HUNTINGTON STATION, N.Y. — As the No. 24 seed out of 25 teams, the odds were stacked against the Somers FC 16-and-under soccer squad at the New York Cup on June 10 at the HBC Soccer Complex.
The team, however, was not deterred and won the N.Y. Cup championship, going undefeated while edging East Meadow Long Island on penalty kicks in the 10th round.
Somers FC, which was led by Tusker varsity coach Brian Lanzetta, trailed 2-0 but rallied to tie the game at 2-2 to force overtime.
“The team is filled with committed soccer players who train year-round for this moment,” said Lanzetta, who added that there were seven Somers High School players on the roster. “We go to college showcases and big name tournaments. I am trying to get these boys exposed and a chance to be seen by college coaches.”
Jonathan Riina, a sophomore at Somers, and Drew Lasher, a freshman, were both key components of the team on the offensive end. Both were members of Somers’ varsity team this past season, which won the Class A state championship.
Kennedy Catholic’s Luke Rossiter, a Somers resident, came up with key saves during the team’s run at a championship.
Yorktown’s Sergio Spiniello and Rocky Bujaj led the defense, while Lakeland’s Noah Kemp was a key at outside midfield.