In a lengthy title game between two Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) teams, Roosevelt Castilla defeated the Commack Fire, 2-1, in overtime to win Boys-Under-15 Arch Cup Gold.
The final was played on Saturday, June 10, at Stringham Park in LaGrange.
Jordan Maldonado and Willy Perez scored Roosevelt’s goals.
“The game was too even,” said Philip Rigaud, Roosevelt’s coach. “Upfront, we were not passing the ball well but then we put some passes together and fed our goal scorers.”
Roosevelt also added the Rocco Amoroso Sportsmanship Award, as determined by the game officials. The namesake of the award, who died last year, was inducted into the Halls of Fame of the LIJSL and Eastern New York plus was honored as a Life Member by U.S. Soccer. Amoroso started the LIJSL Sportsmanship Program in 1980, it has since been copied around the world and he spoke about the benefits of Fair Play across the United States.