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GU12 Sachem Speed Are Regional Champs

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The Sachem Speed have just concluded one of the most successful seasons in Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) history.

In the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cup final on May 31 at Stringham Park in LaGrange, Sachem shut out another LIJSL team, the HBC Barracudas, 1-0. In the State Open Cup, Sachem won all six of their games, outscoring their opponents, 16 to 1.

Sachem defeated Alleycats Red of the Capital District Youth Soccer League (CDYSL), 3-0, in the Eastern New York Premier League (ENYPL) finals on June 14 at Owl Hollow Fields on Staten Island. Sachem went 7-1-0 during the ENYPL season, outscoring the other Girls-Under-12 premier teams by 18 to 3.

“They are a great group of girls,” commented coach Rob Rinfret. “The one main reason for our success is the girls’ determination. Yes they are great athletes, but all the top teams have great athletes. The Speed girls never give up. When they are down or are being outplayed, they dig deep down and work harder to correct their mistakes.”

The competition continued to become more challenging as Sachem faced other State Open Cup champions during Regionals at the University of Rhode Island. But Sachem was up to the task as they went 4-0-1 at Regionals, outscoring the other State champions by an amazing 15 to 3. They shut down New Jersey’s PDA Storm, 1-0, in the final on July 1 as Sachem’s Brooke Papele scored off a beautiful free kick by Alexa Billingham.

Congratulations to the Sachem Speed, Girls-Under-12 Regional Champions!
 

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