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Elmira District Boys Soccer
Derek Hamilton
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933 Hoffman Street
Elmira, New York
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)

2014 Elmira Express Boys Varsity Soccer (Photo by Chris Lian)

Thursday, October 9
Elmira Boys Down Waverly Wolverines 6-1

Elmira 6, Waverly 1: At Waverly, Kyle Johnson and Logan Brimmer scored two goals each as Elmira earned a non-league win. Eli Halperin and Johnny Beecher also scored for Elmira.

Elmira Scoring - Brimmer (2-1), Johnson (2-1), Beecher (1-1), Halperin (1-0), Shaylor (0-1)

Waverly Scoring - Caplan (1-0)

Shots/Corners - Elmira (25-5), Waverly (5-0)

Saves - Elmira (Mason-2, Burns-3), Waverly (Rogers-19)

Wednesday, October 8
High school roundup: Elmira tops Corning in boys soccer

Joe Mink, @SGJoeMink 10:12 p.m. EDT October 7, 2014

The Elmira boys soccer team stayed in contention for the Southern Tier Athletic Conference West title with a 4-2 victory over Corning on Tuesday at Elmira High.

Tyler Prunoske scored two goals for the Express (6-4-1). Elmira got a goal each from Eli Halperin and eighth-grader Johnny Beecher.

Zach Quist and Cameron Metarko produced the goals for Corning (8-3)

In net, Owen Mason made four saves for Elmira, and Erik Eckstrom turned away six shots for the Hawks.

Elmira Scoring - Prunoske (2-0), Halperin (1-0), Beecher (1-0), Brimmer (0-1), Johnson (0-1)

Corning Scoring - Metarko (1-0), Quist (1-1)

Shots/Corners - Elmira (10-4), Corning (6-5)

Saves - Elmira (Mason-5), Corning (Ekstrom-6)

Friday, October 3
Express Boys Soccer Knocks of Patriots 2-0

Photo by Star-Gazette
Boys soccer Elmira 2, Binghamton 0: At Elmira, Dylan Tiffany and Eli Halperin each scored a goal to lead the Express in its STAC victory. Owen Mason made four saves to earn the shutout as Elmira (5-3-1) outshot Binghamton 32-4. Elmira Scoring - Tiffany (1-0), Halperin (1-0), Johnson (0-1) Shots/Corners - Elmira (34-7), Binghamton (4-1) Saves - Elmira (Mason - 4), Binghamton (Hyde - 32)

Wednesday, September 24
Elmira boys edge Horseheads in soccer

Photo by Star-Gazette

Andrew Legare, @SGAndrewLegare 8:55 p.m. EDT September 23, 2014

Logan Brimmer scored the only goal of the second half and the Elmira boys soccer team handed Horseheads a 2-1 loss

A close contest between the Horseheads and Elmira boys soccer teams Tuesday afternoon came down to a patch of open space.

Junior midfielder Logan Brimmer created his own breakaway after receiving a pass at midfield from Tyler Prunoske and scored the go-ahead goal with 31 minutes, 11 seconds remaining and the Express held on for a 2-1 Southern Tier Athletic Conference victory at the Thomas J. Hurley Athletic Complex at Elmira High School.

“Definitely competitive,” Elmira head coach Derek Hamilton said of the game. “I don’t think we got the best out of either team, but sometimes you’ve got to win ugly games and today was one of those days. A 2-1 victory is nice, especially considering the way we played.”

Senior midfielder Sean Paul Owen scored for Horseheads with 26 seconds left in the first half after Prunoske’s goal on a blast to the upper part of the net gave Elmira the first lead of the game with 21:18 to go in the half.

Elmira improved to 4-2-1 and Horseheads dropped to 2-5, with all five losses by one goal. Both teams had 12 shots on goal.

“I’m happy with my guys,” Horseheads head coach Mark Mucci said. “I thought overall we played a good game. We moved the ball well at times. We generated a ton of of chances, we just couldn’t find the back of the net. … The second half I thought we played a lot better after we made a few adjustments at halftime.”

