The Hauppauge Hurricanes are New York State Champions as they defeated Smithtown Bayern 2-2 (4-2 on penalties) on June 3.
The neighboring Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) teams met in the finals of the Boys Under-13 State Open Cup at Stringham Park in LaGrange, N.Y.
Aidan Augeri and Ryan Rush scored Hauppauge’s goals. Hauppauge coach Anthony Oliveto said of the match, “It was a great game. It’s always back and forth between Smithtown and us.”
This was the third recent meeting between Hauppauge and Smithtown. The Hurricanes won during the regular season, 4-2, while Smithtown won in State Open Cup first round group play, 2-1.
As state champs, Hauppauge will represent the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) at the Regionals to be held from June 30 to July 4 in Spotsylvania, Virginia.
Smithtown 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. It would expand to Eastern New York, nationally and then to China and Ireland.
Information provided by ENYYSA.