As a member of the Dix Hills Hurricanes in Long Island Junior Soccer League, Matthew Barresi and his teammates have won their fair share of trophies that include the State Open Cup five times.
The Farmingdale resident recently received a personal honor as the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association named Barresi the recipient of the Livio D’Arpino Scholarship. The scholarship is named for the former Eastern New York vice president who was involved in multiple levels of local soccer until his untimely passing in 2002. The award is based on success in high school as well as community service.
In addition to being five-time State Open Cup champions, Barresi and the Hurricanes also won the Boys U-16 Livio D’Arpino Cup two years ago and were US Youth Soccer National League champions. He also played for the Olympic Development Program (ODP) of Eastern New York and Region 1 and served as team captain at St. Anthony’s High School.
In his essay, Barresi wrote, “I look at work as a privilege rather than an obligation or a necessity, which allows me to succeed. Whether it is grades in the classroom, skill on the pitch or just growing as a person, the opportunity to be able to build on those things is something I treasure. Since I was little, soccer has been my life, from the LIJSL, State Cup, Region 1 League, Eastern New York ODP, Region 1 ODP and National League. I have been to multiple states along with numerous countries to play and develop.”