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

Photo by Personius Warne

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)

Friday, January 22
All-Leader boys soccer: Express Places Two On All-Leader Team

By Shawn Vargo
Posted Jan. 21, 2016 at 9:42 PM

Johnny Beecher Elmira Forward Fr. 
Beecher made an impact for the Express as a freshman – scoring seven goals and dishing out five assists – even after starting the season on defense.
For his efforts, Beecher was named to the STAC All-Conference team.
“Johnny was often the biggest, strongest player on the field,” Elmira head coach Derek Hamilton said.
Logan Brimmer Elmira Forward Sr.
Brimmer netted seven goals and handed out four assists for the Express.
“Logan has elite quickness and works well in tight spaces on the pitch,” Elmira head coach Derek Hamilton said.
Brimmer finished with a All-STAC West team honor.

Friday, November 20
Elmira Places One Player on All-Conference; Five on All-Division

Photo by Star-Gazette

Andrew Legare, @SGAndrewLegare 7:59 p.m. EST November 19, 2015

Five members of New York state Class AA semifinalist Ithaca have earned selection to the Southern Tier Athletic Conference Metro/West all-conference team for boys soccer.

Picks for the Little Red were senior defenders Mason Wolff and Jared Brooks, junior midfielder Alex Patz and senior forwards Pierre Clavel and Tristan Cornell-Roberts.

Joining them on the all-conference team were Corning junior goalie Erik Ekstrom, Corning junior defender Jake Grano, Horseheads junior defender Isaac Pastel, Vestal senior defender Matthew Furminger, Corning junior midfielder Cameron Metarko, Horseheads senior midfielder Alejandro Nunez, Vestal sophomore midfielder Parker McKnight, Elmira freshman forward Johnny Beecher and Maine-Endwell senior forward Shea Osovski.

West all-division picks were Elmira senior goalie Owen Mason, Elmira junior defender Dan Dimon, Corning junior defender Ben Terwilliger, Horseheads senior defender Joseph Heft, Ithaca senior defender Eric Denbow, Elmira senior midfielder Andrew Field, Elmira sophomore midfielder Gavin Wise, Horseheads junior midfielder Matthew Burlew, Ithaca senior midfielder Andrew Araneo, Corning sophomore forward Isaac Cornfield, Elmira senior forward Logan Brimmer, Horseheads sophomore Matthew Gibbons and Ithaca junior forward Phyo Zay Htet.

Selections were made by the league's coaches.

Friday, October 16
High school roundup: Elmira, Horseheads boys tie

Photo by Star-Gazette

Andrew Legare, @SGAndrewLegare 10:09 p.m. EDT October 13, 2015


Horseheads came within inches of advancing to the Section 4 Class AA boys soccer tournament.

The Blue Raiders hit the crossbar twice Tuesday afternoon and settled for a 1-1 tie on the road against Elmira High School. Horseheads finished 5-8-1, leaving the Raiders one victory shy of the .400 winning percentage needed to qualify for sectionals.

"They've been a great group to coach. They gave me their best every time in practice and in games," Horseheads head coach Mark Mucci said. "I'm just sad their season had to end this way. We needed to win and not to tie — two crossbars, and then we couldn't get a rebound when it's sitting there on the goal line."

 Horseheads trailed 1-0 when it struck its first crossbar of the day, but Matt Burlew came back with a goal within a minute later off a corner kick to make it a 1-1 game with 36 minutes, 29 seconds left.

In overtime, Elmira goalkeeper Owen Mason got his fingertips on a hard blast that ended up striking the crossbar and bouncing down in front of the net. Mason finished with nine saves, and Horseheads goalie Tyler Morehouse had seven.

"It's tough," Mucci said. "We've had several games this year that have been one-goal games where we've hit multiple crossbars or posts."

Dan Dimon scored off a Shawn Shaylor assist to give Elmira a 1-0 lead with 36 seconds to go in the first half. The Express, which was eliminated from the postseason before Tuesday, finished with a 4-8-2 record. Elmira had six one-goal losses and five overtime games.

"I can't remember the last time we played a game that really meant nothing to us," Express head coach Derek Hamilton said. "But I thought the kids played with a ton of pride today. ... I feel bad for Horseheads because we kind of eliminated them, but we're not the prototype program to lay down either."

