St. Francis Soccer Wins Diocesean Championship
On June 7, the St. Francis de Sales firth grade soccer team won the Queens diocesan championship, beating Joan of Arc 2-0. Coming off of a season with many rainouts and wins by forfeit, these young men still showed the mettle of true champions.
To get to the finals, the boys had to play St. Mels from northern queens. Coming to Fort Tilden with a large team and a lot of determination, St. Mels started things off with a quick goal but a tough defense led by Sean Edwards, Brendan Dillon, Sean Murphy and Greg Vann prevented them from scoring for the rest of the game. Plenty of speed and superb passing from Micheal Mangano, Michael Carnacchio, Patrick Memi, Terrence Munns and Tommy Ray, gave St. Francis a 3-1 win and a trip to the championship.
St. Francis and Joan of Arc had played each other to a tie earlier in the season. Both teams came down to play serious soccer. Joan of Arc came out early, controlling the ball against a sleepy St. Francis, but was still unable to get a goal past goalie John Murrey, and defenders Connor Mahoney, Ed Watt, Kevin Gilmartin, Vinnie Esposito and Ariel Feldman. Eventually the St. Francis offense woke up and scored their first goal late in the first half.
The second half found St. Francis taking control early and not letting go. In the waning minutes of the game, Thomas Tsatis put a shot past the goalie to end the game with a 2-0 win.