By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 7, 2016-The Clifton Park Cobras of the Capital District Youth Soccer League (CDYSL) defeated Gjoa Flo of the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League (CJSL), 3-1, to take the Boys-Under-12 Small-Sided final. This Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) championship game was played 8 vs. 8 on June 4 at Stringham Park in LaGrange.
It was the Clifton Park club’s first State Cup final appearance since 2009. Wygie Aguda scored two goals and Sean Yuan added one for the new State champs.
“We took control of the game early,” explained Clifton Park coach Cassidy Jones. “It was very difficult for Gjoa to defend against all the players we had attacking, coming at their defense.”
Clifton Park also received the Howard Rubenstein Sportsmanship Award as determined by the game officials. Now living in Kentucky, Mr. Rubenstein was seemingly involved in every facet of New York soccer for decades and is a member of the Halls of Fame of Eastern NewYork, the US Amateur Soccer Association and the Long Island Junior Soccer League.
Eastern New York will help pay for Clifton Park’s costs when they play in the Regionals from June 30 to July 5 in Barboursville, West Virginia.
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.