LAGRANGE, N.Y. — Two weeks after winning the Eastern New York Premier League championship, the Red Hook Heatwave topped the LaGrange Chargers, 2-1, to win the Girls Under-18 State Open Cup June 4.

The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association championship game between two East Hudson Youth Soccer League teams was played at Stringham Park.

The player of the match was Red Hook goalkeeper Kyla Burns. Lauren Engel scored a Red Hook goal and Isabelle LaBarbera added the other off an assist by Alexa Franceschi.

“We are very excited to win the double!” Red Hook coach Paul LaBarbera said. “The LaGrange team is awesome. They tested our keeper, Kyla Burns, and she is very aggressive. The girls left it all on the field as it was our solid defense that led us to the win, even though we had no subs because of a prom last night.”

Red Hook will represent ENYYSA at the Region I tournament in Spotsylvania, Va. June 30-July 4

Red Hook also received the Rocco Amoroso Sportsmanship Award as determined by the game officials. The namesake of the award, who died last year, was inducted into the Halls of Fame of the Long Island Junior Soccer League and Eastern New York and was honored as a Life Member by U.S. Soccer. Amoroso started the LIJSL Sportsmanship Program in 1980, it has since been copied around the world.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at