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Welcome to Elmira District Boys Varsity Soccer!! Home of the Express!!

This is a site dedicated to the Boys' Varsity Soccer team for the Elmira City School District in Elmira, New York. The team is a member of the Southern Tier Athletic Conference (STAC) and participates in the West Division.  Elmira is also a member of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA).

NYSSWA Final State Ranking - 2006 (#10), 2007 (#19), 2010 (#16) 

STAC West Division Champions - 2002 (Co-Champions), 2007 , 2008, 2012 (Co-Champions) 

STAC Finalists - 2008

STAC Champions - 2008

#1 Seed in Section IV Tournament - 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 (shared) 

NYSPHSAA Section IV Finalist - 1988, 1989, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2010 , 2013 

NYSPHSAA Section IV Champions - 1989, 2006, 2010 

                                        Southern Tier Athletic Conference

STAC West                     STAC Metro               STAC Central               STAC East
Elmira District (AA)                Vestal (A)                       Johnson City (A)                Oneonta (B)      
Horseheads (AA)                     Binghamton (AA)              Susquehanna Valley (B)        Chennango Forks (B)
Corning District (AA)              Union-Endicott (AA)        Owego (A)                          Chennango Valley (B)
Ithaca (AA)                      Maine-Endwell (A)        Seton Catholic (C)                     Windsor (B)
                                                                                                                                   Norwich (B)

2013 Elmira Express Boys Soccer team (photo taken by Chris Lian)

Thursday, January 9
Two Express Defenders Named to All-Leader Team



Posted Jan. 6, 2014 @ 6:56 pm   

From Jasper-Troupsburg's run to a state co-championship to a program-record 14-win season in Corning, it was certainly a memorable season on the area boys soccer circuit.

Perhaps the most impressive individual accolade was bestowed on Noah Coons, who was named to the All-Region team, which encompasses New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

So it shouldn't come as much of a surprise then that All-Leader Player of the Year be added to Coons' growing resume.

The following is the 2013 All-Leader boys soccer team as selected by The Leader sports staff in conjunction with area coaches.

Sr. Dalton Cady, goalie, Jasper-Troupsburg

When you break down the accomplishments of Jasper-Troupsburg's senior netminder in 2013, nobody in their right mind would have ever guessed Cady had never played the position prior to the season.

Fourteen shutouts, nine goals allowed all season in a campaign that spanned 22 matches and concluded with a Class D state co-championship aren't the makings of a first-timer at arguably the sport's most important position.

Yet, Cady did all that despite learning to be a keeper on the fly. Cady – who proved to be a natural in goal – was an easy choice as an SCAA all-star.

Cady was named to the Section V all-tournament team and played a vital role in helping the Wildcats capture a share of a state title.

"Probably the best thing about him is just his thought processes," J-T head coach Herb Baker said. "To capture this position in one year and do the job that he did was tremendous. He's quite athletic and quite smart and the two of them got him through."

Sr. Noah Coons, midfield/attack, Corning

Long after the season concluded, the list of accolades kept pouring in for The Leader's boys soccer Player of the Year in 2013.

After being recognized in the STAC West, Coons named first team all-state and as a crowning achievement, was named to the All-Region team, which encompasses New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. It's the first time a Corning boys soccer player has ever been bestowed with either award.

No player in the area was more technically or tactically sound than Coons, who recorded eight goals and 10 assists as a senior, spending time at midfield and attack.

"Noah understands the game and he's one of the most hard-working and coachable players that we have," Corning head coach Steve Mastronardi said. "He's a great leader. He has the ability to finish with either foot, thread a pass for a nice assist or do anything else with it. He put us in position and himself in position to put us where we were this year and get his teammates to score. He's a very consistent player.

Sr. Alex Goforth, goalie, Corning

The number of goals some keepers allow in one match was same number surrendered by Goforth for an entire season, which spanned 15 games. That number: A paltry 4.

A STAC all-conference selection, Goforth was a wall in goal for the Hawks, registering a program-record 12 shutouts on the season.

A commanding presence in goal, Goforth helped Corning to a 14-win season, the most in the history of the program.

"He's the quarterback of the team," Corning head coach Steve Mastronardi said. "He yells out instructions, he sees everything on the field. He's grown so much in three years. He'll make the saves he needs to make and then he'll come up with some amazing saves when you need him to make them."

Sr. Garrett Heil, midfield, Bath Haverling

A Livingston County Athletic Association first-team all-star, Heil was Bath's top scorer for the second straight season, registering seven goals and three assists.

