By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 2, 2015-Coliseum Milan became the second team from the Central New York State Soccer League (CNYSSL) in the history of the State Open Cup to win it when they upended Brooklyn Patriots Aguilas of the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League (CJSL), 5-1, on May 30 at Stringham Park in LaGrange. The match was for the Boys-Under-12 Small-Sided State Open Cup championship in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) and was played 8 vs. 8.
Coliseum follows in the footsteps of Coliseum Generals, who also won the Boys-Under-12 Small-Sided State Open Cup, in 2013.
Alex Chiffy scored two goals for Coliseum Milan while Max Pawlowski, Edward Rayhill and Noah Scranton each added one. Keeper Connor Broadbent came up big in goal by saving a couple of Brooklyn breakaways.
Coliseum coach Carmen Marsala stated, “The boys came out to play and put their best game together.”
Coliseum received a $2,000 check from Eastern New York to defray their costs during the National Championship Series. They will be playing in the Regionals from June 26 to 30 in Barboursville, West Virginia.
Brooklyn was awarded the Howard Rubenstein Sportsmanship Award for the fair play they demonstrated on the field. Now retired, 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 Long Island Junior Soccer League.
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 Special Children. 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/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.