SFDS Team 2 Dominates Soccer Field
Beats SFDS Team 1; Ties St. Thomas More
This past weekend saw the third grade boys in blue pull double duty on the soccer field with games against SFDS 1 and peninsula rival Saint Thomas More.
Saturday saw the return of Patrick Memi to the nets. Constantly amazing the spectators, his game continues to improve every week.
It was a hard fought battle as both squads gave all they had. SFDS 1 came out strong with exceptional goal-play by John Murray and hard work in the field by Thomas Tsatsis, Sean Touhey, Tommy Ray and Terrance Munns.
Then, Eddie Watt broke the scoring drought on a long shot that sailed into the net giving SFDS 2 a 1-0 lead. Followed up with goals from Michael Mangano and Brian King, Team 2 took charge.
The man of the match by far was Kevin Gilmartin, Playing like a man possessed, he was everywhere and anywhere, impressing everyone in his path. Michael Carnacchio and Eddie Warren both turned in strong games up front, constantly applying the pressure. Like rocks were James McCool and Vincent
Esposito providing the backbone of the SFDS attack along with cohorts Ryan Laurain, Conor Mahoney and Brendan Dillon who get more involved every week and do it with style. Patrick Memi proved he can do it all by coming out of the goal in the second half to add a hat trick making the final 6-0 SFDS 2.
Sunday, SFDS 2 put on their most impressive performance to date. Taking the field with only 10 players, Saint Francis set out to defeat cross-town rival Saint Thomas More.
Patrick Memi once again put on a goalkeeping clinic, making incredible saves look easy and clearing every ball with booming punts. He kept STM at bay while Brian King, Michael Carnacchio and Michael Mangano turned up the pressure up front. Their hard work finally paid off as Johnny Duggan and
Eddie Watt charged the net as Eddie sent one past the tough STM keeper.
Kevin Gilmartin, James McCool and Vincent Esposito held the More offense at bay with their rabid defense. But the big factor was Brendan Dillon, who came through when his teammates needed him as he played the entire game without a rest as did all his mates.
In the end it would prove to much for them as the fresher STM squad would put in a last minute goal to knot the score at 1-1. The fans were cheering as they left the field with their heads held high proud of the fabulous effort and heart they just displayed.
Hats off to both teams on a terrific, hard fought, sportsmanlike match.