Heil moved from attack to midfield as a senior in order to better control things and still made a considerable impact offensively.

A team captain, Heil played in the Section V senior all-star game.

"He's just a very skillful player," Bath head coach Matt Hill said. "He sees the field real well and when he gets around the goalie, he does have a knack for putting the ball in the net. He's a great leader on the field."

Sr. Caleb Johnson, defender, Elmira

Few players were more skilled as 1-v-1 defenders than Johnson, who made a habit of neutralizing the opposition's top scorers.

A STAC West all-division all-star, Johnson played a pivotal role in Elmira's success in 2013.

"He's technically very solid," Elmira head coach Derek Hamilton said. "Tactically, he was very good and placed himself in good position to thwart the offensive attack."

Sr. Li Molingou, forward/striker, Elmira Notre Dame

Scoring machine isn't a term often associated with soccer, a sport where a 4-3 final would considered "high scoring".

Scoring machine fits the bill for Molingou, who netted an astonishing 33 goals and distributed seven assists as a senior.

The IAC South's Large School MVP, Molingou was an all-state fourth-team selection in Class C. And while Molingou is an unusually young senior who won't turn 17 until after he graduates, he displayed much maturity for his years, serving as a team captain.

"He was a great leader for us," Notre Dame head coach Brian Adams said. "He showed intuition towards the goal, was a great finisher, a great field presence and he's an excellent technical player. I don't think there's another kid in Class C in the state who scored 33 goals."

Sr. Joe Nugent, centerback defense, Elmira

Nugent was as dominant of a player as there was in the air, played very strong on the tackle and simply didn't get beat defensively very often.

A STAC all-conference selection who also nominated all-state, Nugent was one of the best individual defenders in the area.

"He's the top aerial threat in the conference," Elmira head coach Derek Hamilton said. "He gets at anything over the top because he's a big kid – he's about 6-foot and gifted athletically, which really helps."

Jr. Zach Quist, forward/midfield, Corning

Quist proved to be one of Section IV's most versatile players, excelling at forward and midfield for the Hawks in 2013.

One of Corning's top scorers, Quist netted 13 goals and dished out six assists as a junior.

A STAC all-conference selection at forward, Quist showed tremendous vision on the soccer field and displayed a knack for scoring goals in critical situations.

"He's played a lot of different places and he's not just a scorer," Corning head coach Steve Mastronardi said. "He attacks, hedefends. He's a player that is a quiet force on the field. He doesn't say much. But he's a very technical player and sees the field very well. He was able to find the other guys on the team to help them. He's great in there. He's great at winning a ball in the air or heading the ball. He can just go up and get it, which was great for us."

Jr. Franco Summa, def. center midfield, Corning

The program-record 12 shutouts Corning registered wasn't all just the doing of the goalkeeper.

As a defending center midfielder, Summa made Alex Goforth's life a lot easier by regularly keeping the ball out of harm's way.

And while Summa was certainly defensively sound, he also showed a scoring touch when called up, tallying 3 goals and 4 assists on the season.

"He was a player that, it wasn't on the stat sheet so much, but he held our midfield together," Corning head coach Steve Mastronardi said. "He could play where ever you needed him and he never came out of the game – tough as nails. A good technical player and was a great on-field leader. Good technical ability with his feet. Our midfield was the strongest in the league in my opinion this year and in our system, you needed that guy to direct what was going on."

Jr. Alexander Tostanoski, forward, Corning

When Tostanoski had the goal in his sights, he was almost automatic. A STAC West division all-star, Tostanoski often struck fear into the opposition with his scoring prowess.

Tostanoski was Corning's most prolific scorer, netting a team-best 15 goals to go with his five assists.

Even when marked by the best defenders the opposition could muster, Tostanoski usually had his way. He also showed a knack for coming up with big goal during Corning's program-record 14-win season.

"He's just a lethal finisher," Corning head coach Steve Mastronardi said. "You get him the ball, he's just so consistent – he scored in some of our most competitive games. He could finish with either foot, he had good vision on the field. He'd set up his teammates when he didn't have a scoring opportunity. He has that awareness, to find other people when you're not going to finish yourself, which was key, because a lot of people keyed on him after a few games when he started to flourish and come out of his shell."

Sr. Tyler VanSkiver, forward, Jasper-Troupsburg

Teams would mark VanSkiver with regularity.

And still, VanSkiver would score with regularity.

It's probably safe to say Jasper-Troupsburg's run to a Class D state co-championship wouldn't have been possible without the reliable scoring touch VanSkiver provided.