Elmira Scoring - Dimon (1-0), Shaylor (0-1)

Horseheads Scoring - Burlew (1-0)

Shots/Corners - Elmira (9-5), Horseheads (10-7)

Saves - Elmira (Mason - 9), Horseheads (Morehouse - 8) 

Photo by Star-Gazette

Friday, September 18
Elmira Boys Soccer Redefines Resiliency


Thursday, September 17
Elmira Rallies Past HHDS in Boys Soccer

Photo by Star-Gazette

Andrew Legare, @SGAndrewLegare 9:26 p.m. EDT September 16, 2015


Elmira overcame a two-goal deficit in the second half to beat Horseheads in STAC boys soccer


Elmira overcame a two-goal deficit in the second half to beat Horseheads, 3-2, in Southern Tier Athletic Conference boys soccer action Wednesday at Horseheads High School.

After an own goal gave the Blue Raiders a 2-0 lead, Logan Brimmer scored for Elmira off a feed from Gavin Wise with about 18 minutes remaining. The Express then scored two goals about 20 seconds apart at the six-minute mark. The first came from John Beecher off a feed from Andrew Field. Dan Dimon then put Elmira ahead with a blast from about 35 yards away that came off another assist from Field.

"After playing a lethargic first 40 minutes, I thought we kind of put it together the second 40 minutes and started playing with a little more desire, started to link passes better," Elmira head coach Derek Hamilton said. "When you begin to play like that, you start to create more opportunities."

Horseheads' Matt Burlew scored the only goal of the first half with about six minutes remaining.

Elmira improved to 4-2 and Horseheads fell to 3-3 in the first meeting between the teams this season.

"I've got a really close-knit group of guys who really want to see each other do well, whether on the field or not," Hamilton said. "I think that shows. That's our fourth one-goal victory of the season. "Excited to be off to the 4-2 start, but we've got a lot of soccer to play this season."

Elmira Scoring - Brimmer (1-0), Beecher (1-0), Dimon (1-0), Field (0-2), Wise (0-1)

Horseheads Scoring - Burlew (1-0)

Shots/Corners - Elmira (10-6), Horseheads (5-3)

Saves - Elmira (Mason - 4), Horseheads (Morehouse - 7)

Photo by Star-Gazette

Wednesday, September 16
Spartans Sunk By Express 2-1

The Elmira Express boys soccer team used goals from seniors Andrew Field and Logan Brimmer to jump out to a 2-0 lead before holding on to a 2-1 victory Friday at Elmira High School.

Field's goal (his first of the season) came in spectacular fashion after collecting a throw-in down the touchline.  Upon reception of the ball, Field cut inside a defender before curling his shot inside the side net at the far post for a 1-0 lead.

Minutes later, Brimmer notched his second tally of the season after collecting a loose past from the M-E goalkeeper to make it 2-0.

Elmira and Maine-Endwell are both off to 3-2 starts on the season.


Expreses Scoring - Field (1-1), Brimmer (1-0), Dimon (0-1)

Maine-Endwell Scoring  - Kozecke (1-0)

Shots/Corners - Elmira (8-6), Maine-Endwell (6-5)

Saves - Elmira (Mason - 5), M-E (Millard - 6) 

Tuesday, September 8
Express Boys Knock Off Golden Bears 1-0

Elmira 1, Vestal 0: At Elmira, John Beacher scored the winning goal with four minutes, 38 seconds left to play. Andrew Field took a corner kick and Beacher eventually scored on a rebound.

Express goalkeeper Owen Mason made nine saves.

Vestal (2-1) held advangates of 12-5 in shots and 8-3 in corner kicks.

“We couldn’t put it in,” Vestal coach Dave Barr said. “The last couple games we’ve had trouble (scoring). (Mason) made some great saves throughout the game. He kept them in it and their defense is good, too.”

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

Shots/Corners - Elmira (5-3), Vestal (12-8)

Saves - Elmira (Mason - 9), Vestal (GK - 4) 

Tuesday, September 8
Elmira Boys Win 3-2 in Soccer

Logan Brimmer scored the decisive goal off a Dan Dimon assist late in the game to lift the Elmira boys soccer team to a 3-2 victory over visiting Binghamton on Wednesday in Southern Tier Athletic Conference action.