The Blue Raiders thought they held a 1-0 lead when Alejandro Nunez put the ball in off a scramble just over 10 minutes in, but the officials talked and ruled that Elmira goalie Owen Mason held the ball long enough before losing control that he should have been given a goal kick.

Owen’s goal off a crossing pass just before halftime got the Raiders into the scoring column permanently.

“I think we got a little complacent and we ended the half before the actual scoreboard ended the half,” Hamilton said. “That happens with high school kids.”

Brimmer’s go-ahead goal came when he outraced a Horseheads defender for possession and broke free after taking a through pass from Prunoske, a senior midfielder. Brimmer put his shot cleanly into the back of the net past Raiders goalie Nick Pariso, who had 10 saves. Owen Mason made 11 saves for Elmira.

“We didn’t play our best, but we won tackles in the second half and that led to our goal to win the game,” Brimmer said.

Said Hamilton: “That’s Logan Brimmer’s fifth goal of the season in his first varsity year. That’s nice to see out of him. He’s scoring big goals for us right now.”

Like Mucci, Hamilton liked his team’s play better in the second half.

“The first half I thought we played on our heels a bit,” he said. “We were always kind of backtracking on the ball. The second half I thought we kind of took the offensive and started playing balls directly on the feet and a little more direct. It worked out for us. We had a beautiful second goal.”

Elmira Scoring - Prunoske (1-1), Brimmer (1-0), Halperin (0-1)

Horseheads Scoring - Owen (1-0), Nunez (0-1)

Shots/Corners - Elmira (13-4), Horseheads (13-0)

Saves - Elmira (Mason-11), Horseheads (Pariso-10)


Photo by Star-Gazette

Thursday, September 11
Express Boys Down Vestal 3-1

Andrew Legare, @SGAndrewLegare 10:33 p.m. EDT September 10, 2014

Boys soccer

Elmira 3, Vestal 1: Robby Weiskopf scored his first varsity goal five minutes into the second half to break a scoreless tie and help lift Elmira to a victory over visiting Vestal in a STAC game at Elmira High School.

Weiskopf, a senior, had played defender before Wednesday. Eli Halperin gave Elmira (3-1) a 2-0 lead and Tyler Prunoske scored off a penalty kick to extend the advantage to three. Connor McKnight scored for Vestal (3-1) in the closing minutes.

"Vestal had only given up one goal to this point and it was on a (penalty kick)," Express head coach Derek Hamilton said. "We scored three nice goals against them today. Any time you can put three goals on a quality program like Vestal, you know you played pretty well."

Elmira goalie Owen Mason had 14 saves.

Elmira Scoring - Weiskopf (1-0), Prunoske (1-1), Halperin (1-0), Brimmer (0-1)

Vestal Scoring - McKnight (1-0)

Shots/Corners - Elmira (14-5), Vestal (15-4)

Saves - Elmira (Mason-14), Vestal (Elliot-12)


Tuesday, September 9
Elmira Boys Blank Binghamton

Boys Soccer

Elmira 4, Binghamton 0: At Binghamton, the Express scored three, first-half goals in a 10 minute span on their way to a STAC win. Tyler Prunoske, Kyle Johnson, Logan Brimmer and Andrew Field scored a goal apiece. Owen Nathan made three saves for the Express (2-1).

Elmira Scoring - Brimmer (1-0), Field (1-2), Johnson (1-0), Prunoske (1-0), Cain (0-1)

Shots/Corners - Elmira (12-3), Binghamton (4-1)

Saves - Elmira (Mason-3, Burns-1), Binghamton (Hyde-11)

Thursday, September 4
Elmira Rolls Behind Brimmer's Hat-Trick

Boys soccer

Elmira 4, Union-Endicott 2: At Elmira, Logan Brimmer scored three goals as the Express opened its season with a STAC victory over Union-Endicott.

Elmira's other score came on an own goal. Tyler Prunoske, Eli Halperin and Owen Mason each had assists for the Express, which led 3-1 at halftime.

"We created a lot of chances, which is encouraging for our first game of the season," Elmira head coach Derek Hamilton said. "Logan Brimmer was clinical. He was only given a few chances and he finished them."