A Steuben County Athletic Association all-star and member of the Section V, Class D all-tournament team, VanSkiver scored 21 goals and distributed six assists as a senior.

Opposing teams that gave VanSkiver space to work in usually paid dearly.

"The big thing is his ability to come through no matter what the situation," J-T head coach Herb Baker said. "All of our playoff games, except the semifinal game, he scored in. He's a determined individual. I think his shooting was pretty good. He kept the ball low when he shot, he had that good quick first move to break open and then was pretty quick to get the shot off."



Sunday, November 24
Five Elmira Boys Soccer Players Named to Post-Season Teams!!

Photo by Star-Gazette

Staff Report - -  9:30 PM, Nov 22, 2013

Five players from Corning have been picked to the Southern Tier Athletic Conference West/Metro all-conference boys soccer team.

The Hawks won the STAC West title and were runners-up in the Section 4 Class A tournament.

Corning picks were senior goalkeeper Alex Goforth, senior defender Kevin Furness, junior defender Luke Terwilliger, junior midfielder Isaac Davis and junior forward Zach Quist.

Elmira all-conference selections were senior defender Joe Nugent and junior midfielder Kyle Johnson.

The rest of the West/Metro team included Vestal senior defender Kyle Powers, Vestal junior midfielder Conner McKnight, Ithaca junior midfielder Amir Omar, Ithaca junior forward Luc Sinon, Maine-Endwell senior forward Luke Osovski and Vestal senior forward Josh Wlostowski.

STAC West all-division picks were goalies Rhett Seeley of Horseheads and Geoff Twardokus of Ithaca; defenders Caleb Johnson of Elmira, Cameron Metarko of Corning, Jean Sinon of Ithaca, Gautham Sezhian of Corning and Gerardo Nunez of Horseheads; midfielders Noah Coons of Corning, Sean Paul Owen of Horseheads, Tyler Prunoske of Elmira and Mason Wolff of Ithaca; and forwards Ben Morse of Horseheads, Curtis Grant of Elmira, Alex Tostanoski of Corning and Tristan Cornell-Roberts of Ithaca.

Selections were made by the league’s coaches.

Thursday, November 21
McGinnis Named All-Conference in Men's Soccer


Sophomore Mike McGinnis was selected to the 2013 All-MSAC men's soccer team as announced by conference officials Wednesday afternoon. McGinnis was the lone Red Baron to earn this honor.

McGinnis stood out this season for his defensive prowess as his big plays spoiled numerous offensive attacks by the opponent. His 6'5 frame eliminated numerous scoring plans of the guys in the other color jersey. Although known as a defensive enforcer, McGinnis also contributed 3 goals and 3 assists this season. McGinnis becomes the first Red Baron men's soccer player to be selected to the All-MSAC team in the past three seasons.

McGinnis was a two-time All-Conference selection during his time at Elmira Free Academy.

Monday, November 4
Ithaca blanks Elmira to win Section 4 Class AA boys soccer title

Photo by Star-Gazette - Staff Report - 8:34 PM, Nov 2, 2013

ONEONTA — It was too much Amir Omar for Elmira.

The Ithaca junior forward scored three goals Saturday to lead the Little Red past the Express 5-0 in the Section 4 Class AA boys soccer championship at Wright National Fields.

Ithaca (12-3) moves on to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association playoffs. The Little Red will face the Section 1 champ at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at a site to be determined.

“We put the trophy in the trophy case,” Ithaca senior midfielder and co-captain Nicholas Gualtieri said. “This feels great.”

Gualtieri collected a goal and an assist in the second half. Mason Wolff added a second-half goal that made it 3-0.

Omar scored twice in the first half off assists from Tristan Cornell-Roberts to give the Little Red a 2-0 lead at intermission. Cornell-Roberts finished with three assists.

Ithaca coach Gilbert Antoine said the game went as he planned it after he spoke with several key players before the game, including Omar.

“We needed some players to deliver,” Antoine said. “This is a young team.”

Elmira (8-8-1) had the best chance to score early when Kyle Johnson took the ball down the right side. His kick was stopped, and a follow-up header sailed over the net.

Shortly after Omar’s first goal at the five-minute mark, Johnson fed Andrew Field, whose shot from the middle was blocked by an Ithaca defender.

Johnson later had a good opportunity in close that Little Red goalie Geoffrey Twardokus made a save on. Twardokus turned away four tries to earn the shutout.

