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East Meadow Inferno
steve strombelline
516.546.6662
Fax: 212 412 1081
1535 stevens avenue
merrick, New York
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Welcome to the East Meadow Inferno web site. The Inferno are the 2004 Waldbaums Challenge Cup champs (minor B), 2005 Paul Riley Indoor Winter League champs, 2005 EMSC American Ref-Fuel Tournament Division winners and the 2005 Brentwood Columbus Day Weekend Division winners! Further, the Inferno won the 2006 Spring Sportsmanship Award for their division. We pride ourselves in being a developing travel soccer team made up of energetic, hard-working boys who simply play for the love of the game. Our goal for every season is to improve each week by increasing our skill level, knowledge of the game and ability to work effectively in a team environment. We strive for excellence not perfection.

Final Update: July 14, 2008

 

 >>>>>Amazing.  In 7 years this site has had over 21,000 hits!!<<<<<



Inferno Go Out in Style!

After 7 wonderful years, it all came down to one game.  The final match for a team that started play in August, 2001.  The Inferno hosted the Plainview-Old Bethpage Titans, somewhat fittingly, at "Field of Dreams".  The Inferno have had many success stories over the years, personal and team related, but its greatest triumph is their longevity.  The goal has been for a long time to keep the team together through Spring of "senior year" and that's exactly what they did!  This season was full of challenges, as the boys had many other priorities.  The result was that many games were played shorted handed - including one 7 v 11 match!  Throughout every game, the boys exhibitted great character and determination and never gave in to their opponent.  We got quite used to playing down a few men (more on that later).  POB has been a long-standing rival of the Inferno, so it was appropriate that the final chapter would include the Titans.  Ironically,  the Inferno had 15 players for the final game, including a guest appearance by Dylan K.!  The game was played artfully by the Inferno, as the passing was crisp and the defense was tight.  Midway through the first half Brandon C. carried the ball down the center of the pitch to about 35 yards out and led Tommy M. with a sharp pass down the right side, Tommy saw Matt S. streaking towards the goal and fed Matt peferctly.  Matt directed the ball into the net and the Inferno has scored the all-important first goal.  The half ended 1-0 with both teams getting some good chances.  Brendan K. made a few point-blank saves to keep the Inferno ahead at the interval.  The second half was more of the same-good passing, real classic Inferno soccer.  Then, things got a bit interesting: With less than 20 minutes left in the match, Alec W. picked up his second yellow card after a hard tackle in the box and was red-carded off the pitch.  The moment of truth had arrived:  a successful penalty kick would have tied the score for POB, given them the momentum, all while playing the rest of the game one man up.  The Titan's best player approached the mark and then drove a low, hard shot to the keeper's right side.  Brendan K. guessed right, moved quickly and extended his arms just enough to make the save of the game!   Soon after, Matt K. weaved through, what seemed like, most of the POB team before waiting until the last possible moment to slide the ball over to Matt S. for the Inferno's second goal.   To add to the drama Andy M. was soon given his second yellow card and the boys were now down two men.  Not a problem for the Inferno; they were used to playing down all year.  As a result, they did not flinch, continued to outplay the Titans and finished their long and distinguished tenure with a 2-0 victory!  Everybody played to their full potential for the Inferno on this very special day,  the team as a whole being the true star.  So, from their first game at the old American Ref-Fuel East Meadow Tournament at Eisnehower Park down the road to the Field of Dreams for their last game, the Inferno travelled many miles, playing at many piches against many opponents.  The team has had over 30 players call themselves Inferno with 7 boys, now young men playing all 7 years: Matt S, Matt K, Jordan R, Tommy M, Mike F, Demetri T & Yianni T.   Its been a great run and the coaches this year (Steve, Larry & Kathy) leave the game and the team with a strong sense of satisfaction that the boys walked off the pitch for the last time with great pride for winning their final game in an Inferno uniform, but most importantly that they attained a high sense of self-confidence in their abilities and an enduring love for what many call "the beautiful game". 



THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To all the boys: thank you for such wonderful memories.  Remember the Inferno!!

 

-Steve-



   
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