Sportsmanship Keys Wantagh-Seaford Win
May 01, 2014 | by Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
Sportsmanship in the Long Island Junior Soccer League is a legacy passed down by US Soccer Life Member Rocco Amoroso. Concerned by a lack of civility on soccer fields, Amoroso started the LIJSL Sportsmanship Program in 1980, which has been used throughout Eastern New York and been imitated around the world.
A shining example of this sportsmanship occurred in the LIJSL’s Girls-Under-11, Division N6 game last Saturday, April 26 between the Syosset Avengers and Wantagh/Seaford Dynamo at soggy Stillwell Fields in Woodbury. Games in that age group play 9 vs. 9 but Syosset only had seven players show up that day due to other commitments and Wantagh/Seaford had 11 so the game looked to be a mismatch. Until Wantagh/Seaford coach Brian Crowley fielded seven players at kick-off and kept seven on the field the entire game.
“I work hard at coaching two teams and it’s very disheartening when you expect families to show up at games and they do not, causing your team to not have enough players,” Coach Crowley explained. “I’ve been there before when we were short players once and did not want the other team to feel awful that we were so much better than them playing 9 vs. 7, so playing 7 vs. 7 was the right thing to do.”
Wantagh/Seaford wound up winning, 3-1. Nicole Maggio, Lara Palazzolo and Amanda Williams scored for Wantagh/Seaford while Sierra Rosado scored Syosset’s goal in a competitive game in which Coach Crowley gave everyone a valuable lesson in sportsmanship.