When two titans in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) met for the Boys-Under-19/20 State Open Cup final on June 11, one pattern had to end.
The Massapequa Aces had won the past two State Cups while their Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) rivals, Dix Hills Elite, had won three State Cups, all in odd-numbered years (2011, 2013 and 2015).
It was Dix Hills’ pattern that continued as they defeated Massapequa, 1-0 at Oceanside High School to win the Peter Collins Cup, named for the U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer and former LIJSL President.
Dix Hills will represent Eastern New York at the Regionals from June 30 to July 4 in Spotsylvania, Virginia.
“Massapequa was playing quite direct and we were doing the same thing, which is not our game,” said Phil Bannister, Dix Hills coach. “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 keeper Josh Levine recorded the shutout in goal.
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.