2006-09-22 / Sports

SFDS Soccer Season Begins;Eight is Enough for 8th Graders

By Paul King

Erin Blum led the 6th Grade Girls to victory over St. Anastasia. Erin Blum led the 6th Grade Girls to victory over St. Anastasia. (This is the weekly wrapup for the St. Francis De Sales CYO Soccer program.)

St. Francis de Sales got the fall season off to a strong start last weekend, highlighted by the 8th grade girls 8-2 victory over St. Gregory's

In pursuit on another championship in their final season, St. Francis' seniors demonstrated an incredibly balanced attack with eight different girls finding the back of the net. In the first half, Kacie Mainieri, Annette Scotto and Christina Cordes scored to give SFDS a 3-0 lead that was ltrimmed to 3-1 by halftime. Goals by Vanessa Ramos, Elizabeth Cholakis, Jillian Carmody, Christine Cappiello and Kristin Ferrandino wore down their opponents in the second half.

At the end of the game, the St Gregory's coach congratulated our girls on a remarkable display of teamwork. In fact, the coach claimed that the defensive play and the playmaking by the St Francis girls was the best that he had ever seen. The terrific passing work of Kailin Twomey and Francis Amodeo showed a display of unselfishness that makes the SFDS girls so hard to play against.

The smothering defensive play led by Sarah Werner, Danielle Farragher, Megan Dunn, Liana Denaro, Chantal Lizzi and Christina Martin allowed SFDS to control the play virtually the whole game. The relentless play of Jillian Urcelay, Lauren Houck, Grace McCaffrey and Chrisitina Rocks denied the St Gregory's team any real sustained offensive play while setting of scores for their own team. In the end, it was a terrific display of how hard work and commitment to the team pays off on the field of play.

The 6th grade girls also had all of their goals scored by different players in a 7-0 win against St. Anastasia. The first goal was by Jenna Hoffman assisted by Marissa Scotto. Marissa continued the momentum with the second goal assisted by Megan La Cognata. The team kept it up with goals by Lisa Pulkoski, Erin Blum, Lauren Perrone, Catherine Murphy, and Lynn Rayder. Honors went to Erin Blum (Team Idol), Regina Paskoff and Marissa Scotto (Team Hustlers) and Kelly Casey for Sportsmanship.

In the girls' 5th grade division, it was an all St. Francis affair as team #2 topped SFDS #1 on goals by Annie Ryan, Shannon DeSilvia and Meaghan King. SFDS #2 got off to a very fast start but was thwarted by the outstanding goaltending of Raina Dziuk until a relentless Annie knocked in her own rebound. The rest of the half played evenly. In the second half, Shannon scored from in front. Meaghan, who had an excellent all-around game in the midfield, sealed the victory by converting a beautiful crossing pass from Ginna Davan.

The 4th grade boys' team #2 started off its fall season with a 5-0 win against St. Gregory. The first goal was by the striker Jim Howard. The team strived for more with goals by Anthony Scotto, Michael Tammaro, JoJo Brown assisted by Augie Ameruso, and Max Frankel. The Team Idol was Ryan Hoffman, Team Hustler Joe Brown and Sportsmanship honors went to Michael Tammaro. Connor Ryan and Michael Newman assisted with their hustle and strong plays.

The 4th grade girls also got off to a great start, winning 7-0 to a good St. Gregory's team. The first 10 minutes of the game went scoreless, with the powerful defense led by goalie Jenna Tipaldo and her defensive crew Kim Sluyk, Lisa Pellergrini, Celeste Lynch, Nikki Bracci and Serena Yannello. The team got their first break when Emma Knox kicked the ball up the field to Taylor Vegh, who scored the first goal. The second goal came when defender Yannello kicked the ball up field to Kerri Brennan who then passed ahead to Taylor Vegh for her second score.

Coach John Tipaldo was very impressed with that score because of how the girls passed the ball up ahead to each other. Another goal came from a very long defensive kick up field from Ms. Lynch to Cassie Moriarty for a goal. Another defensive pass from Erika Sorenson to Emma Collins led to a goal by Emma Michaels. Erin Klein assisted Merridth Connelly for a score as well. Other girls who helped on assists were Isabella Arikian, Courtney Blum, Kayla Kilgallen, Renne Simos, Courtney Nelson, and we can not leave out Mary Ellen Woods who was just all over the field attacking the ball with the rest of the team. Also, kudos to Taylor Vegh for scoring four goals, which at the end of the game Taylor said she would never have scored without all her teammates and teamwork.

