By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 19, 2014-Tenacity and very important contributions by two girls named Megan were the difference as the Valley Stream Vipers defeated the South Huntington Strikers, 1-0, in a battle between two Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) teams. The final for the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association’s (ENYYSA) Girls-Under-15 Arch Capital Group Cup championship was played on June 7 at the Peter Collins Soccer Park in Plainview, Long Island.
Valley Stream’s Megan Harvey scored the only goal of the game and keeper Megan Adams had the shutout.
“Tenacity was the difference in the final as we teach the players that their fate is in their hands,” said Valley Stream coach Deidre Harvey. “It is not merely about one team verses another. When we play our game, we will prevail: take charge, go to the ball, win it and stay calm in the box.”
“Of course, we are always a work in progress, yet these key concepts have gotten us this far,” Coach Harvey added.
South Huntington received the Howard Rubenstein Sportsmanship Award as selected by game officials. Now retired and 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.
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.