Elmira coach Derek Hamilton believes his team did not play badly. The Express finished with a 10-7 edge in shots.

“I don’t feel the game was as lopsided as the final score,“ he said.

Hamilton also cited Gualtieri as the Express’ key tormenter.

“He was their catalyst. They filter the ball through him,“ Hamilton said.

Gualtieri said his job is to set up the scorers, though he made it a 4-0 game with a goal with 20 minutes to play. A short while after he assisted on Omar’s third goal to close out the offense.

“We work the offense through the midfielders,” Gualtieri explained.

Ithaca was able to handle the wet grass field at the former National Soccer Hall of Fame site. Antoine said he worked his team on grass to get them used to the slower surface than the artificial turf the Little Red usually competes on.

Meanwhile, Hamilton recalled how the Express overcame a slow start to reach its first sectional boys soccer final since Elmira Free Academy and Southside merged their sports programs for the 2011-12 school year.

“I‘m proud of these guys,“ he said. “We were 2-4-1 at one point.“


Top-ranked Ithaca tops Elmira, 5-0

By Shawn Vargo - Posted Nov. 2, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

ONEONTA – Led by a hat trick by Amir Omar, Ithaca downed Elmira 5-0 to win the Section IV, Class AA championship Saturday at Wright National Fields.

Omar opened the scoring with his first goal early in the contest, before leading a three-goal second half by the Little Red (12-3).

"I don’t think we lacked for effort," Elmira head coach Derek Hamilton said. "We didn’t play poorly. Ithaca just capitalized on the opportunities they had and we didn’t."

In the game’s opening 10 minutes, Omar got to a through ball and found the back of the net to give Ithaca a 1-0 lead.

"That put us behind the 8-ball early," Hamilton said. "Before that, I felt like we had four or five opportunities to take the lead in the first 10 minutes. Their keeper made some great saves."

Midway through the opening half, Mason Wolff got loose on the left side of the field, drew Express keeper Pat Coster out of the net, then got off a shot that got through and went in before another Elmira defender could keep it from crossing the goal line.

Along with Omar’s two scores in the second half, the Little Red also got a goal from Nick Gaultieri.

While it wasn’t a story-book ending for the Express (8-8-1), the team closed out the season in strong fashion to reach the title game.

"I’m proud of this team," Hamilton said. "We started the season at 2-4-1. A lot of teams would have cashed in their chips at that point. This group went out and won six of its last nine games.

"They played their best soccer at the end of the season."

Elmira, the second seed in the tournament, reached the finals with an overtime win over Horseheads in its semifinal game. The Express outshot Ithaca 10-7 and Coster was credited with two saves in the title game.


Wednesday, October 23
Elmira tops Horseheads in OT to reach Section 4 Class AA final

Photo by Star-Gazette

Written by Joe Mink - - 8:25 PM, Oct 23, 2013

ELMIRA — Beating the same team a third time in one year is never easy.

Elmira was able to accomplish that against Horseheads, claiming a 1-0 overtime victory in the Section 4 Class AA boys soccer semifinals Wednesday at Southside High.

Curtis Grant scored off Logan Brimmer’s assist 9 minutes, 7 seconds into the extra session to help the Express (8-7-1) advance to the sectional championship, where it will face Ithaca on Nov. 2 at Wright National Fields in Oneonta.

The Express will try to keep Ithaca from doing to it what it did to Horseheads — win three straight meetings.

The Little Red defeated Elmira 3-0 on Oct. 2 and 2-1 on Sept. 12.

“We played better than that,” Grant said of the 3-0 contest.

Elmira coach Derek Hamilton’s take: “We know how hard it is to beat a team a third time in a season.”

Yet the Express pulled it off against the Blue Raiders (5-8-2) after Grant rushed up the middle, took a feed from Brimmer on the left side and pushed the ball into the net.

“I just broke through and finished,” Grant explained.

Pat Coster earned the shutout by making seven saves for the Express. Rhett Seeley also turned away seven shots for Horseheads.

Elmira controlled the ball for most of the second half and the overtime.

Grant came close earlier in overtime with a penalty kick a little less than six minutes in. The ball sliced into the left outside netting.

Horseheads threatened when Foster Clark fed Jose Garcia on the left side just before Grant’s game winner. That attempt sailed just over the crossbar.

“We had a few chances. We didn’t convert when we needed to,” Horseheads coach Mark Mucci said.

The Blue Raiders played evenly with the Express in the first half, and Mucci thought his team had the edge.

“We controlled the ball,” he said.

