hughes, Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary of Arch Capital.
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.