By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 9, 2019-Lake Grove/Newfield Dynamite got the better of SUSA B03 by the score of 1-0 to win the Livio D’Arpino Cup as Boys-Under-16 State Open Cup champions in a battle between two teams from Long Island. David Cadet scored the game’s only goal while Lake Grove/Newfield keeper Colin Raupp recorded the shutout in net on June 2 at Stringham Park in LaGrange.
Lake Grove/Newfield coach Tim Graham said, “SUSA is a very talented team but I thought we had the edge.”
The cup’s namesake, Livio D’Arpino, was an Eastern New York Hall of Famer who was seemingly involved in every level of local soccer before his untimely passing in 2002. He was the third vice president of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
(ENYYSA) and the first vice president of the Eastern New York Adult Soccer Association. Livio also was President of the Italian-American Soccer League, of which he was voted a Life Member.
Lake Grove/Newfield also received the Rocco Amoroso Sportsmanship Award as determined by the game officials. The namesake of the award, who died in 2016, was inducted into the Halls of Fame of the Long Island Junior Soccer League
(LIJSL) and Eastern New York plus was honored as a Life Member by U.S. Soccer.
Lake Grove/Newfield will represent Eastern New York at the Regionals from June 28 to July 4 in Charleston, West Virginia as part of the National Championship Series.
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.