2000 SYL Season in Review:
Battling the elements
After a successful debut season, the SYL’s membership exploded from 16 teams in 1999 to 75 in 2000, including FC Delco, San Juan SC and Capital Area Soccer League to name a few. The season came to a close with the National Finals in Raleigh, North Carolina from September 2-4 with U14, U15 and U16 championships to be crowned.
Weather may have played havoc with the event, but national titles were on the line and the players fought through the torrential downpour throughout the weekend seeking glory.
CASL, host of the event, came away with the first championship of the weekend when its U14 team finished a four-game sweep of the weekend by defeating the Northern Virginia Junior Royals 3-1. CASL midfielder Steven Curfman was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player for his pair of goals in the victory.
In the U15 tournament, West Kendall Optimist came out on top by handing the Medford Strikers a 3-0 loss. West Kendall forward Danny Vasquez was named the U15 MVP after scoring twice in the championship match, giving him seven in four games.
Unfortunately, the weather finally took its toll. The accumulation of rain on the fields forced the cancellation of the U16 playoff matches, creating co-champions. Both Super Nova and SCYSO deserved the title after sweeping all three games of the preliminary portion of the tournament and were named co-champions. SCYSO midfielder Daniel Perez was named the U16 MVP. Perez was honored for his overall play over the weekend with one goal scored in a 4-1 victory over the defending champion Central Jersey Riptide.