Elmira Scoring - Brimmer (3-0), Prunoske (0-1), Halperin (0-1), Mason (0-1), Own Goal (UE) 

Union-Endicott Scoring - Haley (1-0), Fazel (1-0)

Shots/Corners - Elmira (12-6), Union-Endicott (6-1)

Saves - Elmira (Mason-5), U-E (Hubeny-9)

Monday, September 1
Elmira, Corning Seek Boys Soccer State Playoffs

Photo by Chris Lian

Joe Mink 4:23 p.m. EDT August 27, 2014


The Elmira and Corning boys soccer teams each finished one game short last season from reaching the New York State Public High School Athletic Association playoffs. Both are looking to take an extra step or two forward in 2014.

Elmira posted an 8-8-1 record after losing to Ithaca 5-0 in the Section 4 Class AA championship game.

“I believe we overachieved last season making it to the sectional finals with such a young squad,” Express coach Derek Hamilton said. “That youth turns into veteran leadership this season, as we return seven of our 11 starters, including five players who are entering their third year of varsity soccer.”

Senior forward Kyle Johnson returns after producing six goals and six assists. He was a Southern Tier Athletic Conference Metro/West All-Star a year ago.

Midfield should be in good hands with senior Tyler Prunoske, an All-STAC West pick, joining senior Eli Halperin and junior Andrew Field. The trio combined for 10 goals and three assists.

Defense gets back seniors Jon Fleming and Robby Weiskopf.

Hamilton expects junior newcomers Logan Brimmer (forward), Owen Mason (goalie) and Joe Cerio (defense) to contribute.

“The team has no egos and enjoys working together,” Hamilton said. “Our goal is to continue to improve our play throughout the season, and we will play our best soccer as we enter sectionals in October.”

Corning comes in off a 15-4 performance and the STAC West title in Steve Mastronardi’s second season as Hawks head coach.

Vestal proved to be the thorn in Corning’s side, as the Golden Bears defeated the Hawks 3-2 for the STAC crown on Oct. 17 and 2-0 in the Section 4 Class A championship Nov. 2.

Mastronardi welcomes back major contributors from that 2013 squad, led by STAC Metro/West All-Stars Zach Quist, Luke Terwilliger and Isaac Davis. All are seniors, with Quist and Davis slated for midfield and Terwilliger for defense.

They won’t have to carry the load by themselves, as senior forward Alexander Tostanoski and sophomore defender Cameron Metarko are back along with senior midfielder Franco Summa and senior defenders Brian Austen and Spencer Kohli.

The top newcomers are Erik Eckstrom, Jacob Grano, Connor Nazarcyk and Trevor Kohli.

Despite the talent, Mastronardi isn’t calling his Hawks the STAC West favorites.

“We expect to be competitive within STAC this season. ... STAC is always tough, especially within the STAC West. There are a lot of good coaches and players. We will see who can put it all together,” he said. “Our keys for this year will be our organization on defense and attacking mentality.”

Horseheads: Close games went against the Blue Raiders a year ago.

Horseheads coach Mark Mucci said his team suffered seven one-goal defeats on the way to a 5-8-2 record. Three of those setbacks came against Elmira, including a 1-0 loss in the Section 4 Class AA semifinals.

Three seniors return on defense for the Blue Raiders, led by All-STAC West pick Gerardo Nunez. He’ll be joined by Marc Andrien and Carter Kabott.

“Defense should be our strength,” Mucci said.

Senior midfielder Sean Paul Owen was, like Nunez, a 2013 STAC West All-Star. Senior forward Jose Garcia and junior midfielder Samuel Nunez also have varsity experience.

New to the big team are sophomore midfielders/forwards Isaac Pastel and Nick Juan.

Putting the ball into the opposing net will likely determine how far the Blue Raiders can go

“I hope goals won’t be an issue. We’re looking to generate more offense this year,” Mucci said. “We had chances last year that we didn’t finish.”

So far, Mucci likes what he sees.

“We’ll be strong. We have a good core group. They can move the ball and they understand the game,” he said.

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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