The Boys-Under-16 Dover Terminators have won three consecutive division titles. (Photo courtesy of ENYYSA, EHYSL)

The East Hudson Youth Soccer League honored 44 division champions and four scholarship recipients at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor, N.Y. recently.

A crowd of nearly 1,400 attended two nights of festitivies. Present on July 12 was New York City FC defender Maxime Chanot, who posed for photos with seemingly every player at the dinner.

“I don’t know of anybody in soccer who holds a dinner as large as this one to honor their champions,” EHYSL President Jim Purdy said. “We thank and honor our coaches and volunteers whose patience, direction and soccer expertise allow our children to enjoy this great game. We also want to recognize and especially thank the parents who write the checks, do the chauffeuring, nurse the bumps and bruises and cheer on the sidelines, no matter the weather.”

The coaches of the 44 champion teams talked their squad and introduced the players. A common theme for many of the squads is the players were unhappy with how they had done the previous season so the kids worked really hard and put together a championship season. For example, the Boys-Under-14 Liberty Red Devils went from 0-10-0 to 10-0-0 in Division 4.

All four scholarship winners will continue their education at colleges in New York. The Michael Goldberg Memorial Scholarship Award recipients were Linzy Dineen (Syracuse University) and Alexa Franceschi (Mount Saint Mary College). Goldberg was a 15-year-old boy playing in the EHYSL for the Chappaqua Soccer Club when he died of leukemia. His family started the scholarship to honor his life.

The Dan Herbst Memorial Scholarship winners were Birch Lazo-Murphy (Syracuse University) and Emily Mildner (Utica College). The scholarship namesake also died from leukemia in 2001. Herbst was a longtime soccer journalist and author, past president of the Yorktown Soccer Club and in his first term as EHYSL president when he passed away at 48.

“These four scholarship winners exhibited excellence not only on the soccer field but in the classroom and in their communities as well,” Purdy said.