By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 13, 2016-Manhattan Cruzeiro, who have played together since age 9, won the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) Boys-Under-18 State Open Cup title with a 3-0 shutout of the Massapequa Raptors. The title game between Manhattan, representing the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League (CJSL), and Massapequa, from the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL), was played on June 5 at Stringham Park in LaGrange.
It was Manhattan Cruzeiro’s third State Open Cup title in five years.
Quentin van der Lee, Mamadou Ndiaye and Ousmane Barry scored the goals while the defense of Sam Barovick, Jeffrey Gad and Justin Miller plus keeper Theo Jacobs shut down Massapequa.
“Our talent made the difference in this game and we put it all together with talent and hard work to win our third State Open Cup,” explained Manhattan coach Wilson Egidio.
Manhattan also added the Howard Rubenstein Sportsmanship Award, as determined by the game officials, to their growing trophy case.
They will be representing Eastern New York in the Regional championship from June 30 to July 5 in Barboursville, West Virginia and Eastern New York will help pay for their costs.
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 on to http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.