June 9 - NHP Wildcats U12 Lady Lynx team leads the way to an incredible win against the Sachem Black 06 team this weekend. Scores were tied at 1-1 at the 90 minute mark with a precisely placed assist by Fiona O'Reilly to Julie Lopez who scored early in the second half of the game. Both teams worked tirelessly in overtime to claw their way to a win but it was Natalie Shon's cross to Julia Lopez's beautiful finishing shot that delivered the outstanding winning goal with only 20 seconds left. A special thanks to Tyler Okui who stepped in as goalkeeper for the first time and did an amazing job keeping the Lady Lynx in the game. The Lady Lynx not only clinched the Eastern New York's Arch Cup Championship title but they were also awarded the Sportsmanship award from the league for games played in the season. Congratulations to coach Pat Lopez and the remarkable girls team for a well-deserved win. The NHP Lady Lynx currently plays in Division 1 in the LIJSL league.
The Boys U13 Fire Cats dodged the raindrops on their way to a second place finish in the North Hempstead Cup Columbus Day Tournament. The Mitchel Field surface remained in good condition despite the wear and tear of many games and the damp weather during the Sunday morning hours.
Game one was played against the Hewlett Lawrence Blue Knights and New Hyde Park was hungry for their first win. The Fire Cats played with passion — making strong passes, using space well and having the tenacity are drive to succeed. Training with Ace clearly paid big dividends with a near perfect 6-1 victory. The euphoria of success made the time between the first and second game go by quickly. The boys couldn't wait to get back on the pitch.
Game two started with strength against the Westbury Blue Dragons. Jumping out to a quick 2-0, New Hyde Park appeared to get a bit over confident, believing they would steamroll the Blue Dragons they way the did with the Blue Knights in game 1. Westbury brought a loud cheering section to rally their team. With physicality and aggressive play, The Blue Dragons roared back, to tie the match 2-2. This only served to steel the resolve of the New Hyde Park Fire Cats. The physical battle ensued in the second half and New Hyde Park refused to lose, breaking through with a late tally in the closing seconds gaving the Fire Cats a 3-2 edge heading into the final match with a chance to win the bracket!
With their energy nearly drained at the end of a long day, game three against Woodhaven United 2005 United was another "give it all you have" game. First place was on the line and the boys knew they had to play hard. The Fire Cats lost a few players to injury during the hard fought match against a United team that had the blessings of some added size compared to New Hyde Park. The Fire Cats refused to back down without a fight but the fatigue, bumps and bruises from the first 2 matches saw New Hyde Park slip to a 0-2 deficit as the game began to wind down. The score ended 0-4, but was far closer than the total indicated — with the last two goals against at the end of the game with the New Hyde Park boys completely exhausted.
Collective grit, determination, skill and soccer acumen defined the day for the Fire Cats. All of the parents and coaches celebrated the much deserved second place finish with pride. The Fire Cats will continue their momentum into the balance of the fall season.
The New Hyde Park Wildcats U-19 Flying Tigers soccer team has opened the season with a decisive roar going 2-0-1 in as many weeks.
Week one recorded a dominating win over the Freeport Stars. The 6-2 final saw Daniel Hackett and Robert Cydzik score two goals apiece. Tommy Fitzpatrick and Matt Corrigan also scored. Goalie Nick Duras was near perfect with only two goals slipping past — one on a penalty kick. The defense kept the Stars in check limiting the shots on goal and shutting down the opposing team’s offense.
Week two was another decisive win when the Flying Tigers bested the Wantagh-Seaford Lightening at Tully Park. Showing their amazing foot skills and excellent communication, goals were scored on break aways, through balls, rebounds and direct shots. Scorers included Tommy Marchelos, Daniel Hackett, Dylan Figueroa, Robert Cydzik and Joeseph Tomich. Goalie Nick Duras was perfect saving every shot on goal for a final score of 5-0.
Week three was the toughest game for the Tigers this season. Playing in the warmest conditions to date, the boys sweated to 1-1 tie against the Sound Beach Stampede of Shoreham-Wading River. Dylan Figueroa scored the only goal for game.
The coaches, continuing to push team work, told their players that these good results would not have been possible without every player doing their part both on and off the field. Coaches Andre Garabedian, Tom Smith and Joe Tomich together with trainer Jose Martinez are looking forward to another win when the Flying Tigers take on the Farmingdale Force, October 15, 11:30am at NHP Memorial High School.
Standing, left to right: Ryan O’Sullivan, Alex Garabedian, Robert Cydzik, Nicholas Duras, Daniel Hackett, Adrian Puran, Dennis Stylianou, Jubril Okunlola. Kneeling, left to right: Matthew Corrigan, Connor Smith, Joseph Tomich, Thomas Marchelos, David Berfond, Dylan Figueroa, Joseph Judge.