Their closest try may have come on a 60-yard free kick by Marc Andrien 10½ minutes into the game. It was just a bit high.

Hamilton thought the familiarity of the two teams and what was at stake may have affected how the the game was played.

“It was two teams trying not to make a mistake,” he said. “In the second half we had some opportunities, but there were only one or two great chances.”

The Express had a tough time with Horseheads each time out, winning 2-1 in overtime on Sept. 25 and 1-0 on Sept. 6.

Close games told the tale for the the Blue Raiders this season, as Mucci said his team lost six times by one goal.

“The record doesn’t show it, but we played well,” he said, adding that lack of offense held Horseheads back. “It was the bane of our existence.”


 Elmira boys top Horseheads in OT

By Shawn Vargo
Posted Oct. 23, 2013 @ 8:02 pm  

ELMIRA – It took nearly 90 minutes before Elmira’s Curtis Grant scored the game’s only goal in overtime to lift the No. 2 Express to a 1-0 win over Horseheads in a Section IV, Class AA semifinal at Southside High School Wednesday.

The golden goal came with 5:53 remaining in the first 15-minute sudden death overtime period after the Express and third-seeded Blue Raiders battled to a scoreless tie in regulation. Grant was the leader of a three-on-two breakaway in the Horseheads zone after taking a pass from teammate Logan Brimmer. His shot slipped by Blue Raiders keeper Rhett Seeley to end the contest.

"I think it was very fitting that a soft goal was the game-winner," Elmira head coach Derek Hamilton said. "It was kind of a sloppy game by both teams."

The nine minutes of overtime actually had three of the better offensive opportunities of the game. With 9:09 left Grant was just wide with a free kick outside the 18, before Horseheads’ Jose Garcia sent a shot just wide of the net 1:30 later.

"We had our chances," Horseheads head coach Mark Mucci said. "We just needed it to be a foot more in.

"We had opportunities, but we just didn’t convert when we needed to. This is our sixth one-goal loss. We’ve struggled finishing."

In the first half, it was the Blue Raiders that controlled things offensively. Horseheads outshot Elmira 5-3 over the first 40 minutes. Express keeper Pat Coster needed just one save to keep the game scoreless, however, as most of the shots were high or wide.

One of Horseheads’ top opportunities came with 4:10 remaining in the half, when Chris Bankiatis took a feed from Ben Morse, but his shot was blasted over the cross bar.

Elmira’s best chance in the opening half came with 2:20 to play when Brimmer had what appeared to be a good look at the net, only to have Horseheads defender Gerardo Nunez block it.

The half ended with Bankiatis nearly floating a 35-yard shot into the goal, but Coster was there to tip it over the cross bar.

The second half saw Elmira pick its game up offensively. Kyle Johnson led the charge with back-to-back shots near the midway point of the period. His second shot was deflected by Seeley and cleared by a defenseman before any Express players could converge on the ball near the open net.

Elmira nearly broke the scoreless tie with 13:40 left in regulation when Grant spun a corner kick through the Horseheads defenders and Seeley, but no Express players were in a position to punch it in.

"We definitely had our opportunities in the second half," Hamilton said.

Hamilton lauded his defensive unit for playing strong throughout the contest.

"Our defense has been our strength," he said. "When we moved Caleb Johnson to defense, it changed our fortune.

"I also think that Joey Nugent is just phenomenal. He’s the best defender in the league."

Coster finished with four saves in the game, while Seeley stopped six for the Blue Raiders.

Elmira will travel to Oneonta to face No. 1 Ithaca on Nov. 2.

Elmira Scoring - Grant (1-0), Brimmer (0-1)

Shots/Corners - Elmira (12-8), Horseheads (10-4)

Saves - Elmira (Coster - 5), Horseheads (Seeley - 7)

Photo by Star-Gazette

Saturday, October 5
Record Goal Paces Express in 6-1 Victory

Photo by Chris Lian

Elmira scored 10-seconds into the match on a Kyle Johnson goal to set the tone in a 6-1 victory over the Binghamton Patriots on Friday night at Elmira Southside High School.  The goal was the fastest score in Elmira Soccer history.

Curtis Grant lofted a perfectly placed ball over the heads of the Binghamton back four.  Johnson raced past the defense, stuck a shot off the goal keeper, which in turn rebounded back off Johnson for the goal.

Grant would go on to score the next three goals for Elmira, which lead 5-0 at halftime.

Elmira has won four of their last five matches and hosts the Vestal Bears on Monday after at SHS.

