By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
July 14, 2022-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased to report that B/W Gottschee won the Boys-Under-12 Eastern Regional championship in West Virginia. They won all five of their games at Regionals and outscored opponents by an amazing 25 to 3, netting an average of five goals per game. B/W Gottschee defeated Maryland’s Bethesda Academy, 4-1, in the Regional final on June 29.
They had defeated East Coast Boca Juniors, 5-2, in the State Cup final on June 4 and now the kids from Queens are champs of the entire Northeast United States.
Top row, left to right: Assistant Coach Brad Wolchansky, Colt Lucas, Max Sassower, Ethan Lukic, Armin Kolenovic, Rey Elezi, Zac Thompson, Logan Meurer, Michal Zamajtys, coach Alex Fatovic
Bottom row, left to right: Grant Chan, Ari Zazulin, Ryan So, Sebastian Wojtowicz, Anthony Puk, Mickey Nowakowski, Cian Daly
"It attribute all of our team's success to the players' unbelievable quality to show up to training three times per week all year long, ready and willing to learn, work hard and get better," stated each Alex Fatovic. "All spring, from February on, we focused every session on attacking in the opposition final third, getting in behind, taking shots, combining and being creative in the box. Obviously, it showed in all our events at the end of the season, winning the State Cup final 5-2 and proceeding to win four games in a row by four goals or more at Regionals.What an amazingly talented group of players and even better group of young people. They thoroughly deserved this!"
“Qualifying for Eastern Regionals was a team goal long before we won State Cup. Having that objective to focus on really helped us prepare,” assistant coach Brad Wolchansky explained. “By the time of the tournament, it was just a matter of execution and finishing the job. It was a team performance from top to bottom, every player contributed. I’m so proud of these boys and what they’ve achieved.”
With approximately 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 nine 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 on to http://www.enysoccer.com/