2006-07-07 / Sports

SFDS Girls Win 2006 CYO Rookie Soccer Championship

By Bill Dunn

The SFDS 2006 CYO rookie soccer team.The SFDS 2006 CYO rookie soccer team. Led by a late first half goal scored by Caitlin Corcoran and a critical game saving stop by goaltender Christine Cappiello, the St Francis De Sales Girls captured the Spring 2006 CYO Rookie Soccer Championship by defeating Sacred Heart 1-0.

In an incredible test of wills, the game was decided by the SFDS girl's relentless defensive play. Led by the smothering play of Sarah Werner, the playmaking of Danielle Farragher, who assisted on the games only goal, and the shot blocking of Megan Dunn, the Sacred Heart girls were frustrated all game long.

The whole game was played with a fury that has become the trademark of a team that has now won 3 consecutive CYO Diocesan Championships. SFDS kept the pressure on all game long as Elizabeth Cholakis, Vanessa Ramos and Jillian Carmody, kept the Sacred Heart goaltender busy all game long. Add the tireless midfield play of Jillian Urcelay and Lauren Houck, and Sacred Heart was forced to play on it's heals for most of the game.

All season long SFDS shut down their opponents by not allowing any sustained offensive play. With Liana Denaro leading the way in the defensive midfield position, most of the games were played in the SFDS offensive zone. Although missing from the championship game, the two-way play of Frances Amodeo, Kacie Mainieri and Kailin Twomey caused all kinds of trouble for their opponents, often wearing them down by the 2nd half.

In fact, down the stretch of the season, the SFDS girl's domination was never more apparent as they outscored their opponents by a combined score of 24-2 while finishing the season with a 6 game winning streak.

However, this championship game was special by showing just how much depth the SFDS girl's have. With the crisp passes of rookie of the year Lucy Castillo, the hard gritty play of Chantal Lizzi and the strong offensive pressure of Alison McGovern the SFDS girls are a very tough team to play against. Throw in the defensive play of Christina Rocks, the playmaking of midfielder Grace McCaffrey and the quick feet of Marie Mattes it is easy to see why they don't give up many scoring opportunities. This victory showed just how important teamwork is. From the offense to the midfielders, to the defenders and the goaltender, this group of girls represents the true meaning of team. As a result they are once again CYO Diocesan champions.

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