Matthew Barresi has received a Livio D’Arpino Scholarship, handed out by Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association.

The Farmingdale, N.Y. resident plays for the Dix Hills Hurricanes in the Long Island Junior Soccer League/ The team is five-time State Open Cup champions, including winning the Boys-Under-16 Livio D’Arpino Cup two years ago. The Hurricane also have been US Youth Soccer National League champions.

Barresi also has played for the Olympic Development Program for Eastern New York and Region I and served as team captain at St. Anthony’s High School.

The National Honor Society member received the St. Bonaventure Award for maintaining a 4.0 GPA and also received a LIJSL Scholarship.

“I look at work as a privilege rather than an obligation or a necessity, which allows me to succeed,” Barresi wrote in his essay. “Whether it is grades in the classroom, skill on the pitch or just growing as a person, the opportunity to be able to build on those things is something I treasure. Since I was little, soccer has been my life, from the LIJSL, State Cup, Region 1 League, Eastern New York ODP, Region I ODP and National League. I have been to multiple states along with numerous countries to play and develop.“

Barresi will attend American University this fall.