FC Somers won its last two State Cup matches by 1-0 scores. (Photo courtesy of ENYYSA)
LAGRANGE, N.Y. — Better late than never would be an appropriate adage for FC Somers Benfica of the Eastern Development Program as it scored in the second extratime in the semifinal and final matches to win the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association Boys Under-14 State Open Cup.
In the semifinals, Benfica won, 1-0, over Cedar Stars Staten Island May 20.
In the championship match Saturday, June 3 at Stringham Park the Somers side also won, 1-0, in the second extratime over the Massapequa Warriors to bring the Howard Rubenstein Cup back to Westchester. Owen Parsons scored on a tap-in from a cross by Bennett Leitner while goalkeeper Owen Rabii had the shutout.
“We are a high-quality team that is great defensively,” FC Somers coach Milan Davidovic said.
Rubenstein, the cup’s namesake, was seemingly involved in every facet of New York soccer for decades before his retirement and is a member of the Halls of Fame of Eastern New York, the US Amateur Soccer Association and the Long Island Junior Soccer League.
FC Somers will represent ENYYSA at the Region I tournament in Spotsylvania, Va. from June 30-July 4.
Massapequa received the Rocco Amoroso Sportsmanship Award as determined by the game officials. Amoroso, a US Soccer Life Member who died last year, started the Sportsmanship Program of the LIJSL in 1980 and it spread to Eastern New York, nationally and then to China and Ireland.