SMITHTOWN, Long Island — Nir Sveri has been coaching soccer for kids for many years now, including a team of 11-year-olds at SUSA Academy on Long Island.
"They won the New York Cup last year and they really haven't lost a game since November 2017 -- 22 games in a row," Sveri said.
The girls practice three times a week and then travel to tournaments and games on the weekends. Sveri said they do it all for the love of the game.
"There's something about girls playing this game. They play it for the comradery, they play it for the memories. They give you everything they got. Girls, when they lose a game, they feel they disappointed the coach," Sveri said.
And they have great role models right in their own backyard, including girls, just a few years older than them, who won the national championship in their age level a couple of weeks ago.
"You see kids grow up. They go from kicking the soccer ball for the first time to when they get 15 or 16 years old, they become very good at it, and it's something that's rewarding," Moussa Sy, another SUSA coach, said about the girls.