By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 14, 2016-Farmingdale United of the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) won seven State Open Cups and six in a row but that did not deter another LIJSL team, the Sound Beach Stingrays, from upsetting them, 2-1, in the 2015 Girls-Under-18 State Open Cup final. Which set up an enticing rematch last Saturday, June 11 at the Peter Collins Soccer Park in Plainview in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) Girls-Under-19 final for the Barbara Rodriguez Cup. Barbara is a Hall of Fame inductee of both the LIJSL and Eastern New York who volunteered as Chairperson of the State Cup for 23 years, from 1992 to 2014, and her daughter Judy Rodriguez was on hand to present the trophy to Farmingdale, 4-0 winners in the rematch.
Hope Breslin and Hope Quinonez each scored two goals to end any hope for Sound Beach in the final. Farmingdale keeper Katie Hatziyianis received the shutout in goal.
“Our team had a very good flow in this game and we certainly remembered that Sound Beach beat us last year,” explained Farmingdale coach Jaime Gonzalez. “We wanted to finish with a State Cup championship to win in our last year together, in Under-19, as we did in our first year together, as Under-10s.“
Farmingdale also added the Howard Rubenstein Sportsmanship Award, as determined by the game officials, to their overflowing trophy case. Now living in Kentucky, Mr. Rubenstein 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 LIJSL.
Farmingdale will again be representing Eastern New York in the Regional championship, from June 30 to July 5 in Barboursville, West Virginia, and Eastern New York will again help pay for their costs.
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.