By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 19, 2022-The Coliseum Inferno have built a dynasty in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) as they have won four of the last five State Cups in their age group. On Sunday, June 5 at sunny Stringham Park in LaGrange, Coliseum defeated Stony Brook LGN Arsenal, 4-2, to win the Girls-Under-17 State Cup title.
Logan Cookinham scored two goals plus Auna Snow and Willa Pratt each added one for the team from Utica.
“Both teams played tough but physically, we were a little stronger. Stony Brook did a tremendous job,” Coliseum coach Charlie Pratt said. “We love playing in the State Cup!”
Coliseum Inferno 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.
Stony Brook did not go home to Long Island empty-handed as they received the Rocco Amoroso Sportsmanship Award as determined by the game officials. Amoroso, a US Soccer Life Member who died five years ago, 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 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/