The Dix Hills Elite captured its fourth Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association State Cup title June 11.
In a battle of Long Island Junior Soccer League sides, the Elite recorded a 1-0 victory over the Aces in the Boys Under-19/20 State Open Cup championship game.
Dix Hills won its previous three titles in 2011, 2013 and 2015.
The Elite won the Peter Collins Cup, named after the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Famer who was as LIJSL president for 27 years.
Dix Hills will represent Eastern New York at the Region I tournament in Spotsylvania, Va. from June 30-July 4.
“Massapequa was playing quite direct and we were doing the same thing, which is not our game,” Dix Hills coach Phil Bannister said. “Once we started possessing the ball, we had our chances and eventually put one away.”
Matt Flax scored on a near-post blister from 10 yards in the 85th minute while goalkeeper Josh Levine recorded the shutout.
Massapequa received the Rocco Amoroso Sportsmanship Award as determined by the game officials. The namesake of the award, who died last year, started the LIJSL Sportsmanship Program and was honored as a Life Member by U.S. Soccer.
In the post-game ceremony, both coaches thanked Eastern New York and State Cup chairperson Steve Padaetz for moving the game from Saturday, June 10 to Sunday, June 11 as the teams had a conflict with the original date, most notably being a mandatory graduation ceremony rehearsal for Massapequa High School students Saturday.