State Cup Defending Champ Massapequa Fury Add the ENYPL Title to Their Growing Trophy Case
New York Youth Soccer News: Massapequa is proving the saying that “Defense Wins Championships.”
While the trophy case at Massapequa Fury may not equal that of FC Barcelona at Camp Nou Museum in Barcelona, Spain (pictured above) which attracts 1.2 million visitors a year, it is nevertheless as dear to those players whose sweat and talent earned the shiny hardware.
The Massapequa Fury won the Girls-Under-14 State Open Cup championship last June and they have followed that up by taking the Girls-Under-15 Eastern New York Premier League (ENYPL) title this spring. They only conceded three goals en route to a 4-0-2 record in the ENYPL and have not given up a goal yet in the State Cup, where they have advanced to the semifinals.
“I am very proud of the squad and how hard they have worked to become very good defensively,” commented coach Paul Bigilin. ”Individually, they commit to 1v1 defending, and as a unit within our system of play, our team defense continues to get better.”
Massapequa, out of the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL), also recently won the Eastern Development Program (EDP) Fall Classic Top Division Championship and was runner-up in the EDP Winter Classic.
The Eastern New York Premier League (ENYPL) is the oldest continuous Premier League in the United States and is playing in its 18th year in 2018. Under the direction of ENYPL Chairperson Andreas Touros, teams from eight member leagues from all over the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) formed the ENYPL for the 2018 Spring Season. The ENYPL uses the slogan of the Gateway to Regional Play and Massapequa will soon be playing in North Atlantic EDP.
“The girls are very happy to have received acceptance into the US Youth Soccer National League North Atlantic EDP Conference in the new program for high-level competitive leagues beginning in 2018-19,”added Coach Bigilin.
Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association: 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) reaches 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.