Thursday, 29 May 2014 00:00
There looks to be no stopping the Farmingdale United Girls-Under-17 team, who have won the past four state Open Cups against different opponents in the championships.
The Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) team will be playing on June 1, in a final against the Alleycats Elite Wildcats of the Capital District Youth Soccer League (CDYSL) at Stringham Park in LaGrange. But the Alleycats are no pushovers as they recently finished fifth in the
Northeast Region Premier League (NERP).
In the Region 1 Premier League, Farmingdale again represented the LIJSL and Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) well, finishing with a perfect 9-0-0 record and outscoring opponents 26-2 to win the championship and qualify for the U.S. Youth National League for 2014-15. Smithtown Arsenal Boys-Under-16, the defending national champions, were the other Eastern New York and LIJSL team to win the championship of the Region 1 Premier League.
“Having a team-first attitude and the willingness to put in the hard work day in and day out has been the key to our success. The players have always wanted to work and achieve,” said Farmingdale United coach Jaime Gonzalez. “As a coach, it is such a great feeling to know that your players come into every practice and every game wanting to compete.”
Farmingdale has played 35 games in 2014 and lost just two, to Eclipse Select Elite of Illinois and Southern California’s Carlsbad United Elite. 12 Farmingdale players have committed to Division 1 colleges and three to Division 2 programs. This spring, Taylor Sipos is Farmingdale’s leading scorer with 19 goals while keeper Lauren Hill has 10 shutouts.
—Submitted by Randy Vogt