Written by Gregory Giaconelli, Farmingdale@AntonNews.com Friday, 16 August 2013 00:00
They may be young, but these guys got something to prove. The Boys U-15 Dix Hills Elite of the Long Island Junior Soccer League placed second in the National Championship at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship Tournament on July 27 in Overland Park, Kansas.
The boys, led by captain and center back Joseph DeStefano and mid-fielder Michael Sclafani, finished second in the U.S. Youth Soccer National League and qualified to the championship as one of the top two teams in their division. Heading into this tournament, the boys had the task of competing in three must win games within their group in a span of six days. They went undefeated and set their eyes on the ultimate prize.
“You had to play your game in every game,” said Sclafani of Farmingdale, who scored the game winner in the semi-final match. The main reason for getting this far was the team chemistry and experience these kids bring together on the field. “We’ve been together for so long; we stick together like brothers,” said added.
Despite coming up short to Santa Barbara SC White from California in the championship round, DeStefano is grateful to compete in the tournament that showcased the best of the best nationwide. “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for us,” said DeStefano. “We all worked hard and never had the chance to play against teams across the country.”
This group had traveled a lot and played in other tournaments in North Carolina and Las Vegas prior to clinching a spot in the National Championship, but the heart of this team comes from hard work and training. They have been training for four to five weeks prior to Kansas to get in shape and they worked on building up their running. “The boy’s hard work is what got them this far,” said Coach Dominic Casciato. “It was a great experience for the kids playing against some of the best teams in the country; it was something to be proud of.”
The Dix Hills Elite had plenty to be proud of as they are one of two New York teams from the Long Island Junior Soccer League along with the Smithtown Arsenal Under 16 Boys to advance to the national championship game for the first time in 13 years. As long as these kids continue to play together, work hard and have fun together, they will be a fun team to watch next year and beyond.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 00:00
Farmingdale School District officials are alerting parents to review safety concerns with their children, after last week, when a high school student reported that an unidentified male was following her while she walked home from school.
The individual, who had followed the student down Lincoln Street, also attempted to have a dialogue with the student, who entered her home safely and without incident.
The following day, both the parent and the student reported the incident to school administrators. In response, Farmingdale High School Principal Glen Zakian sent a letter to parents in the district, alerting them to the incident.
Saturday, 30 November 2013 00:00
Over the weekend, people filled the streets of downtown Farmingdale, to bring in the merriest of holiday’s in fashion... with the annual holiday parade, presented by the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce.
“Saturday was very well attended and the parade ended up competing with the FHS Championship game,” said Chamber President Beth Mignone. “The Chamber received a lot of emails asking to have the time of the parade changed because they wanted to be at both events... which shows you how close the town really is, and how involved our residents are.”
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
The Farmingdale Dalers, ranked first in the division (11-0), came out to defend their title as Nassau County champions against the no. 3 seed, the Massapequa Chiefs (8-3), who attempted to take it away. The Chiefs, after losing to the Dalers 33-8 in week 4, would of liked nothing better then to defeat the Dalers in front of 4,000 people at Hofstra and grab the title. The rivalry was all the talk this week and the Nassau County Police had extra Officers all around the stadium at Hofstra.
Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00
The Giants faced off against the Jets in the girl’s grades 9 – 12 Super Bowl last Sunday. The two teams were evenly matched, having split the two regular season games. But it turned out to be the Giants’ night, winning by a score of 18-7. The Giants played short-handed all season, with a roster of only five; and all five girls contributed greatly to this victory. The Giants took the opening drive and scored a touchdown on a short pass to Kat ‘Safety Dance’ Krieg who made a good move to get free and run it in from 25 yards out. It looked like the Jets were going to tie it when the fleet-footed Myasa Evans broke free on an end run but Jessica ‘Steady’ Scire came all the way across the field and made a touchdown saving flag. A few plays later Hailey ‘I’m retiring’ Lospitalier intercepted in the end zone to thwart the Jets’ scoring chance. The Giants capitalized when they drove the full field and scored a second touchdown on a short pass to Krieg. The Giants expanded their lead in the second half to 18-0 on another short pass to Lospitalier. This followed a beautiful bomb pass from QB Theresa ‘Air’ DeSantis to Krieg who was run down just short of the goal. The defense played outstanding, especially Hanna ‘Wild Girl’ Berge who made several diving, touchdown saving, flags. DeSantis was on target all night long, finishing with three touchdown passes and many completions which helped control the ball and the clock. A well-deserved win by the girls against an outstanding team.