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Cedar Stars Bring the Boys-Under-12 State Open Cup Title Back to Brooklyn


By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association

June 8, 2017-Cedar Stars Brooklyn dominated the Boys-Under-12 State Open Cup championship game played at Stringham Park in LaGrange on Sunday, June 4. The Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League (CJSL) team upended Stony Brook Red Star of the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL), 7-0, to win the state championship.

Cedar Stars will represent the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) at the Regionals from June 30 to July 4 in Spotsylvania, Virginia.

Roberth Padillapuma scored a three-goal hat trick for Cedar Stars while Angel Campos added two goals plus Adam Ahmed and Enoch Rivera each scored a goal. Cedar Stars goalkeeper Stephen Sanchez had the shutout.

“I think our overall speed of play led us to victory,” commented Cedar Stars coach Thomas McNiff.

Stony Brook did not leave the Hudson Valley empty-handed, however, as they received the Rocco Amoroso Sportsmanship Award as determined by the game officials. Amoroso, a US Soccer Life Member who died last year, started the Sportsmanship Program of the LIJSL 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, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.