Long Island SC blanked Stony Brook LGN Samurai Blue, 2-0. (Photo courtesy of ENYYSA)

Long Island SC shut out Stony Brook LGN Samurai Blue, 2-0, to earn the Howard Rubenstein Cup as Boys-Under-14 Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association State Cup champions at Stringham Park in LaGrange, N.Y. on June 3.

“We played smart,” Long Island SC coach Tom Bowen said. “We won the midfield battles and played a bit more direct than we usually do.”

Michael Price and Oracid Bencivenni scored Long Island’s goals and goal keeper Collin Schirmacher secured the clean sheet.

Living in Kentucky, Rubenstein was seemingly involved in every facet of New York soccer for decades and is a member of the Halls of Fame of Eastern New York, the U.S. Amateur Soccer Association and the Long Island Junior Soccer League.

Stony Brook LGN received the Rocco Amoroso Sportsmanship Award, as determined by the game officials. Amoroso, a U.S. Soccer Life Member who died seven years ago, started the LIJSL Sportsmanship Program in 1980.

Long Island SC will represent ENYYSA at the East Regionals in Loudoun County, Pa. as part of the National Championship Series from June 23-29.

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 Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. 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 Amazon.com.