Friday, 24 July 2009 00:00
The Albertson Roma Academy boys’ U-15 soccer team recently took home the gold medal in the annual Waldbaum’s Cup competition.
The tournament took place over three months, with over 70 teams from Nassau and Suffolk County participating, with the finals taking place at Stony Brook University on June 20. The team was led by its stifling defense that allowed just three goals in five rounds of play.
Led by keeper Fill Ribeiro, the Roma allowed the fewest goals in Waldbaum’s Cup history. Defenders Jesse Weisberg, Patrick Woods, Owen O’hora, Nick Forgione and Kevin Levine formed an almost unpenetrable line of defense, and the few opportunities had by opponents were thwarted by the acrobatic goalkeeping of Ribeiro. Midfielders Sammi Nunez, Tyler Faden, Ivan Gomes, Dominick Pereira, Ulisses Gonzalez, and Marco Oliveira, not only controlled the crucial middle of the pitch, but contributed many goals on the way to the championship.
Strikers Alex Marano, Stephen Grella, Jake Falk, and Juan Rojas, ripped the back of the net with great regularity, as the Roma tallied 16 goals over the course of the competition. Trainer Carlos Ledesma had Albertson improving round by round, results born out with a 5-1 thrashing of Oyster Bay in the semifinals, and a 4-0 thumping of Levittown in the finals, that was carried out with surgical like precision.
The Roma hopes to move on to the Northeast Regional Premier division next spring, and defend its many titles along the way.