SFDS Girls Win Championships
St. Francis DeSales sixth grade girls, coached by Kevin Dolan, finished up the fall soccer season and made it to the playoffs. Their first playoff game was against St. Francis DeSales 1. This game turned out to be the most exciting game of the season. Both teams played great, causing the game to go into overtime. The score was tied at 0-0. It then went to a shutout in which the SFDS 2 won.
The second playoff game was against St. Thomas More. The girls played Thursday night under the lights at Breezy Point.
The final score was 2-1. SFDS 2 won. This win brought them to the championship game. They played against the winner of the Queens North Division, which was St. Luke. On Saturday, November 18 the girls played St. Luke at Alley Pond Park. The girls knew it was going to be their toughest game but they were ready. The pressure was on the goalie, Maureen McCloskey as she did an unbelievable job protecting the goal. She made many great saves. The backfield was made up of Traci Corsello, Kacie Stone and Eileen Little. Traci was the only back to leave her position and to aggressively stop any player coming down the field with the ball. Traci did a great job. Kacie Stone used her great kicking power to return the ball way over the advancing teams heads to midfield giving her teammates the advantage of getting the ball down the field, great job.
Eileen Little, playing center back, did a great job aggressively stopping the ball and kicking it off to the side; a job she was called to do many times during this championship game. The midfield was made up of six players, three on the field at one time. These girls played six to seven minutes at a time. Knowing this, they would go in and play their hardest knowing the next three would be going in and they could get a break and then be ready to go back in and do it all over again. Grace Munns played right midfield. She did a great job stopping the ball and getting it back up to the forwards. Megan Dolan, who played center midfield, did a great job stopping the ball coming down the center of the field and passing back to the forwards. Carolyn Marconi played left midfield and she did a great job stopping the ball and getting it back down the field. Meaghan Judge, playing right midfield, did a great job stopping the ball and putting her strong kicking power to work returning the ball down the field. Christine Cea played center midfield, although she seemed concerned about the size of the other team’s players it did not stop her from doing a great job stopping the ball and passing it down the field. Marybeth Lograno, left midfield, played her best game of the season, making some great stops and bringing the ball back down the field.
Forwards—What more can a coach ask for—Four girls that never stopped Megan Boyle and Maryann Opperman scored the goals in the playoff game that brought us to the championship. All four forwards played an amazing game. Maryann Opperman playing right forward did a great job controlling the outside of the field. Katelyn Donlon played left forward controlling the left side of the field and all other parts of the field did a great job. Megan Boyle played an unbelievable game playing inside left forward position. Her offensive playing included many great passes along with her defensive playing kept the ball downfield. Kerry Gallagher playing right inside forward has played great all season. The championship game Kerry played better than ever. She was amazing taking control of the ball and getting it downfield. Kerry scored two goals giving the team a 2-1 win in the championship game.