The FC Somers Lady Hammers recorded a 4-0 win in the Girls U-14 finals. (Photo courtesy of ENYYSA)

The FC Somers Lady Hammers shut out the Auburndale Strikers, 4-0, in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association Girls Under-14 State Open Cup championship game for the Barry Salter Cup at Stringham Park in LaGrange, N.Y. on June 4.

Thiona Kelleher scored two goals, Paige Pena and Marley Hopkins each added one as goalkeeper Ali Cabo recorded the clean sheet.

“Our girls really like to practice and the best part is we won the EDP league and the State Cup as a group,” said FC Somers coach Milan Davidovic, who has forged a close friendship with Auburndale coach Phil Bannister as they both serve as assistant coaches for the Fordham University men’s team.

FC Somers also received the Rocco Amoroso Sportsmanship Award as determined by the game officials. Amoroso, a U.S. Soccer Life Member who died six years ago, started the Long Island Junior Soccer League Sportsmanship Program in 1980 and it spread to Eastern New York, nationally and then to China and Ireland.

FC Somers will represent Eastern New York at the East Regionals from June 24-30 in Charleston and Barboursville, W. Va. as part of the National Championship Series.

Salter was president of ENYYSA from 2006-10 as well as serving in the same role with the Westchester Youth Soccer League. He was inducted into the Halls of Fame of both groups plus was present for the game and awards ceremony.

 

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