By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 8, 2019-In a rematch of last year’s final, Lake Grove/Newfield United won their second consecutive State Open Cup by topping Alleycats 2004G in a shootout. The score was 1-1 after both regulation and overtime with Lake Grove/Newfield taking the shootout, 3-2. The game was played on June 2 at Stringham Park in LaGrange.
Sophia Onek scored Lake Grove/Newfield’s goal, just as she did in last year’s final. Lake Grove/Newfield players Michaela Baresi, Madison O’Connor and Jordyn Calas netted shootout goals while keeper Julia Darby was the big star in saving three penalty kicks during the shootout.
The Girls-Under-15 Jack Bauman Cup is named after the man 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.
One of the earlier beneficiaries of Jack Bauman’s volunteering was Kim Baverstock, who grew up playing in the Long Island Junior Soccer League
(LIJSL), then played at the University of Connecticut and is now the coach of Lake Grove/Newfield United. Kim stated, “It was an evenly-match championship game. Our defense is very, very strong and I thought our midfield was outstanding.”
Lake Grove/Newfield will represent the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
(ENYYSA) at the Regionals from June 28 to July 4 in Charleston, West Virginia as part of the National Championship Series.
USA teammates Crystal Dunn and Allie Long plus Jamaica goalkeeper Nicole McClure, training for the Women's World Cup, all played on youth teams that won Eastern New York’s State Open Cup when they were kids.
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.