Dix Hills is Truly Elite as They Win Their Third State Open Cup Championship
New York Youth Soccer News: The Dix Hills Elite did not give up a goal and outscored their opponents, 15-0, in the five games they played to win the Boys-Under-17 State Open Cup. This is Dix Hills’ third State Open Cup title and they were 2013 national finalists. The Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) team defeated Yonkers United Celtic of the Westchester Youth Soccer District (WYSD), 1-0, in the championship game played on a rainy day on May 31 in LaGrange.
“It was a typical final with two teams with very set ways of playing,” commented Dix Hills coach Phil Murray. “The weather was difficult, the play was physical and we did a very good job of containing a very good team.”
Spencer Manus scored on a penalty kick late in the second half for the only goal of the game after a Dix Hills attacker was held on a corner kick.
The two-time State Open Cup champs received a $2,000 check from the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) to defray their costs during the Regionals from June 26 to 30 in Barboursville, West Virginia.
As Boys-Under-16 State Open Cup champs, Dix Hills brought the new Jose Vargas Cup back to Long Island. The award’s namesake was an Eastern New York Hall of Famer who was an enthusiastic ref for decades and served as State Referee Administrator, State Youth Referee Administrator and State Director of Assessment, three of the top referee positions in Eastern New York. But his soccer expertise was not confined to refereeing as he volunteered as President of the East Hudson Youth Soccer League as well as President of the East Fishkill Soccer Club.
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 Special Children. 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.