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32 Teens Receive Long Island Junior Soccer League Scholarships

Back row, from left to right: John Tiberia, Caroline Kehoe, Antonino Ruopoli, Nicholas Solar, Colin Richards, Jordan Cohen, Matthew Vlacich, Joseph Pitta, Matthew Wright, Reza Aziz
Middle row, from left to right: Sheyla Lopez, Paul Keraga, Isabel Rodriguez, Jessica Lee, Jamie Eck, Miranda Saenz de Viteri, Brooke Esposito, Emily Finck, Hailey Hearney, Isabella Annunziata, Caroline Brucato, Madison Nocerino
Front row, left to right: Brianna Torres, Sierra Crowley, Faythe Fifield, Megan Burke, Amanda Kolberg, Hailey Vitale
Camera shy: Matthew Meagher, Emily Neri, Emma Rochetta, Nigel Williams
By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association

August 6, 2021-The Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) is the league with the largest college scholarship program in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA). 32 scholarship recipients, selected based on academic and athletic excellence plus community service, were honored by the league at the LIJSL Scholarship Breakfast on Sunday, August 1 at the Huntington Hilton. These well-rounded teenagers exemplify the mission of the league and its slogan of “Building Character Through Soccer.”
The LIJSL Scholarship Breakfast has been held at the Huntington Hilton for the past decade except for last year when a more informal socially-distanced celebration took place at the league office in Ronkonkoma. With the return to the hotel, the ceremony followed all current New York State guidelines.
“This is the first large scale event that the LIJSL has held since December 2019,” explained LIJSL Managing Director Steve Padaetz.
New this year is the Tania Bonilla Memorial Scholarship, named after the very talented young woman who grew up playing for Brentwood in the LIJSL. Her ball control skills were exemplary and she played on a boys team that was dubbed “Tania’s team.”
LIJSL Scholarship Chairperson Lynn Scarpati addressed the scholarship recipients when she stated, “This is a very sweet, sweet ending to all your hard work. It’s just an honor to be here today.”
Three of the recipients could not make it because of college commitments. Congratulations to all the LIJSL Scholarship recipients:

• Sierra Crowley attending Northeastern University, Jerry and Sally Marinan Memorial Scholarship
• Antonino Ruopoli attending St. Joseph’s College, Brittney Walsh Memorial Scholarship
• Hailey Vitale attending Pace University, Brittney Walsh Memorial Scholarship
• Nicholas Solar attending Binghamton University, Rocco Amoroso Sportsmanship Award Scholarship
• Matthew Wright attending Boston College, Sean Urda Memorial Scholarship
• Colin Richards attending Fairfield University, Peter C. Collins Presidential Scholarship
• Isabel Rodriguez attending Vassar College, Addie Mattei-Iaia Presidential Scholarship
• Faythe Fifield attending Springfield College, Pat Grecco Scholarship
• Emily Finck attending the University of Scranton, Frank and Michael Vertullo Foundation Scholarship
• Emily Neri attending SUNY Geneseo, Frank and Michael Vertullo Foundation Scholarship
• Madison Nocerino attending the University of Delaware, Tania Bonilla Memorial Scholarship
• Joseph Pitta attending Northeastern University, LIJSL Merit Scholarship
• Emma Rochetta attending Clemson University, LIJSL Merit Scholarship
• Brooke Esposito attending Manhattanville College, Bobbie and David Marks Memorial Scholarship
• Amanda Kolberg attending the University of Georgia, Bobbie and David Marks Memorial Scholarship
• Nigel Williams attending Cornell University, Bobbie and David Marks Memorial Scholarship
• Jessica Lee attending Catholic University, Eileen Frazita Memorial Scholarship
• Isabella Annunziata attending the University of Rhode Island, Joseph Lombardo Memorial Scholarship
• Caroline Brucato attending Mount Saint Mary College, Michael Scarpati Memorial Scholarship
• Matthew Meagher attending Wilkes University, Matthew Scarpati Memorial Scholarship
• Jordan Cohen attending Salve Regina University, Miles For Matt Foundation Scholarship
• Jamie Eck attending Utica College, Miles For Matt Foundation Scholarship
• Hailey Hearney attending Drew University, Miles For Matt Foundation Scholarship
• John Tiberia attending SUNY Maritime, Miles For Matt Foundation Scholarship
• Brianna Torres attending the University of Massachusetts, Carolyn Page Memorial Scholarship
• Reza Aziz attending CUNY School of Medicine, Sandra Atlas Bass Scholarship
• Miranda Saenz de Viteri attending Fordham University, Frank Gorman Memorial Scholarship
• Matthew Vlacich attending Clemson University, John Pinezich Memorial Scholarship
• Paul Keraga attending Stony Brook University, Michael Secko Memorial Scholarship
• Megan Burke attending Northeastern University, George Hoffman TOPSoccer Volunteer Scholarship
• Sheyla Lopez attending Columbia University, George Hoffman TOPSoccer Volunteer Scholarship
• Caroline Kehoe attending the University of Virginia, LIJSL TOPSoccer Volunteer Scholarship
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