SFDS #2 Are Champs After Two Overtime Victories
St. Francis De Sales 3rd grade #2 soccer team won the Midget Division Diocesan Championship last weekend with two thrilling overtime victories. SFDS #2 outlasted defending champion and top seed St. Thomas More, 2-1, for the title on Sunday. The championship was decided in a sudden death shootout when Nicole Maranga buried the game winner in the back left corner and goalie Daisy Trusttum gobbled up St. Thomas’ seventh and last kick.
Daisy also scored a goal in the first round of the shootout, as did Therese Boyle. St. Thomas scored on its first two kicks of the first round but was stopped on its next five penalty kicks by Daisy.
After a scoreless, hard-fought first half, St. Francis broke through on a
goal Shannon Twomey with five minutes left in regulation. Battling against the wind, SFDS #2 connected on a series of passes that freed Shannon to put the ball inside the right post for what could have been the game winner.
St. Thomas answered right back, however. The game was knotted less than 60 seconds later on a long shot that was deflected past St. Francis’ goalie.
Neither team could take advantage of the wind during the two five-minute overtime periods. First, SFDS #2 had the edge and came close to scoring thanks to the strong efforts of Shannon De Silvia. Then St. Thomas was on the attack for most of the last five minutes.
St. Francis relied on midfielders Therese Boyle and Meaghan King to bolster the backline and force the shootout. Daisy Trusttum made several gutsy saves in traffic. Shannon Twomey returned from in-game injuries to help keep the game tied. Caitlin Byrne played her best game of the year.
On Saturday, SFDS #2 qualified for the finals by edging SFDS #1, also 2-1. SFDS #2 looked to have the edge early. With Samantha Scaccia and Annie Ryan applying pressure, SFDS #2 stayed on the offensive. Therese Boyle, who had an outstanding game, scored at the six minute mark as SFDS#2 led 1-0. However, the momentum shifted five minutes later on an amazing goal off a corner kick by SFDS #1.
Alexis Feldman arced the ball over SFDS #2’s wall to Hannah Kirk, who one-timed a high shot under the crossbar to tie the semifinal.
The game turned into a see-saw battle with long back-and-forth rushes in the hot sun.
SFDS #2’s back line of Ginna Davan, Anna Charles and Katie King made several great stops. SFDS #1’s goalie Raina Dziuk made two game-saving plays with diving efforts. Regulation ended 1-1.
At the end of the first overtime, Therese Boyle struck again. Therese scored from in front to put SFDS #2 ahead for good. Meaghan King, who played an excellent all around game, dropped back to sweeper position to help assure the margin of victory would stand. Kristie Carey played every position on the field during the win. Lorianna Dalassandro tried bravely to play with a foot injury.