2001-11-24 / Sports

St Francis Novice Girls Finish Second In Queens

St Francis Novice Girls
Finish Second In Queens

St Francis DeSales fifth grade soccer team is the Queens runner up after being edged 2-1 by Our Lady of Hope 2 in the championship game last Saturday.

All of the scoring took place in the first half. Hope 2 struck first on a long arcing shot from the left wing to the far corner of St Francis’ goal. Christina Luica tied the score by stuffing home a perfect feel from Caroline Plunkett. Hope took the lead through the first half then withstood relentless second half pressure from St. Francis to win the title. Both goaltenders were excellent in the second half.

St Francis advanced to the finals after winning the Queens South Division title for the second straight year. They defeated St. Thomas More in thrilling 2-1 overtime victory. Trailing 1-0, St Francis forced overtime on a goal by Nicole Vanchier in the final 30 seconds of regulation. Caroline Plunkett netted the game winner in overtime.

In the first half, St. Francis had several scoring chances thanks to the ball handling of Christina Ludica and hustle of Nicole Casey, but couldn’t find the net. The momentum shifted in the second half. Led by Brittany Dumbrowski, St. Thomas kept play in S. Francis’s half of the field. Brittany broke the scoreless tie five minutes into the second half with a strong shot from the right side that went inside the far post. St. Francis prevented from padding its lead thanks to the clutch goaltending of Tracey Greene and big clearing kicks on defense by Deidre Sacca and Meghan Edwards.

St. Francis was finally able to put pressure on the St. Thomas goal in the final five minutes of regulation. St. Thomas played great team defense to limit good shot but Nicole Vanchier got open off a scramble in front and poked home the dramatic game-tying goal. In overtime, St. Francis kept the momentum. Caroline Plunkett scored on a blast from ten yards in the first 2 minutes in overtime. From there, St. Francis protected the lead and its division title.

Head Coach Pete Sacca leads St Francis. The team finishes their season at 8 wins, 3 losses and 1 tie and won their second consecutive Queens South division title.

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