Missing from Photo: Thomas Fitzpatrick, Daniel Hanna, Matthew O’Neill, Kunal Sheth
The Firecats had a successful day at the Oceanside Tournament on Saturday, September 2. Struggling through close losses in the first (0-1) and second (1-3) games, the boys battles to a much needed win in our third (4-0) match to earn a 3rd place finish in the White Division in the U13 bracket.
The first game against Massapequa was close and the teamed hoped for a tie, but gave up a tough goal. The second game against Great Neck was a tale of two half's where New Hyde Park had a lead going into halftime, but fell short in a very physical second half battle. The Firecats found their spark during the third game against tournament hosts Oceanside, completely controlling the match. The opponent did not register a shot on goal, which the team realized was a tremendous accomplishment.
These were the first 11v11 matches for the Firecats. During the summer, the team added several new players and were missing a couple of teammates for this event. Despite the changes, the Boys showed grit, determination and a passion to find on-field success. The team is still learning how to play as a unit, on a bigger field while the coaches are assessing how all the pieces will come together.
The Oceanside tournament itself was managed well. Mitchell Field was a better travel destination for the team than going to Oceanside Park. The referees for the 3 matches were great! Having two line judges made the course of play much smoother than having just a center ref.
The team will host its first league game Saturday, September 9 at Tully Park. With two practices in-between to solidify positions and strategy, team trainer, Ace, will create a plan based on what was learned from the tournament. The team looks forward to a great LISJL season in the U13 5W Division.
Look for more updates from the Firecats throughout the year.
Often times, at the end of someone’s life, attention is given to their accomplishments in life. An obituary will list their level of education, their level of employment and their involvement in various organizations. This note isn’t only about such achievements. It’s about much more than that.
A few weeks ago we lost Efi Domb. If you knew Efi and didn’t like him, there must be something wrong with you. If you were lucky enough to know him, Efi taught you about the simplicity and beauty in life. He did not ask for much in return. He reminded you about what was important in life… family, friendship and commitment. He was a devoted husband to his wife Claudia and together they raised three beautiful and smart young women: Yael, Ilana and Emily. He was a successful owner of a business that he started all on his own after emigrating from Israel as a young adult. He provided for his family day in and day out, and his family was most important to him in life.
Besides being with his family, Efi was the happiest on a soccer field. Many young women all over Long Island will, undoubtedly, recognize his face and remember Efi. He impacted many young ladies first through coaching girls soccer for the New Hyde Park Wildcats for almost 20 years and then by refereeing and training for years afterwards with Long Island Junior Soccer League. He helped shape many young lives through the turbulent adolescent years. They would come to a game or practice and simply forget about the problems at home or just of being a teenager. Efi would just know what to say to cheer one up… he had a special gift that is hard to put into words. Efi will live on through all these lives; he will live on through his family. He accomplished in his 64 years what most people can only dream and hope to accomplish.
Soccer brought us together in life and every time I drive by a soccer field, I will forever be reminded of you, our special and dear friend. RIP Efi and thanks for the memories. We lost a great one and you truly made the world a better place. We will forever miss you!!
We are extremely proud to announce we have recently signed a four-year contract with Adidas, effective July 2017. We are excited that Adidas recognizes the club’s outstanding reputation in the community, and that they see tremendous value partnering with our organization. Moving forward, Adidas will be the club’s official apparel brand for both our Travel Program as well as the entirety of the club’s Spiritwear.
Our relationship with Adidas starts with New Hyde Park being designated as one of a relative few soccer clubs in the country that are part of their Generation Adidas program. Some features of this relationship include:
The partnership also involves a third partner, Upper 90. Upper 90 is an unparalleled soccer clothing retailer in New York that will execute all Adidas service and supply requirements on behalf of the club based on its market-leading ordering and fulfillment processes as well as its customized online store for Spiritwear. In addition to providing the club’s online Spiritwear store (found via the “Store” link on our website), Upper 90 will also ensure that all NHPWSC members who identify themselves as such will receive a 10% discount in any of their four physical stores (Long Island, Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn).
Over the course of the four-year agreement with Adidas, the NHPWSC membership will recognize significant value. An apparel vendor relationship has many benefits to both the club and the vendor. For the vendor, it represents brand marketing at the grass roots level, dedicated baseline sales (uniforms), and pull-through sales (cleats, spirit wear and extra clothing).
There are many benefits to our club as well. For example:
My son / daughter is not in the Travel program. Does this apply to me?
Yes and no. Yes, because our online store for all our Spiritwear is now hosted by Upper 90. You can navigate to it via the “Store” link on our website. The store sells discounted Adidas apparel as well as non-branded Spiritwear customized for our club. Additionally, all your non-customized purchases from Upper 90 are eligible for the 10% club discount.
