By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 13, 2018-The Girls-Under-18 State Open Cup final was an intriguing game between two teams over 300 miles apart. The Long Island Junior Soccer League’s HBC Impact, from Huntington, Long Island, shut out the Plattsburgh Lakers of the Capital District Youth Soccer League (CDYSL), 4-0. The game was played on June 3 at Stringham Park in LaGrange.
“Our last State Cup, I’m extremely proud of our girls and I don’t think anybody would have believed we could reach the level we are at,” said an emotional Billy Carroll. “We are proud of ending it the right way and Plattsburgh gave us a very good game.”
Isabella Glennon scored a three-goal hat trick and Julianna Kissane added a goal. Keepers Morgan Novikoff and Amanda Sternberg shared the shutout.
HBC will represent the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) at the Regionals from June 29 to July 3 in Spotsylvania, Virginia as part of the National Championship Series.
Plattsburgh received the Rocco Amoroso Sportsmanship Award as determined by the game officials. Amoroso, a US Soccer Life Member who died in 2016, started the LIJSL Sportsmanship Program in 1980 and it spread to Eastern New York, nationally and then to China and Ireland, and in the process, made soccer games kinder and gentler.
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.