With over 7.5 million people in Long Island, it's no wonder this small island has always been a hotbed of soccer talent. As premier soccer keeps growing across the country, players and teams from Long Island continue to excel at the highest level. Located in Suffolk County, Lake Grove-Newfield Soccer Club has been a destination for players looking to reach the top levels of youth soccer. In 2019, the club was one of the three in Eastern New York to win 3 State Cup Championships, and the only to win the State Cup in both genders.
In the past 5 years, the club has found new levels of success. That success started with the 1998 age group, featuring the Rampage 1998 Boys and Tsunami 1998 Girls. The Rampage reached the ENYYSA State Cup Finals in 2014 and 2015, winning the championship in 2015. The Tsunami reached the ENYYSA State Cup finals three consecutive times in 2015, 2016 and 2017, winning the championship in 2016.
The recently graduated 2001 United Boys were one of the most successful teams in club history. The team won back to back ENYYSA State Cup Championships in 2018 and 2019, won the USYS North Atlantic National League Conference in 2019, and participated in the USYS National League in both 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 seasons.
Currently, the Dynamite 2003 Boys and United 2004 Girls are continuing to make a name for the club on a national level. In 2018-2019 and 2019-2020, the 2003 Boys won the ENYYSA State Cup and also placed 2nd in their division in the USYS National League both seasons. The 2004 Girls were also back to back State Cup Champions in 2018-2019 and 2019-2020, and in 2019-2020 were one the third team along with the 2003 boys and 2001 boys to participate in the USYS National League.
The clubs have also helped many players on their pathway to college soccer, including the 2020 class that was highlighted by Brendan Tomlinson (Lafayette College), Olsen Aluc (Manhattan College) and Jonathan Kanagwa (Virginia Commonwealth University). Kanagwa also saw some time with the New York City FC U19 Academy team, one of the top youth teams in the nation. In the class of 2021, United Soccer Coaches All-American Lorenzo Selini is one of the top prospects in the state.
In the next few weeks, the 2008B Wildlings Blue, 2007B Storm, 2008G Thunder, 2007G Venom will begin play in the USYS North Atlantic Conference managed by EDP when it begins the Fall Season for the 13U-14U age group. This next generation of teams looks to carry on the legacy of the teams that came before it.
“We are proud and thankful to be recognized for our achievements. We are a small club that espouses small town family values while believing hard work, dedication and community can empower any team to achieve any level it aspires to. This concept is coined in our club motto, ‘A Way To Be’. This is a holistic approach that teaches our players life skills through soccer. A philosophy that has allowed a small club to continue to flourish amidst several academy programs.”
— Tim Graham, Director of Coaching