By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 23, 2016-Two penalty kick goals from Dustin Brown propelled Smithtown Roma to the Boys-Under-16 Eastern New York Premier League (ENYPL) title as they defeated the Valley Stream Warriors, 2-1. This Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) championship game between two undefeated Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) teams was played on Saturday, June 18 at the Peter Collins Soccer Park in Plainview.
Valley Stream, whose goal was scored by Jean-Gardy Derineau, had a penalty kick of its own but a phenomenal save by Smithtown keeper Ethan Donovan kept the ball out of the net.
“The difference in the game was our defense as we won the 50-50 balls. Our forwards did a very good job pressing against a very talented Valley Stream team,” explained Smithtown coach Mike LaCarrubba.
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 teenagersbetween 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 turnedaway. 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.