Woodbridge Strikers ended their season with a strong 5-0 victory over visitors Aurora United FC following a hat-trick from Luca Baldassare (58', 69', 88'), and a brace from Oscar Cordon (13', 74'), but though they secured second position in the east division, it was too late for the team to reach their objective.
"I'm not satisfied with the way our season went because our objective this year was to finish in first, and this is the third year in a row we'll finish in second spot," said Woodbridge head coach, Peter Pinizzotto.
"I thought we had a pretty good team to compete for first place, but we had a lot of injuries and suspensions this year and so we had to bring in a few new players. I would have liked to have won it, for sure."
With one match remaining in Aurora's season, both sets of technical staff were understandably compelled to reflect on the season past.
"This was our first year in the league, and we didn't really know what the league was about, but for us it was about getting young players involved and showcasing themselves," said Aurora head coach, Jimmy Brennan.
"In our team tonight we had some kids that were 15, 16, 17 years old, playing alongside a few of our older guys. This is the experience they need in order for them to get to the next level, so from a development point of view we thought it was great for us this season. We got a lot of young kids playing and overall we are happy with the way things went for us this year," he added.
"For us, there are a couple areas we need to improve," said Pinizzotto. "I'm not going to say where position-wise, but overall I think we need to improve a couple of areas in order to compete for first place."
"It's a bit disappointing that we couldn't reach our goal, but we went to the final of the Cup too and finished second, finished second in the division... we're pretty close to what the objective will be again for next year. Let's hope we can fill up in a couple of areas and positions that we feel need to be improved."
The coaches were also keen to discuss plans for the off-season, and preparations already in place for the 2017 season.
"We have a lot of young players and depth in our club, but we lose players to school sometimes, including some of the younger ones," said Pinizzotto.
"We need to be ready for that period because across the league it is the same thing. You have to get your points where you need them. Unfortunately we had a couple losses in the last few games, and it has cost us," he concluded.
We do want to get wins, but we want to develop these kids and then in one or two years we will have the team that want, the conveyor belt coming through the system," said Brennan.
"For us to say we were going to win the league in the first year, that didn't even cross our mind. There are some very good teams in this league, and for us we just have to keep building our club and keep having these players coming through to the point where we will have a big player pool. We will have the U23s, U21s coming through and supporting the club. That's what we want to do, and we got a good start on it this year."