For the third consecutive year, the Levittown Wildcats returned home from the State Open Cup as champions.
Now playing at the Girls U-15 level, the Wildcats defeated fellow Long Island Junior Soccer Club side Stony Brook Crew 1-0 on Sunday, June 4, at Stringham Park in LaGrange. Levittown will represent Eastern New York at the Regionals from June 30 to July 4 in Spotsylvania, Virginia.
As U-15 title holders, Levittown brings the Jack Bauman Cup back to Long Island. The Cup is named for the man who is widely considered the father of women’s soccer on Long Island. Bauman was active in the Massapequa Soccer Club and Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association but is also known for his efforts in growing the women’s game locally.
In the game, Kira Olivos scored the game’s lone goal off an assist by Olivia Pearse while goalkeepers Jackie Testamark and Katlyn Villacres shared the shutout in net.
“Our fitness and team play made the difference against a very tough opponent,” said Collin Testamark, Levittown assistant coach. “Everybody contributed to the win.”
The Wildcats 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.