No, because intramural players will not wear Adidas uniforms. Given the nature of our program’s approach, it is imperative that our Intramural program outfits players with a reversible jersey, and unfortunately Adidas does not make such kit. Therefore, SCORE Sports has recently been selected as our official uniform supplier for our Intramural Program, and those uniforms will continue to be purchased through our local partner, Sport Loft. Sport Loft is located at 1001 Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park.
Do I have to buy a new uniform this season?
Each travel coach has been asked to decide whether they will shift to the new uniforms for the 2017-18 season, or whether they will grandfather their existing uniforms and make the shift in 2018. The club is offering a per-player financial incentive to all travel teams to incentivize them to make the shift. If your coach has decided to make the shift, you should receive a personalized email invitation from Upper 90 to order your new uniform online. If you did not receive the invitation, or need to place an order, you can contact Upper 90’s customer support directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646.416.9826.
Do we have to get rid of our non-Adidas apparel?
Can I purchase additional NHPWSC logo Adidas gear?
Yes. Upper 90 will have a complete line of club logo apparel for purchase which is discounted to retail prices. Additionally, purchasing this gear financially supports our club as a portion comes back to the club from both Upper 90 and Adidas.
How does an Adidas contract benefit the club members?
In addition to the many reasons listed above, having a relationship with Adidas directly and indirectly benefits our club financially.
The primary and secondary kits are the Tiro 17 uniform (royal, white) and they are engineered with ventilating climacool® to keep you cool on your drive down the pitch. Warm up jacket and pants are also Tiro 17. All have our club’s new shield patch on the upper-left. View them below.
On Saturday, July 22nd, 85 Wildcat players and family members visited Yankee Stadium to watch New York City FC battle the Chicago Fire as part of the club's 3rd annual Family Day event. NYCFC managed to pull off the 2-1 victory despite having only 10 men on the field after an early red card. It was a phenomenal victory for the home team on an oppressively hot day against the 2nd place Chicago Fire. And, as an official Youth Affiliate Partner of NYCFC, our NHPWSC crowd was excited to watch the boys get the win!
Also, as a reward for helping with our fundraising efforts, the top 10 players who raised the most sponsorship dollars were invited to go onto the field to watch the NYCFC players warm up from the player benches. It was an incredible experience that the players will never forget. Pirlo came right over to our crew and gave us a wave.
All in all, it was a fun, memorable experience for all. We've assembled some pictures from the day below, and even some video from the two (!) times they put our kids on the stadium's big board. If you have any additional photos to post, email us.
Thanks to all who came out!
The Wildcats are going to have a whole new look in the Fall! As part of the club's rebranding and selection of a new logo for its 40th anniversary, the Board of Directors recently voted on new uniforms for both its Intramural and Travel programs.
Coaches and administrators have heard lots of feedback over the years from Intramural parents about their desire to get more breathable jerseys. The reversible nature of the Intramural top is essential to ensuring the Saturday games run smoothly, with all players having easy access to both the home and away colors in a single shirt. However, this meant that the jersey was 2-ply, and very hot and heavy for the players. But, after scouring far and wide for a single-ply, reversible jersey, we were finally find one made by SCORE Sports. The new uniform has upgraded shorts and socks as well as a more fitted jersey. The new uniform will replace all uniforms for Micro, Intramural and Senior Intramural programs. Socks will be red for the Micros.
For the Fall 2017 season, the old uniforms will be grandfathered and allowed on the field, but we're guessing that many will want to make the switch. Micro / Intramural uniforms will still be purchased at Sport Loft in NHP.
As far as our Travel program, New Hyde Park has never had a single uniform for all its teams. In years past, each team chose its own apparel manufacturer and model as long as they stayed within certain guidelines. However, in its desire to unite the program and create a more unified identity, the Board elected to go with a single Adidas uniform for all teams. We chose the Adidas Tiro 17 model, and we also upgraded the non-mandatory spirit wear, such as the warm up suit, jackets and bag.
All uniforms now bear the club's new shield. Some teams may elect to stay with their existing uniform until 2018, but all teams will convert by the Fall of 2018, and the club is financially incentivizing those teams who elect to shift sooner than later.
We hope you like the new look. Let us know what you think!
We are very excited to host our 3rd annual Family Day event at Yankee Stadium to watch NYCFC take on the Chicago Fire on July 22nd at 2pm. Tickets are only $25 per seat!! Join us!
Reserve your tickets here!
Congratulations to the NHP GU18-20 Graduating Seniors! Pictured are Sam Hallock, Casey Connors, Victoria Bruno, Brenda Clark, and Nicole Moody.