The Boys-Under-14 Arch Cup Platinum final between the Great Neck Falcons of the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) and Cedar Stars Staten Island of the Eastern New York Premier League (ENYPL) was scoreless through regulation and overtime so it went to a shootout to decide the champion.
Great Neck won the shootout, 4-2, on June 10 at Stringham Park in LaGrange.
Luke Levinson, Issac Badilla, Logan Golia and Ethan Ran scored on their penalty kicks for the new champs. Great Neck keeper Matthew Heimowitz was a star of the game in saving a second-half penalty kick.
“It was a long game and we kept telling our players, ‘Keep your head in the game,’“ said Ernesto Paiz, Great Neck’s assistant coach.
Cedar Stars added the Rocco Amoroso Sportsmanship Award as determined by the game officials. Amoroso, a US Soccer Life Member who died last year, started the Sportsmanship Program of the LIJSL in 1980 and it spread to Eastern New York, nationally and then to China and Ireland, and in the process, made soccer games kinder and gentler.