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Lisha Murphy and Andrew Delarosa awarded the fourth annual US Youth Soccer William J. “Billy” Goaziou Scholarships

Scholarship recipients are leaders on and off the field

FRISCO, Texas (May 24, 2012) – US Youth Soccer players Lisha Murphy, Newburgh, Ind., and Andrew Delarosa, Boise, Idaho, are the recipients of the fourth annual US Youth Soccer William J. "Billy" Goaziou Scholarships.  Both teens play key roles on their soccer teams as well as in their communities.

The scholarships are awarded for post-secondary education.  The two $1,000 scholarships are awarded based on community service, giving back to the game of soccer and to honor the memory of William J. "Billy" Goaziou for his outstanding services for soccer and US Youth Soccer. The scholarships are awarded annually through the US Youth Soccer Foundation to one male and one female recipient.

Lisha Murphy plays for the SWISA SC Rush who is advancing to next month’s Indiana State Lisha_goaziouCup semifinal. She is also the team captain of her Reitz Memorial High School (Evansville, Ind.) team. Murphy was named to ESPN’s Top 150 Class of 2012. She is a member of the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Indiana 1994 team and has attended the Region II Camp as well. Murphy uses her soccer skills to help others and has volunteered as a youth soccer camp coach the past three years. Outside of soccer, Murphy is active in community as well as academic and faith-based clubs. She looks forward to being a pediatric psychologist and helping children in need. This fall, Murphy will play for the University of Michigan.
Andrew Delarosa is a US Youth Soccer ODP Idaho and Region IV player. With the IdahoAndrew_goaziou Rush and Idaho Osprey, Delarosa is a four time state champion and two time runner-up. In addition to volunteering 50 hours at the Meridian Food Bank and other service activities, he mentored children in US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer). He is a member of the National Honor Society and his church youth group. Delarosa participated in Leadership Boise Academy. Last summer, he participated in the Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars Program where he earned a trip to work on a future manned mission to Mars with NASA experts and engineers. Following this passion, Delarosa will attend the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz., with aspirations of becoming an aerospace engineer.
"US Youth Soccer strives to develop players' skills as well as their characters. Both Lisha and Andrew have taken the important life lessons that soccer offers its participants and given back to the game and their communities. US Youth Soccer is proud to remember Billy Goaziou by contributing to the lives of these young adults as they continue to succeed and move forward to college this fall," said John Sutter, president of US Youth Soccer.

Goaziou was involved in soccer for more than 25 years as a coach and administrator.  He served as treasurer of US Youth Soccer and the Florida Youth Soccer Association, as well as chairman of the US Youth Soccer budget and US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program committees. In 1994, he took office as the U.S. Soccer Federation's treasurer and was re-elected four times (1996, 1998, 2000 and 2004). Beyond the soccer world, Goaziou served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps.

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About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer - "The Game for ALL Kids!®" is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit

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