Port Jefferson SC team that won ENYSSA U23 Championship
Port Jefferson SC captain Akeem Morrris presented ENYSSA U23 trophy by LISFL President Gus Xikis
Port Jefferson SC team that won LISFL U23 Championship
LISFL President Gus Xikis presenting U23 trophy to River Seybolt from Port Jefferson SC
Hicksville, NY 8/7/17 - Port Jefferson SC continued their dominance in the LISFL by winning the league's U23 tournament and then followed that by winning the ENYSSA U23 Final 4-1 on Sunday 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 to win their first ENYSSA U23 Championship.
Manager Craig Korobow and Head Coach Al Meneses brought a team comprised mainly of players from Suffolk County up to Lagrangeville, NY on Sunday to represent the LISFL in the annual ENYSSA U23 Final, which brings together the champions from the other U23 leagues. This year, Albany FC won the Eastern District Soccer League's U23 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, Southamption 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 stated, "There were many times that Port Jefferson could have been eliminated in the play-offs. They're a very talented team though and that along with their heart carried them through each time."
Xikis continued, "Port Jefferson are 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".