On Sunday, the 3rd grade girls Blue team beat St Gregory's 7-1. The girls playing with only one sub on a very hot day, displayed excellent passing skills and were in position throughout the game. The hard work at practice has paid off and hopefully will continue throughout the upcoming season. The girls would like to welcome Hope Ciapetta to our team. She played her first ever soccer game and played like she has been playing for years. The girls are also looking to Meaghan La Sosa's return from the injury list.

Also on Sunday, the St. Francis de Sales 3rd grade girls Gold team had 100% attendance on opening day at Fort Tilden. They beat St. Anastasia 9-0. Goals were made by Shannon Rochelle (3), Tess Gallagher (3), Hayley Urban (1) - assisted by Tess, and Gabby Breen (2). The tough defense, led by Allie McGuire and Veronica Welsh, prevented the other team from scoring and kept SFDS on offense.

There were great performance from our new teammates Jenna Schmidt, Caitlin Drury and Ryan Ward - welcome to the team and keep up the great work!! The team is looking forward to a fantastic soccer season.

The 3rd grade boys team also got off to a great start with an important 2-1 against St. Francis of Assisi. Assisi was one of only two teams to beat SFDS last season. The goals were scored by John Scaccia and Kyle Connolly. The boys played great, and were on the offensive throughout the game. We had a full roster with 24 players, and they were all ready to play.

The 2nd grade boys team #1 gave it their all against Our Lady of Hope but were edged 3-2. St. Francis' goals were by Kyle Hoffman and Eric Potter. The Team Idol was Michael Sullivan, Team Hustler was Connor Buckley and the Sportsmanship honor went to Kyle Hoffman. Our "team wall," goalies Eric Potter and Mario Cimino did a great job in the net.

The 2nd grade girls started the season with a 2-0 victory over St. Gregory's. The first goal was scored by Kaitlin Neiswenter assisted by Maria Di Carlo and the second goal was scored by Molly Breslin assisted by Lauren Martin. The team had a total of 18 shots on goal with two slipping by the fantastic St. Gregory goalie. The team has six new additions this season with four unable to make the opening game but two of them playing outstanding in their first game (Ciara Smith and Colleen Gallagher). The first half goalie Lauren Moule played outstanding, saving four shots on goal.

Second half goalie Nicole Gibson had it much quieter thanks to the outstanding play in front of her. Superb defense by Mollie Kuhlmann, fantastic midfield by Lauren Martin (who does not stop running) and exceptional ball control by Courtney McCool kept all the pressure needed to bring home the win for the girls on their opening day.

It was an incredible weekend for the 1st grade boys teams as both squads started their first ever campaigns on a positive note. The squad from St Francis team #2 playing in the South division out performed the competition from Assisi #2 with a solid 1-0 victory. The goal scorer "Joe Joe" Alessandro scored early in the first half and from there on the solid play of Jonathon Allcock in goal, Griffin Skammel and Jack Bambury in the midfield shut down the opposition. In the Norht division, St Francis team #1 pulled off a 2-0 victory over Assisi #1 in a game that was a hard fought affair from the beginning.

Connor Baldwin and Thomas Woods gave the defense of the opposition fits with some probing runs early on and when the ball was finally slipped through to an eager Liam Howley, he hammered the ball into back of the net. The stout defense of the St. Francis team repelled all of the opposition attacks. Strong play from Luca Bartoli, John Moran and Matty Ostrander kept the pressure on and when Liam Howley got the ball on a breakaway he scored his second of the game.

The St. Francis De Sales 1st grade girls celebrated their first victory of the season against St. Gregory's on Saturday. The girls started off on the attack and Katie Marquardt scored the first goal on a breakaway from midfield. The team scored its second goal when Grace DeCresenzo ably dribbled the ball down the sideline to the goal where she passed it to Angelina Meringolo who tapped it in for a 2-0 lead. Maddie McDade, Kelly Ward and Kerrianne Blum all shined with their strong offensive play.

St. Gregory's fought back taking a number of shots on goal but those opportunities were thwarted by a strong defensive line of Caroline Kelly, Brianna Bernath and Shannon Dziuk. Aiah Kassim made a number of terrific saves to keep the score 2-0. Late in the first half, Jessica Buckley was able to notch the third goal for St. Francis when she put a deflected shot into the net. Midfielders Hannah Nicholson and Sinead Gallagher did an outstanding job feeding the ball to the front line.

In the second half, St. Gregory's had several opportunities to get on the scoreboard but Breanne McDonnell did an outstanding job in preserving the shutout with a number of sure-handed saves. It was a great way to begin the season!

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