The HBC Impact won its third straight State Open Cup defeating Stony Brook Surf, 5-1 on Sunday, June 4. This Girls-Under-17 championship game between two Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) teams was played at Stringham Park in LaGrange.
Stony Brook did not leave the Hudson Valley empty-handed, however, as they received the Rocco Amoroso Sportsmanship Award as determined by game officials.
HBC is in the middle of another strong season as the Impact went undefeated in the Eastern Regional Premier League and have conceded only three goals all spring. They have played in five State Open Cup finals, winning the past three years.
“Our success starts with a club president in Bill Rudy who really supports the team, gives us access to great fields to practice possession-based soccer on a regular basis so it’s not surprising to see HBC have multiple teams consistently in the state finals,” said Billy Carroll, HBC’s coach.
“Our administrator Kim Houlahan is the reason the team runs so smoothly. Our team would never be as successful if it wasn’t for her. She does all the administration work but it’s so much more than that. Kim is so experienced at this point, she takes care of issues and problems before they can manifest themselves. She is amazing with the girls, and is a large part of the reason the girls are so tight,” he added.
Carroll noted that most players on this year’s team have been with the Impact over the past four years and have participated in the State Cup finals prior to this season.
“Anyone we’ve brought in has fit the idea of being a good soccer player, but more importantly a good person,” he said. “We strive as a whole to be a team people can be proud of both on and off the field. They really play for each other, and for team success. We have a great group of parents who also support the model and the thought process of team first. We receive production, minutes and work from the entire roster. We are really proud of the girls, and the success they’ve had.”
Illustrating the coach’s point to team play, HBC had 16 different players score goals in Region 1 play or during the State Cup.
The Impact will now represent the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) at the Regionals, which they have won the past two years, from June 30 to July 4 in Spotsylvania, Virginia.