The Screaming Eagles of Lynbrook/East Rockaway are state champions, but it wasn’t easy.
Facing fellow Long Island Junior Soccer League side the Massapequa Hurricanes, the two teams battled to a scoreless draw in the Girls U-16 State Open Cup finals. In the shootout, Lynbrook/East Rockaway would secure the title by outscoring the Hurricanes 4-2.
Sarah Diluzio, Kailey Hyland, Katie Koran and Megan Sullivan scored in the shootout for the new champs while their keeper, Natalie Peralta, had the shutout in goal through overtime.
“It was a great game to watch and an incredible game to coach,” said PJ O’Doherty, Lynbrook/East Rockaway’s coach. “Thanks to Eastern New York for hosting us. It’s a great organization and we are proud to be a part of it.”
The Screaming Eagles will now represent Eastern New York at the Regionals from June 30 to July 4 in Spotsylvania, Virginia.
The State Open Cup’s namesake, Peter Masotto, is a Region 1 Hall of Famer and U.S. Soccer Life Member who volunteered as President of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) from 1984 to 2006. The current resident of Babylon coached the Massapequa Falcons girls team to the 1988 national championship.
In addition, the Screaming Eagles 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.