Powerpuff Girls Go For Gold
After a long spring season, the St. Francis de Sales sixth grade girls soccer team (a.k.a. the Powerpuff Girls) went into the playoffs this weekend. In order to force a rematch of last season's championship game versus perennial champion St. Luke's, the Powerpuff Girls needed to beat a very tough Sacred Heart team on its home field on Saturday.
The girls were bursting with energy versus Sacred Heart. Alana Fiorentino scored the lone goal of the game in the first period. Danielle Donlan had several rushes to the goal. Excellent goaltending by Amanda Boggianno and Katie French turned away several scoring opportunities. Jenna Boggianno was all over the field all day and stole the ball numerous times. Melissa Tammaro, Keara Savage and Kristi Horgan played outstanding defense. Nora Howard, Mary Kate McMahon and Catherine Rudden played extremely well. Jillian Nichtern did another outstanding job defending Sacred Heart's top player. Trish Killian and Katie Pastina turned in their cheerleader outfits from last year and returned to the team this season as players. Both did tremendously during the game thwarting rushes from Sacred Heart and moving the ball upfield.
Proving that the girls watch too much TV, they dumped a cooler full of ice on Alana at the end of the
While the Powerpuff Girls are well rounded and excel at many sports, the primary focus of the St. Luke's team is soccer. Rumor has it that at least eight of the starting players on St. Lukes are on traveling All-Star teams and play soccer all year round. This daunting task did not frighten the team who showed up Sunday ready for revenge. The sidelines were full with parents and well-wishers
cheering on the team. Erin Casey, forced to sit out the playoffs due to an
ankle injury, hobbled to the field on crutches attempting to bring emotional support to her teammates.
St. Lukes was able to score an early goal but the girls refused to let it faze
them and continued to pressure their opponents. Amanda Boggiano once again starred in goal in the first half and made numerous outstanding saves. The girls trailed by a score of 1-0 at half time.
In the second half, Danielle Donlan scored on a beautiful goal to tie the game and the pressure continued to mount. Claire Ollquist helped shut down St. Luke's top scorer. The more experienced St. Lukes team was able to prevail in the closing minutes and scored two goals to close out the game.
The girls were commended by the referee and the St. Lukes coach after the game for their effort during the hard-fought game. The team has shown marked improvement thanks to their athleticism and toughness and promises to come back with a vengeance in the fall. Caitlin Hynes and Maureen Carey unfortunately had to miss the playoffs but contributed to the team’s success during the year.