Elmira Scoring - Grant (3-1), K. Johnson (1-0), Halperin (1-1), Marvin (1-0), Tiffany (0-1), Cain (0-1)

Binghamton Scoring - Va (1-0)

Shots/Corners - Elmira (26-6), Binghamton (2-0)

Saves - Elmira (Castiglione - 0, O. Mason - 2), Binghamton (Virgen - 18)

Photo by Chris Lian

Sunday, September 29
Express Boys Roll Union-Endicott for Third Straight Win!!

Photo by Chris Lian

The Elmira Express Boys soccer team took down the Tigers of Union-Endicott 2-0 on Friday night for their third consecutive win. The victory assures Elmira of a sectional birth in Class AA.

After a dominant first half in which Elmira had a number of quality opportunities, the Express finally broke the deadlock with a flick-on head goal from junior midfielder Kyle Johnson, off a great feed from senior center back Joe Nugent.  Johnson's goal was his 4th of the season and came about 15 minutes into the 2nd half.  Less than two minutes later, sophomore midfielder Reilly Collins struck a left-footed ball that lofted over the goalkeeper's head for a 2-0 advantage.  The goal was Collins' 2nd of the season, with this first effort coming in the previous match.  Elmira would go on to produce more opportunities, but the solid play of junior goalkeeper Pat Coster would prove all they would need for the remainder of the match.

With the victory, Elmira improves to 5-4-1 on the season and will host Ithaca this coming Wednesday.

Elmira Scoring - K. Johnson (1-0), Collins (1-0), Nugent (0-1)

Shots/Corners - Elmira (11-2), Union-Endicott (4-2)

Saves - Elmira (Coster - 4), Union-Endicott (Habeny - 7)


Photo by Chris Lian

Thursday, September 26
High School Roundup: Grant's OT goal lifts Express in soccer

Photo by Chris Lian - 10:14 PM, Sep 25, 2013

Curtis Grant scored eight minutes into sudden-death overtime Wednesday to give the Elmira boys soccer team a 2-1 victory over Horseheads in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference game at Southside High School.

Reilly Collins scored the tying goal for Elmira (4-4-1) with about 13 minutes left in regulation off an assist from Kyle Johnson.

Max Dandrifrosse scored a first-half goal for Horseheads (3-5-1).

“We’re playing some of our best soccer right now,” Elmira coach Derek Hamilton said. “We’ve been able to string a couple of wins together where we were a little unlucky at the beginning of the season.”

Elmira Scoring - Collins (1-0), Grant (1-0), K. Johnson (0-1)

Horseheads Scoring - Dandrifrosse (1-0)

Shots/Corners - Elmira (7-6), Horseheads (7-2)

Saves - Elmira (Coster - 5), Horseheads (Seeley - 5)

Photo by Chris Lian

Tuesday, September 24
Elmira stops Maine-Endwell in boys soccer

9:36 PM, Sep 23, 2013 -

Eli Halperin and Andrew Field scored goals for the Elmira boys soccer team Monday in a 2-1 road victory against Southern Tier Athletic Conference opponent Maine-Endwell.

Kyle Johnson added an assist for the Express (3-4-1), which led 1-0 at halftime.

Shea Osovski scored a second-half goal for Maine-Endwell (3-4) to tie the score.

Elmira Scoring - Halperin (1-0), Field (1-0), K. Johnson (0-1)

Maine-Endwell Scoring - S. Osovski (1-0), L. Osovski (0-1)

Shots/Corners - Elmira (10-4), Maine-Endwell (4-2)

Saves - Elmira (Coster-2), Maine-Endwell (Millard - 7)

Sunday, September 15
Elmira Boys Blank Binghamton - Staff Report -  9:41 PM, Sep 14, 2013

Boys Soccer 

Elmira 7, Binghamton 0: At Binghamton, Curtis Grant scored three goals for Elmira in a STAC victory over the Patriots.

Kyle Johnson added a goal and two assists for the Express (2-2-1). Caleb Johnson, Andrew Field and Dylan Tiffany also scored goals.

Elmira Scoring - Grant (3-0), Field (1-1), K. Johnson (1-2), C. Johnson (1-0), Tiffany (1-0),  Prunoske (0-2)

Shots/Corners - Elmira (23-7), Binghamton (0-0)

Saves - Elmira (Coster - 0, Castiglione - 0), Binghamton (Hyde - 12, Felder - 2)

Wednesday, September 11
Boys soccer preview: Elmira, Corning want sole possession of STAC West


8:57 PM, Sep 10, 2013 by Joe Mink

Elmira and Corning shared the Southern Tier Athletic Conference West boys soccer title a year ago.

