By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 9, 2015-Let freedom reign throughout the land just as the Brentwood Freedom reign as State Open Cup champions for the third consecutive year. Brentwood defeated another Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) team, the Lake Grove/Newfield Tsunami, with a 5-0 victory in the Girls-Under-16 State Open Cup final played on May 31 in LaGrange.
Sarah Harrington scored a hat trick plus Rachel Florenz and Megan Murdocco each added a goal.
“It was an even first half but Sarah Harrington really stepped up and scored three goals to help us win,” commented Brentwood coach Chris Roche. “We’ll be training four times a week now until the Regionals. We are using our failure of last year of not winning the Regionals to motivate us.”
Brentwood received a $2,000 check from the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) to defray their costs during the Regionals from June 26 to 30 in Barboursville, West Virginia.
As Girls-Under-16 State Open Cup champs, Brentwood won the new Peter Masotto Cup. The award’s namesake has been inducted into the Halls of Fame of the LIJSL, Eastern New York and Region 1 as well as being honored as a Life Member by U.S. Soccer. Peter volunteered as President of ENYYSA for 23 years from 1984 to 2006. He coached the Massapequa Falcons girls team to the 1988 national championship plus coached 18 teams to State Open Cup titles and is the only person honored twice by US Youth Soccer as the National Coach of the Year.
Lake Grove/Newfield did not leave LaGrange without an award as they received the Howard Rubinstein Sportsmanship Award for the Fair Play they displayed during the final.
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.