It’s A Four-Peat For Dix Hills Hurricanes

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Dix Hills Hurricanes

It was another trip to the State Open Cup finals for the Dix Hills Hurricanes who again returned home as champions.

A matchup with fellow Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) side Auburndale/Bayside AV Junior produced a memorable Boys U-18 final, which was won by Dix Hills in a shootout 5-4 after the teams played to a 2-2 draw. The finals were contested on Sunday, June 4, at Stringham Park in LaGrange.

Andrew McDonald scored for Dix Hills and Leo Musacchia added a goal on a penalty kick for the Hurricanes, who won their fourth consecutive State Open Cup championship.

“We had the game won but Auburndale/Bayside kept fighting back and scored in the last minute, even though they were down a player,” said Leo Musacchia, Sr., Dix Hills coach.

The Hurricanes will represent the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) at the Regionals from June 30 to July 4 in Spotsylvania, Virginia.

Dix Hills also received the Rocco Amoroso Sportsmanship Award as determined by the game officials. Amoroso, a US Soccer Life Member who died in 2016, started the LIJSL Sportsmanship Program in 1980 that would later expand to Eastern New York, nationally and then to China and Ireland.