It took overtime but the Rosedale All-Stars defeated Hicksville Elite, 4-2, to win the Boys-Under-19 Eastern New York Premier League (ENYPL) championship. This Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) title match-up between two Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) teams took place on June 18 at the Peter Collins Soccer Park in Plainview, Long Island.
Chris McLoughlin scored a hat trick for Rosedale, while Kashane Ashmead added the other goal.
“We had many opportunities and finally put our chances away toward the end of regulation and in overtime,” said Rosedale Coach Patrick O’Connor. “The red card to their player at the end of the first half changed the game as we were having problems possessing the ball up to that point.”
The ENYPL, the Gateway to Regional Play, is the oldest continuous Premier League in the United States.
With over 100,000 youth soccer players–both boys and girls–and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit 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 five 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 to 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.