By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 30, 2017-The Boys-Under-13 Arch Cup Platinum Final on June 10 at Stringham Park in LaGrange could have been dubbed “How the West Was Won” as the West Islip Alliance shut out the West Hempstead Titans, 1-0, in a game between two Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) teams. This is West Islip’s second Arch Cup championship in the past three years.
In the second half, West Islip’s Carlos Lopez struck a 40-yard free kick which hit the crossbar and Drew McGoldbrick scored off the rebound. West Islip’s Matt McGoldbrick and Ryan Novara shared the shutout in goal.
“It was a pretty even game. I thought that it would wind up a tie and we would go to penalty kicks but we got it done,” said West Islip coach Rick de Vries.
West Hempstead had defeated West Islip twice before until West Islip finally got the better of them in the title game.
West Hempstead received the Rocco Amoroso Sportsmanship Award as determined by the game officials. The namesake of the award, who died last year, was inducted into the Halls of Fame of the LIJSL and Eastern New York plus was honored as a Life Member by U.S. Soccer. Amoroso 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.
The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) 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.