By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 9, 2016-Huntington’s HBC Impact of the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) became the State Open Cup champs for the second consecutive year with their 7-0 win over Syracuse Development Academy East of the Mid State New York Soccer League. The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) Girls-Under-15 championship game was played on June 5 at Stringham Park in LaGrange.
As Girls-Under-15 champs, HBC brings the Jack Bauman Cup back to Huntington. The namesake of the cup is considered the father of women’s soccer on Long Island. Jack was devoted to the Massapequa Soccer Club, Eastern New York and making sure that girls had as many opportunities to play soccer as boys did.
This was the fourth State Open Cup final that HBC played in, winning two and losing two.
“Winning the State Open Cup was a full team effort,” commented HBC coach Bill J. Carroll. “All 18 players on our team played at least half a game.”
Talani Barnett had a three-goal hat trick, Julia Hannon scored two goals while Lauren Mastandrea and Nicole Scudero each added one goal. Morgan Novikoff had the shutout in goal.
HBC will be attempting to win their second consecutive Regional championship when they play from June 30 to July 5 in Barboursville, West Virginia and Eastern New York will help pay for their costs.
Syracuse Development Academy received the Howard Rubenstein Sportsmanship Award as determined by the game officials. Mr. Rubenstein was President of ENYYSA from 1980 to 1984.
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.