2006-09-29 / Sports

Rain Can't Put A Damper of SFDS Soccer

By Paul King

Eighth grader James Mercer takes a corner kick against Assisi on Sunday.Eighth grader James Mercer takes a corner kick against Assisi on Sunday. St. Francis de Sales had another strong weekend despite the rain. The weekend featured an evenly matched game between our two third grade girls' teams.

In the pouring rain Saturday morning, St. Francis' 3rd grade girls' Gold team played against the St. Francis Blue team. It ended in a tightly contested tie, 2-2. Shannon Rochelle and Bryn Nagel both made a goal for the Gold team. Chelsea Filippi strongly protected Gold's goal. Allie McGuire, Morgan Koenig, and Jackie Gallagher played crucial roles in keeping the ball on the Blue side. The Gold team played excellently.

As for the Blue team, the girls played solid defense throughout and showed marked improvement as they passed the ball up the field. The coaches are proud of the way the girls are trying to think the game. Kelly Davan played an outstanding game in goal and this game marked the return of Meaghan La Sorsa from a foot injury. After the game, the girls from both teams shared cookies and drinks and had a great time together.

In other action, the first grade boys #1 team was pitted up against the strong squad from St. Mel's in Flushing. The team from St Francis came away with a 3-0 victory taking. It was the gritty play in the first half from Robert Rose, Griffin Brackley and Aidan Donahue that thwarted the early attacks of St. Mel's. Michael Edwards and David Gavinovich had outstanding games and Colm Williams and Patrick Watters opened things up in the middle.

Matty Ostrander would get the open space needed to slam home his first goal of the day on the assist from Conner Smith. When the St Mel's team got the ball on a breakaway, it was the skilled goaltending of Chris Rivera coming off the line that kept the score at 1-0 going into halftime.

In the second half, Matty Ostrander scored his second of the day. St Mel's mounted a couple of solid attacks late but superb defense from Liam Howley, Tomas Woods and Connor Baldwin preserved the shutout. Luca Bartoli scored at the 50 minute mark to seal the victory. St. Francis striker John Moran was almost added a fourth for the visitors.

The 2nd grade boys played a hard game this week against Assisi 1. It was a very physical game but the boys were ready for the challenge. Michael Sullivan, Dominic Savino, James Carlton, Dylan Carey and Mario Cimino controlled the midpoint of the field. The defense was led by Jack Watt and Anthony Cimino. The two goals were scored by the team's striker, Kyle Hoffman. Michael Finnegan, Danny Lynch, and David Caspi assisted with their offensive play. Team awards were given to Eric Potter (Idol), Dylan Carey (Hustler) and Matthew Meade (Sportsmanship).

The 3rd grade boys won their second straight game with a 2-1 victory over Our Lady of Grace. The game started off with an offensive drive lead by John Scaccia, Joe Gallo, and Dillion Beehler. After several shots on goal, Alex Goldberg made a direct kick which placed the ball in position for Kyle Connolly to shoot over his opponent's defensive line for an exciting goal. The second goal was scored by Alex Goldberg off his knee, when a kick by John Boyle rebounded off the goal post. The offense was supported by our two goalies, Damian Wianecki, and Nicholas Rivara, and a defensive line that was lead by James Corrigan.

The 4th grade boys North team traveled to Glen Oaks and thanks to the parents we had 20 kids. St. Francis won 4-0 with goals by Chris Ray, Mike Welsh, Charles Gavigan (his 2nd of the year) and Joe Savastano (also his 2nd) and great defense was played by all especially Karol Materna who stopped two penalty kicks.

The 4th grade boys' South team celebrated their 2nd victory with a win against Snows, 5-1. The boys demonstrated teamwork and kept the pressure on Snows throughout the game. Anthony Scotto, Max Frankel, Connor Ryan, and Luke Gersh did a great job at midfield. Tom Lynch, Jimmy Howard, Augie Ameruso, Ryan Hoffman and Eddie Morgan showed how teamwork is really down by their quick passes and pressure on Snow's goalie. The team was missing Michael Tammaro, their leader in the back. Michael Newman, George Baroudos, Tom Morgan, Bard Featherston, and John Stewart stepped up and did a great job defensively making it easy for our awesome goalie Aidan Morgan. This week's awards went to Max Frankel (Idol), Augie Ameruso and Anthony Scotto (Hustler), and Tom Morgan (Sportsmanship).

Finding a 7-Eleven on the road can be a good thing. Finding yourself 7 vs. 11 on the road is not good at all. Faced with that challenging situation, our 5th grade girls (#2) showed amazing grit against Hope #1. Goalie Shannon DeSilvia rose to the challenge, making 10 consecutive saves, several of the diving variety. With Shannon owning the penalty area and her defensive line of Anna Charles, Katie King and Ginna Davan challenging every shot, it took Hope almost 20 minutes to break through and score the only goal of the first half. Outsized and outnumbered, midfielders Therese Boyle and Nicole Maranga attacked valiantly but could not create scoring chances. Hope pounded in three goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half but St. Francis stayed proud and held firm the rest of the game.

The rain did not stop the 6th grade girls who displayed incredible teamwork to beat St. Gregory's 5-0. Megan LaCognata and Jennie O'Hara showed their leadership to the team by going to this week's game instead of their Irish Feis. The commitment and attitude of the team really pays off on the field. The goals were scored by Jenna Hoffman (2), Marissa Scotto, Lisa Pulkoski, and Jessie Boland. The assists were by Jenna Hoffman, Megan LaCognata, Marissa Scotto, Lauren Perrone and Lisa Pulkoski. The strong defensive plays by Emily Santiago, Catherine Murphy, and Kristen Henschel kept Gregory from getting a shot on goal. This week's awards were given to Jenna Hoffman (Idol), Lisa Pulkoski (Hustler), and Jennie O'Hara and Megan LaCognata (Sportsmanship).

The 7th grade girls won big against St. Gregory 8-0. Playing at Alley Pond Park on a wet Saturday, St. Francis dominated the whole game with great passing and a defense that never let the ball near the goalie.

The St. Francis de Sales 1st grade girls played an outstanding game on Sunday and celebrated their second win of the year by a score of 3-1 over St. Gregory's. The goals were scored by Angelina Meringolo, Breanne McDonnell and Kelly Ward. Alice Murphy and Lindsey DeBoer made key contributions both on offense and defense while Katie Barrett and Shannon Dziuk were both excellent in goal.

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