Each team is now trying to secure the crown for themselves, though Horseheads might also have a say in that.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame will try to maintain the high standards it set last season when it went 15-3, claimed the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School South championship, reached the Section 4 Class D title game and ended up ranked seventh in the state in Class D.

Elmira, which produced a 9-6-1 record, will find it hard to replace the 29 goals Alex Varkatzas scored in 2012. Now at Division I Binghamton University, Varkatzas accumulated 64 career goals.

“The 2013 Express team should be a bit more balanced, with potential scorers on multiple layers on the field,” Express coach Derek Hamilton said. “Playing as a cohesive unit will be key as goals should be spread out more this season. We have a fairly young squad that will be asked to mature quickly.”

Elmira will rely on an experienced midfield led by All-STAC West picks Curtis Grant, Caleb Johnson and Kyle Johnson.

Grant, a senior and two-time STAC West all-star, led the team with 10 assists last season to go with his three goals.

Caleb Johnson, also a senior, played centerback last year. Hamilton said he made the move to provide more leadership from midfield.

Kyle Johnson, a junior, had two goals and five assists last season.

Hamilton also looks to senior defenseman Joey Nugent and junior midfielder Tyler Prunoske for big contributions.

Steve Mastronardi was head boys soccer coach at Southside and later Hamilton’s assistant coach at Elmira Free Academy before taking the Corning job last season. He led the Hawks to an 11-6-2 record and expects similar success in his second year at the helm.

“I believe our team will be solid,” Mastronardi said. “Our focus is on defense and transition in our attack, as we have a wealth of experience in the midfield.”

The key seniors are midfielder Noah Coons, defender Kevin Furness and goalie Alex Goforth.

Also looking to make an impression in STAC:

Horseheads: Mark Mucci enters his second year as Blue Raiders coach after a 3-11 debut.

“We were competitive in most games but just couldn’t finish when we needed to. We were a very young team last year, with seven sophomores and freshmen making up a third of our roster. Hopefully, having a year of varsity experience helped these players grow,” Mucci said.

He has two All-STAC West picks back in forward Ben Morse, who scored nine goals, and goalie Rhett Seeley.

Wednesday, September 11
Express Earns Road Draw Against Union-Endicott

Boys soccer

Union-Endicott 1, Elmira 1: At U-E, Caleb Johnson scored with about 20 minutes remaining as the Express picked up a tie against Elmira in a STAC contest.

Botan Zebari scored earlier in the half for U-E.

Elmira Scoring - C. Johnson (1-0), Grant (0-1)

Union-Endicott Scoring - Zebari (1-0), Johnson (0-1)

Shots/Corners - Elmira (8-9), Union-Endicott (9-2)

Saves - Elmira (Coster-5), Union-Endicott (Habeny-5)

Saturday, September 7
High School Roundup: Elmira blanks Horseheads in boys soccer

photo by Chris Lian

9:50 PM, Sep 6, 2013

Andrew Field scored the game’s lone goal and Pat Coster earned his first career shutout as the Elmira boys soccer team beat host Horseheads, 1-0, in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference game Friday.

Field’s goal came about 15 minutes into the second half off a crossing pass from Cody Marvin. Coster stopped seven shots as the Express evened its record at 1-1.

Rhett Seeley had four saves for the Blue Raiders (1-1).

Elmira Scoring - Field (1-0), Marvin (0-1)

Shots/Corners - Elmira (8-3), Horseheads (8-1)

Saves - Elmira (Coster-7), Horseheads (Seeley-5)

Thursday, September 5
High School Roundup: Maine-Endwell edges Elmira in boys soccer

Photo by Chris Lian

9:40 PM, Sep 4, 2013

Staff Report

Noah Kozecke scored the decisive goal with eight minutes remaining as Maine-Endwell rallied past Elmira, 3-2, in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference boys soccer opener Wednesday at Southside High School.

Luke Osovski gave Maine-Endwell a 1-0 lead in the first half before Kyle Johnson came back with two goals to give the Express a 2-1 halftime advantage.

Osovski added the tying goal before sending a cross to Kozecke, who one-timed the pass into the corner of the net.

