By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 8, 2022-B/W Gottschee Pre-Academy Blue defeated East Coast Boca Juniors, 5-2, to win the Boys-Under-12 State Open Cup championship on June 4 at Stringham Park in LaGrange. B/W Gottschee took the inaugural Luis Montoya Cup home to New York City.
Montoya founded the Big Apple Youth Soccer League in 1997 to serve the growing number of soccer families who recently arrived in New York City. He had two tours of duty as Trustee of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) serving two Presidents, Barry Salter and Richard Christiano, before his passing last summer.
Anthony Puk scored three goals and Ray Elezi and Arman Kolenovic added one apiece to pace B/W Gottschee.
Coach Alex Fatovic stated, “Our team is fantastic and our players are resilient. After going down a goal on a penalty kick, we scored right away. I really love these kids.”
B/W Gottschee will represent Eastern New York at the East Regionals from June 24 to 30 in Charleston and Barboursville, West Virginia as part of the National Championship Series.
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 onto http://www.enysoccer.com/