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Rough Riders Rally In Soccer Victory

A first-half flick near the net by Will Rezin led to the only goal of the game to lead the Massapequa Rough Riders to a 1-0 win over Valley Stream Forest in the Boys-Under-19 State Open Cup at the Peter Collins Soccer Park in Plainview on June 8. The other dramatic play in the game between the two Long Island Junior Soccer League teams occurred in the second half when Massapequa keeper Vincent Pellegrino saved a penalty kick.

“There was no quit in Forest as they really stepped up their play and had us under pressure in the second half. But I thought our speed of play overwhelmed them at times,” said Massapequa coach Eric Smith, described by Massapequa technical director and longtime Hofstra men’s coach Richard Nuttall as “one of the best young coaches in the United States.”

Massapequa also received the Howard Rubenstein Sportsmanship Award. Now living in Ohio, the remarkable namesake of this award was a leader of New York soccer for decades and is a member of the Halls of Fame of Eastern New York, the U.S. Amateur Soccer Association and the Long Island Junior Soccer League.

 Massapequa will represent the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association at the regional competition from June 28 to July 2 at the University of Rhode Island. Eastern New York is donating $2,000 to the team and paying all expense fees.

With 123,843 youth soccer players, 68,587 boys and 55,256 girls, and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association stretches from Montauk Point to the Canadian border. Eastern New York exists to promote the game of soccer for children 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. For more information, log on to