Friday, 20 August 2010 00:00
On June 20, in a thrilling come-from-behind victory, the Boys U-10 Jericho Galaxy soccer team won the Long Island Junior Soccer League Waldbaum’s Cup Championship by a score of 2-1, defeating the Dix Hills Hurricanes in overtime.
The victory was described by some attendees as the perfect gift for Father’s Day, and was played on the SUNY Stony Brook soccer fields before a large crowd of family, friends, and supporters. The win was the culmination of a season-long single elimination tournament including Long Island’s top boys “Under-10” teams.
The Jericho team entered the game determined, but as clear underdogs, having lost to their Dix Hills rivals two weeks earlier in regular season play. The Hurricanes struck first with a quick goal in the first minutes of the game, raising concerns on the Jericho sideline.
However, Jericho’s defense solidified and held Dix Hills scoreless for the remainder of the game with exceptional defensive play from Alex Cooper, Casey Glover, Julian Drew, Michael Lugo, and Sean Yoo. Jericho was also the recipient of outstanding goal tending from Tyler McElhinney, which kept them in the game.
In addition to battling their opponents, both teams combated extreme heat and humidity, with temperatures reaching into the 90’s, which pressed the conditioning of all players, and kept a steady rotation of players in from the sidelines.
Jericho’s offense, including Evan Wabnik, Evan Goldstein, Brandon Cohen, Justin Snyder, Luke Medolla and Charlie Yorke, pressured Dix Hills for most of the game. Despite multiple scoring opportunities, it was not until the final minute of the game when a well-placed Jericho free kick slipped over the finger tips of the Dix Hills goal keeper, tying the game and forcing overtime.
The game went into golden goal overtime, and Jericho secured its victory with a breakaway goal three minutes into overtime, starting the celebration both on and off the field. The goal cleared the Jericho sideline and garnered the boys a standing ovation from all spectators and supporters.
The award presentation ceremony immediately followed the game with representatives of the Long Island Junior Soccer League, as well as the Dix Hills coaches, congratulating the Jericho players, coaches and parents for their dedication and exceptional victory.
The Jericho Galaxy team has been playing together for two years under the guidance of trainer Eric Lorandini and coaches Craig Snyder, Michael Glover, and Craig Goldstein. All of the players are Jericho students who will be entering fifth grade this September.
The boys are described as an exceptional group who are both outstanding competitors and good friends. Their cup win is described by coaches and friends as a great finish to a successful first year in the Long Island Junior Soccer League.
With all players returning, the Galaxy is looking forward to another successful season in the fall.