Port Jefferson SC continued their dominance in the Long Island Soccer Football League (LISFL) by winning the U-23 tournament and then followed that by winning the Eastern New York State Soccer Association (ENYSSA) U-23 Final 4-1 over Albany FC from the Eastern District Soccer League.
James Hayes, Simon-Peter Omooba, Dennis Bocanegra, and Vince Erdei led the way with a goal each for Port Jefferson SC.
Manager Craig Korobow and Head Coach Al Meneses brought a team comprised mainly of players from Suffolk County up to Lagrangeville, N.Y., on Sunday, August 6, to represent the LISFL in the annual ENYSSA U-23 Final, which brings together the champions from the other U-23 leagues.
This year, Albany FC won the Eastern District Soccer League’s U-23 tournament, which meant they would provide the opposition for a Port Jefferson SC team that has been in dominant form throughout the summer.
Port Jefferson was undefeated throughout the group stage of the tournament with five wins and one tie. They defeated Dix Hills Elite, SUSA ISA, Southampton FC Colonials, East Islip Impact, and Brentwood Long Island Thunder before a 1-1 tie with Smithtown Arsenal.
In the playoffs, Port Jefferson narrowly defeated Oceanside Empire State 8-7 on penalty kicks. They then defeated PDB Academy 2-1, BW Gottschee 6-4 on penalty kicks, and in a final dubbed as an “instant classic” by LISFL President Gus Xikis, defeated Rosedale Super Eagles 4-3. Mosiah Whyte and River Seybolt each scored twice for Port Jefferson in the final.
Xikis said, “There were many times that Port Jefferson could have been eliminated in the playoffs. They’re a very talented team though and that along with their heart carried them through each time.”
He continued, “Port Jefferson is on a terrific run. They’ve either won or been in contention for just about every competition they’ve played in over the last several years, particularly within the league. If they continue on this pace, we’ll be able to compare them with the best clubs in our league’s history such as Glen Cove and New York Irish Rovers.”