John Beecher scored for the Express (1-1) with about eight minutes remaining to even the score at 2-2. Elmira sophomore Jan Ziembicki’s first career goal helped the Express go into halftime tied at 1-1.

Ismar Turkovic and Tony Vu scored for the Patriots (0-2).

“We’re a young team this year. I think we showed our immaturity at times,” Elmira head coach Derek Hamilton said. “The way that we came back was fantastic. I think we were too naive to give up, to be honest with you. It was a feel-good win.”

The Express opened the season Saturday with a loss to defending Section 4 Class AA champion Ithaca.

Elmira Scoring - Brimmer (1-1), Beecher (1-0), Ziembicki (1-0), Dimon (0-1),  Wise (0-1)

Binghamton Scoring - Vu (1-0), Turkovic (1-0), Xamvilaysak (0-1)

Shots/Corners - Elmira (10-6), Binghamton (3-3)

Saves - Elmira (Mason - 1), Binghamton (Hyde - 7) 

Tuesday, September 8
STAC West Boys Soccer Preview

Southern Tier Athletic Conference

Elmira: Derek Hamilton is in his 11th season as a boys soccer coach in the district and has a young lineup after 11 seniors graduated. The Express posted a 7-6-3 record last season, its third straight winning season.

Key returning players include senior midfielder Andrew Field, senior forward Logan Brimmer (13 goals), senior goalkeeper Owen Mason, senior midfielder Shawn Shaylor, senior midfielder Joe Cerio and freshman defender John Beecher.

Elmira’s top newcomers are junior defender Paul Milliken, junior defender Dan Dimon, junior midfielder Marty Hutchinson, junior midfielder Chris Knuth, junior midfielder Walker Moss, sophomore defender Nate Forrest, sophomore forward Jasio Ziembicki and sophomore midfielder Gavin Wise.

“The 2014 Express was a team full of juniors and seniors until John Beecher was called up midseason,” Hamilton said. “However, the 2015 squad will boast five underclassmen who will be looked at to contribute immediately.

“The maturation of the younger players, coupled with the leadership and experience of the seniors, will be the deciding factor on how the Express soccer fares this season.”

Elmira is in one of the toughest divisions in Section 4. The STAC West also includes defending STAC and Section 4 Class AA champion Ithaca, 2014 Class AA sectional runner-up Corning and Horseheads.

“STAC looks to be a very competitive conference in 2015, as most of the teams in the STAC West and Metro are on similar levels, with possibly Ithaca a cut above after a deep state tournament run in 2015,” Hamilton said.

Horseheads: The Blue Raiders also have a young lineup, with few starters back from a team that went 5-8-1. Players to watch include Alejandro Nunez, Joey Heft, Isaac Pastel, Nick Juan and Kellen Boyles.

“If the boys continue to work hard and put forth their best effort each and every time they step onto the pitch to practice or play, I think we will do well,” Horseheads head coach Mark Mucci said. “We have some very talented young players coming up.

“The last couple of seasons we have been competitive with all of the teams in our league and have suffered numerous one-goal losses. Hopefully this year we can turn that around.”

Corning: Head coach Steve Mastronardi’s Hawks finished with a 10-6 record last season and advanced to a Section 4 final for the third consecutive season, falling to Ithaca. All three STAC West/Metro all-conference picks from that team — defender Luke Terwilliger, midfielder Franco Summa and forward Zach Quist — have graduated.

The Hawks do return All-STAC West goalie Erik Ekstrom, who is one of their captains along with junior midfielder Cameron Metarko. Others who will help the cause include junior defender Connor Nazarczyk, junior midfielder Trevor Kohli, junior midfielder/defender Jacob Grano, senior midfielder/defender Grant Huff and senior defender Zach Horning.

“We will be very young, with just two returning seniors,” Mastronardi said. “Our focus will be organization on defense, mental focus and being creative in the final third. Our expecation is to improve as the season progresses and be ready for sectionals. STAC will be ultra competitive as always, with many quality teams.”

Wednesday, June 10
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Handout: 2015 Alumni Registration

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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