GU17 HBC Impact Three-Peat as Regional Champs
New York Youth Soccer News: HBC were the only Region 1 champ from last year to defend their title.
The HBC Impact of the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) continue to fill up their trophy case as the girls not only became the only team in Region 1 to defend last year’s Regional title but won their third consecutive Regional championship, in Spotsylvania, Virginia on the Fourth of July. It’s been said that defense wins championships and that could be a good omen for HBC at Nationals from July 25 to 30 in Frisco, Texas as they have conceded only 4 goals in 16 games this spring.
“I don’t think anyone from New York can properly prepare for Nationals in Texas as the conditions are just so different but we’re going to train as hard as we can,” commented HBC coach Billy Carroll. “We need to work on corner kicks and set pieces as we gave up the majority of our goals last year on them. We’re going to try and get as much conditioning done so that we’re as prepared as possible for the heat and sun. The plan is to play a couple of friendlies to stay in game shape during the next two weeks.”
The team from Huntington is in the middle of another amazing season as they went 8-0-0 in the Girls-Under-17 age group in the Eastern Regional Premier League. They have played in five State Open Cup finals, winning the last three years, and won all three Regional finals they have played in.
“We’re excited to be attending Nationals again and representing HBC and Eastern New York,” Coach Carroll concluded.
Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association: With over 100,000 youth soccer players–both boys and girls–and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association(ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 11 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators.