2004-06-11 / Sports

St. Francis–2 Girls Win Spring Novice Championship

By Bill Dunn

St. Francis–2 Girls Win Spring Novice Championship

By Bill Dunn

The CYO Spring Soccer season ended Sunday, May 30, with a classic match-up between defending Fall 2003 Champions St. Francis–1 (Gold) and St. Francis–2 (Blue) playing for the Girls Novice Division championship. As it always seems when these two teams meet, the outcome wasn’t decided until the final whistle with Blue coming from behind to defeat Gold 3-1.

The first half was scoreless with both teams playing a tight game until the 15:00 minute mark when Gold’s Catie Corcoran opened the scoring by exploding past the Blue defense to score a beautiful goal that would make any highlight reel.

The game continued to be a defensive struggle for most of the first half with goaltenders making critical saves at both ends. However, late in the first half the momentum changed as Blue tied the game at the 21:00 minute mark on a spectacular goal by Annette Scotto. With two defenders contesting, she converted with a left footed shot that went against the grain and found its way into the right corner of the net. Then, just three minutes later, Blue was awarded a penalty kick as a result of relentless pressure deep inside Gold’s territory. Kyra Meli buried the kick and Blue went into halftime with a 2-1 lead. Everyone new the game was far from over.

With the game on the line in the second half, Blue continued to play a suffocating defense lead by a rotation of Megan Dunn, Frances Amodeo, Chantal Lizzi and Christina Rocks with help from midfielder Kyra Meli. They held the powerful offense of the Gold team to few quality scoring chances although the hard work of Vanessa Ramos and Danielle Farragher kept the pressure on throughout the half.

The second half saw the battle rage up and down the field until the Blue teams Kristin Ferrandino converted a goal from in front at the 13:00 minute mark to seal the victory.

A true testament to the courage and championship heart of both teams was exemplified when each was thwarted late in the game by outstanding defensive plays.

The Blue teams Frances Amodeo’s block of a Catie Corcoran shot at point blank was matched by a great save by Gold’s goaltender Kimberly Newman after a beautiful move by Kailin Twomey created the final true scoring opportunity.

Strong goaltending play was evident throughout the game with the Blue teams Christine Cappiello denying shots all game long.

As with any championship team there were plenty of unsung heroes. The Blue teams midfielders Marie Mattes, Grace Mc Caffrey, Iga Cuglewska along with forwards Alissa Elfant and scoring threat Kathryn Foris all played the game of their lives. Even Mary Ameruso, who couldn’t play due to an eye injury, showed up to root for her team.

Everyone on both teams played with a spirit that truly demonstrated why the St. Francis girls are the class of the CYO Novice division.

Although the soccer season is now finally over, and considering the scheduling difficulties inherent with Spring Soccer, we should all be looking forward to the upcoming fall season to see what the next chapter has to offer. But until then, congratulations to the girls of St Francis-2 on a great season and to all a great summer!

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