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Merrick/South Merrick Elite Bring the Girls-Under-10 Arch Cup Gold Home to the South Shore of Long Island


By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association

June 25, 2017-Merrick/South Merrick Elite of the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) defeated another LIJSL squad, Lake Grove/Newfield Magic, 3-1, to win the Girls-Under-10 Arch Cup Gold. This Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) championship game was played on Saturday, June 3 at Stringham Park in LaGrange.

Skylar Mondelli, Isabella Tristaino and Cameron Zubiria scored Merrick/South Merrick’s goals.

“The difference in the game was our defense,” explained Merrick/South Merrick coach Karloff Rosario. “We have a very experienced defense of goalkeeper Olivia Ruisi plus defenders Kiera Sheridan and Cameron Zubiria, which contained Lake Grove/Newfield.” 

Lake Grove/Newfield received the Rocco Amoroso Sportsmanship Award as determined by the game officials. The namesake of the award, who died last year, was inducted into the Halls of Fame of the LIJSL and Eastern New York plus was honored as a Life Member by U.S. Soccer. Amoroso started the LIJSL Sportsmanship Program in 1980, it has since been copied around the world and he spoke about the benefits of Fair Play across the United States.

Eastern New York would like to thank our sponsor, Arch Capital Group, which writes insurance and reinsurance on a worldwide basis through operations in the United States, Bermuda, Canada and Europe, with a focus on specialty lines. Thank you, Arch Capital Group, in providing the funds to help our players keep on dreaming!

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, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.