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Firecats Beat Huntington In Thrilling Finish

The New Hyde Park Firecats defeated Huntington’s HBC Sudden Impact in a shootout in the Girls-Under-13 State Open Cup final recently. After tying 1-1 in regulation, New Hyde Park advanced from the shootout, 3-1. 


New Hyde Park’s Izzy Glennon beat three defenders and chipped the HBC keeper to equalize after HBC’s Ryan Conway scored in the first half. 


“HBC dominated the first half with having the strong wind at their backs,” commented New Hyde Park coach Steve Price. “But we had the better of play in the second half with the wind.”


These two great teams are roughly equal in ability as New Hyde Park defeated HBC in the final last year, 4-2, but needed overtime to do it.


New Hyde Park received a $2,000 check from Eastern New York to defer the costs of playing in the upcoming regionals in Kingston, R.I. The new Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association champions also received the Howard Rubenstein Sportsmanship Award.


Now retired, Rubenstein was seemingly involved in every facet of New York soccer for decades and is a member of the Halls of Fame of Eastern New York, the US Amateur Soccer Association and the LIJSL.