Roosevelt Island Youth Program Soccer League Recap After Week 6 - Minors Learning Their Formations, Juniors Playing Heroic Defense and Seniors A Marvel To Watch
Roosevelt Island Youth Program (RIYP) Soccer Director Adib Mansour updates us on the 2013 RIYP Soccer Season.
According to Mr. Mansour:
Yet another series of fantastic games this last Saturday (Oct. 19) ! Congratulations to all players and their coaches of the Roosevelt Island Youth Program Soccer. The games were thrilling to watch, and the scores were close!!Here are some scenes from RIYP Soccer Games at Octagon Field last weekend.
Very impressive, and without your work with your coaches this would not be possible. Please take a moment to thak your coaches and assistant coaches for their dedication and support! JOB WELL DONE!!
In the Minors division, the teams are starting to show a coherent approach to the games. The players are becoming aware of their formations on the field. Passes are frequent and the goal kicks abundant. Noteworthy in the defense are Emily Highsmith (in James Highsmith's Blue team) as well as Emilia Brown (on James Brown's Red team) who pursued the "attacking ball" and placed it out of danger on many occasions. Another noteworthy player is Heaven Leon (from Tony Leon's Orange team) who wore numerous hats during the game, between guarding the notoriously clever player Sebastian Navarro (from John Evan's Bordeaux team) to dribbling through the solid defense of the Orange team. It was also beautiful to watch Darnell Wilkins-Payne play marvelously as a goalie in the first half to center offense in the second; as well as Isiah Sadlier solid defense (both on Dan Sadlier's Black team). Mark Block's Yellow team had a great win with the help of Miguel Conciello and Jake Lee.
Defense on all four Junior teams did a heroic job in protecting their goal keepers who, in turn, were amazing at not allowing the ball to cross the goal line! It was spine-tingling to watch the offense players with the crucial support of the midfield players to coordinate the attacks! Zara Haider and Madison Luna (on Jesse Krieg's Orange team) were relentless in their defense as well as the trio of Muad Kurer, Galen Bennie, and Antun Madela Obou in their accurate passes and powerful kicks on the same team. Noteworthy on Johan Marfey's Blue team is Kristen Leopold who scored 10 goals so far this season, as well as Nisany McDonald and Majd Matug who stepped up their efforts to bring the team to a third win in a row. Nickolas Drougos on Patrick Reidy's Yellow team made several crucial saves as a goalie, and Tia Young along with Markeysha Sadlier did a heroic job in defending the goal. Noteworthy on Jack McManus' Red team are Kaia Keaton who was unrelenting in acquiring the ball away from the attacking team in her mid-field position; Kristophina did an imposing triumph as a defensive player on the same team.
The second game between Cesar Rodriguez' Blue vs. Frantz Enama's Orange team kept the spectators at the edge of their seats. Blaise Enama on the Orange team scored his 10th goal and showcased his brilliant skills on the field. Noah Palm was teary eyed when he scored a sensational goal. Finally Francine Elisaia was unrivaled in her persuit after the ball with speed and control.
On the Blue team Alessandro Cartegni marvelled as a true Milanese fan with a strong midfield challenges as well as Santiago Felix in his unremitting control of the ball. Jan'niah Payne successfully intercepted numerous attempts from the Orange team to sneak into her Blue team's defensive lines.
Stop on by Saturday to watch some exciting youth soccer and cheer on are local kids.