By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 16, 2022-Massapequa Boltz topped New York Premier, 2-1, to win the Livio D’Arpino Cup as Boys-Under-16 State Cup champs. The game was played under sunny skies on June 5 at Stringham Park in LaGrange.
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.
Brian Lizama scored the first goal and Chris Tuohy added the winner on a penalty kick.
“New York Premier has the best team around and they dominated possession but we counterattacked very well,” commented Massapequa coach Shaun Foster. “I also think playing in the Long Island Futsal League last winter was a good diversion that helped us this spring.
Massapequa 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.
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/