Elmira Scoring:  K. Johnson (2-0), Grant (0-1), Halperin (0-1)

Maine-Endwell Scoring: Osovski (2-1), Kozecke (1-0), Lee (0-1)

Shots/Corners: Elmira (9-2), Maine-Endwell (8-2)

Saves: Elmira (Coster-5), Maine-Endwell (Millard-6)

Monday, November 21

Below are some of the best moments in EFA/Elmira Soccer history to have been caught on film:

--> Nick Lian (as a junior) scores one the best goals of his career in a 6-1 victory over Elmira Southside.  This bicycle is amazing and you get two looks at it!!


--> Ross Holden bends a fantastic free kick around a Union-Endicott wall to lead Elmira Free Academy to a 1-0 victory.


-->Justin Munson and Alex Varkatzas set the pace in a 3-0 victory over Owego in a New York State, Section IV, Class "A" Semi-Final match sending EFA to their third section final in five years!!



Monday, July 8
Elmira District Soccer Program Holding 5th Annual Soccer Camp

Where: Elmira Free Academy

When: Monday-Friday, August 12-16, 2013

Who: Boys and Girls entering grades 7-12

Cost: $80 includes five days of licensed training and a free camp T-Shirt.  **~If cost is a problem, please contact Coach Hamilton. Scholarships are available~**

Why?: All proceeds go directly to the Elmira Boys and Girls Soccer Programs


Contact Coach Hamilton at or (607) 425-2709 for a Camp Brochure and District Waiver


2012 Camp Participants

Thursday, February 7
Elmira's Varkatzas to play men's soccer at Binghamton University

image_name2 - Joe Mink - 2/7/13

ELMIRA — Soccer has always been in Alex Varkatzas’ blood.

His dad, Kostas, played professionally in Greece. And now Alex will be competing at the Division I level after he signed a letter of intent Wednesday at Elmira Free Academy to play on the men’s soccer team at Binghamton University.

Alex Varkatzas said he received a partial scholarship that can increase as he progresses through the program. He plans on majoring in business administration.

“I’m excited to join a Division I program,” he said. “It’s nice to be playing close to home

A senior at EFA, Varkatzas scored a team-record 29 goals last season as a forward for the Elmira Express, which shared the Southern Tier Athletic Conference West Division title with Corning. He finished his career with 64 goals, also a record for EFA/Elmira.

Varkatzas was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America boys all-state third team for large schools, which includes players from classes AA and A.

The NSCAA also picked Varkatzas as a Region II all-star. That team included top players from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

The common theme from Alex Varkatzas, Kostas Varkatzas and Elmira coach Derek Hamilton is Alex’s love of the game.

“He’s willing to be committed to improving,” said Elmira coach Derek Hamilton.

Kostas Varkatzas, a defender during his playing days, said he started his son out at age 4.

“He started kicking the ball around. As a 6-year-old you could tell he loved the game. He did footwork from 6 to 10 and then joined a travel league,” he explained.

Hamilton recalled bringing Alex Varkatzas up to varsity as an eighth-grader for the Section 4 tournament. He ended up having so much faith in the youngster’s ability that he had him taking a penalty kick during the playoffs.

“He had a clean strike on the ball, and he was only 13. He knocked it home like he was 18,” Hamilton said.

Varkatzas is now competing on the Express boys basketball team. He said he’s played basketball since modified except for a season off as a junior because of concerns about possible injury. But he’s back on court, mostly for the conditioning.

Varkatzas said he drew interest from Syracuse, Bucknell and American University.

After college, Varkatzas said he’d like to go pro, perhaps even going to Greece.

His dad believes he can do it.

“Absolutely,” Kostas Varkatzas said. “But it will take lots of work.”


By Shawn Vargo Corning Leader

Posted Feb 06, 2013 @ 10:17 PM
Varkatzas Signs With Binghamton

Elmira’s Alex Varkatzas signed a national letter of intent to play soccer at Binghamton University at a ceremony at Elmira Free Academy Wednesday.

Varkatzas, the All-Leader Player of the Year as a senior, led the Express with 29 goals and five assists in 2012.

“This is pretty special. It has always been a goal of mine to go on to a Division I program,” Varkatzas said. “Binghamton is very nice. It’s good academically and being a part of a D-I program so close to home is nice.”

Varkatzas, who began his varsity career as an eighth grader, was a part of the final EFA squad, as well as a key cog in the new Express program. Among the other schools he was looking at were Bucknell and Syracuse.

“I think it will be a very good fit,” Elmira head coach Derek Hamilton said. “Their program’s style of play is very similar to the one we use at Elmira.
“Plus, he’s going to get a top-notch education, as well.”

Varkatzas plans on studying Business Administration.

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