ROAD TO THE CUP 2018: ROUND 1
Out of 25 competing VSSC teams 14 earned a ticket for Round 2Updated Thursday May 3, 2018 by Stephan George.
As every year, the Spring Soccer Season brings with it the LIJSL Long Island Cup, the largest single eliminations youth soccer competition in the world, where over 1,000 teams of both genders compete in age groups varying from U9 to U19.
After a good showing last year, where one Valley Stream Team, GM Academy, reach the finals and two, Gunners and Angels, reach the semi-finals; the objective this year is to at least match, if not top our record. Considering the results from Round #1, one could say that we are off to a good start.
The competition was initially scheduled to start on the March 24/25 weekend, but was postponed to the April 14/15 weekend because of the “Freak Spring Snow Storm”. Needles to say that, with this two-week delay in the start of the season, players and coaches alike were anxious to renew with competition.
A total of 25 VSSC teams competed in the LI Cup Round 1, and of this group, 14 earned their ticket for Round 2:
In the U10 Division, the SuperGirls defeated the Merrick/S Merrick Fireballs 3-0 while the Titans got the best of Manhasset Extreme 5-2 and VS Fire disposed of RVC 2008 White 2-0.
In the U11 Division, only the Tuareg Rebels earned a spot in Round 2 with a victory over Wantagh/Seaford Roadrunners 3-0.
The U12 Division was unequivocally the most successful in Round 1 with all four Valley Stream teams qualifying for Round 2: the Lunachics got the upper hand 3-2 in a very tight game against the Auburndale Hurricanes; Cosmos got the best of South Huntington Hurricanes 3-0; Red Devils convincingly defeated Hauppauge America FC 5-1; and Genesis inflicted a severe 7-0 punishment to the Garden City Panthers.
Close behind the U12s, the U13s also managed to have a very respectable showing with 3 out of 4 teams making it to the next round: Flash and VSFC/Fury both advanced on a minimal score of 1-0 against Mount Sinai Swansea and Sound Beach Lightning respectively; while Extreme, after a rough Fall 2017 Season, proved their doubters wrong with a 1-0 win against Commack Nitro.
The U14 Rockets showed they were on a mission with a convincing 6-1 win over the Carl Place Cyclones. Let’s hope this is a sign of things to come as in the Spring 2016 Season where they were LI Cup finalists.
And to wrap-up Round 1, the U16 Manchester United managed a 4-3, eleventh-hour win over the Port Washington Strikers while the U19 Inter United did small work of the Garden City Mavericks with a 5-1 win.
With 14 out of 25 teams advancing to Round 2 of the LI Cup, you would be hard-pressed to find a Club with a better start to the Spring 2018 Campaign. Naysayers might be quick to point out that this is just the first round and that things will only get tougher from there. True, but there is nothing wrong with acknowledging a good start for it lays the foundation on which we can build what comes next.
Big thanks to all who competed this past weekend; win or lose you all have proudly represented the Valley Stream Soccer Club and we applaud you for it.
Please stay tuned for the schedule of Round 2 of the LI Cup; we need to continue to supporting and encourage each other.