SFDS Soccer Rolls On For Victories In Any Weather
The weather changed from wet to windy last weekend but St. Francis de Sales soccer teams remained steady and strong. The weekend featured many tough games against St. Thomas More, highlighted by a trio of 2-0 games in Breezy Point on Saturday.
The 5th Grade girls (#2) triumphed in an important, hard-fought 2-0 battle against More's spring season champions. Daisy Trusttum keyed the victory with two goals in the first half and flawless goaltending in the second. The seesaw first half was scoreless for 15 minutes. One of goalie Shannon Twomey's excellent clearing throws led to a break that Daisy finished off by powering up the middle and slipping the ball inside the right post. After Daisy's second goal, midfielder Therese Boyle dropped back to help protect the lead until half. After intermission, More was relentless with the wind at its back. Defenders Anna Charles and Ginna Davan rose to the challenge, fighting every More sortie. Sweeper Casey McDade made three critical clears. Daisy made six saves. Deirdre McCool, Shannon De Silvia and Shannon Twomey counterattacked with long rushes but St. Thomas' goalie Elora Barbosa kept SFDS from increasing the lead.
Prior to that game, the 4th grade boys (South) won a tough game against More, also 2-0. St. Francis played with just 12 boys who really gave it their all. Anthony Scotto and Max Frankel were on fire. Anthony scored both goals that were assisted by a cross from Max. The team had help from great defensive plays by Michael Tammaro, George Baroudos and Tom Morgan. Bard Featherston, Jimmy Howard and Eddie Morgan did a fine job working the ball in front of the goal. New players Brendan Gallagher and James Marotta had a good game on the wing. Goalie Aidan Morgan was unbelievable in net. The team idol awards were given to Max Frankel, Anthony Scotto, Tom Morgan and Aidan Morgan. Hustler was Eddie Morgan and Sportsmanship went to James Marotta.
In the nightcap, the 3rd grade girls' Blue team earned a hard fought 2-0 victory, with excellent games played by all the girls on both teams. The coaches for SFDS are pleased with the continued improvement in passing and positioning that the girls have shown. It shows that their hard work at practice is paying off and hopefully will continue throughout the season.
In another exciting display of soccer, the 3rd grade girls' Gold team won against OLBS 5-1. Prodigy Tesse Gallagher scored an amazing five goals with help from forwards Shannon Rochelle, Ryan Ward, Hayley Urban and Bryn Nagel. Strong support was provided by her sister, Jackie Gallagher, whose hustle along with fellow midfielders Gabby Breen and Cecelia Hanson helped control the midfield. A solid defense from fullbacks Hayley Henry and Caitlin Drury, with stellar play in the center by stopper Morgan Koenig and sweeper Veronica Welsh, was coupled with outstanding saves from goalies Chelsea Filippi and Julianna DeSilvia.
The 5th grade girls' team #1 lost to St. Margaret's, 4-1. Despite the score, Raina Dziuk played tremendously in goal, making one sparkling save after another. Also, Annie Reinhardt gets honorable mention for the lone St. Francis goal.
The 4th grade boys (North) won a hard fought contest at Crocheron Park against OLBS, 2-1. Goals were scored by Chris Rayhis (his second) and Charles Gavigan (his third) with outstanding defensive play by Ben Appleman, Joe Savastano, Karol Materna and John Whelan.
The 4th grade girls' team won their second straight game, topping St. Mel's. Mary Ellen Woods scored the two goals, with the assists by Taylor Vegh and Emma Michaels. In the second half, SFDS changed goalies from Jenna Tipaldo to Serena Yannello. Serena, in her debut at goalie, had four saves. A great job was done by the whole team.
The 2nd grade girls continued their roll with another 3-1 victory, this time over St. Thomas More. Starting the scoring again this week was Molly Breslin, assisted by Kelly Santiago. After helping with the assist, Kelly Santiago boosted her statistics with the second goal of the game assisted by Maria Di Carlo. The final goal for SFDS came from a fast past by Lauren "Speedy" Marten to an unstoppable Gwynivere McGee who split the defense and blasted the back of the net. In the first half, goalie Lauren Moule stopped four shots with one slipping by her, causing the SFDS defense to tighten up. The second half, led by Carli "Pigtails" Bopp in goal, stopped a total of seven shots on goal helping solidify the final 3-1 victory. With a strong left side of offense, Courtney McCool helped keep most of the action on St. Thomas More's side of the field. The midfield was held together by Devin Gavigan and the defense this week was held solid by strong plays by Meghan Gigliello, Mollie Kuhlmann and Bridget O'Rourke.
The 2nd grade boys played hard in a 1-1 tie against their friends and classmates from St. Thomas More. The team was led by the outstanding offensive duo Billy McDonnell and Kyle Hoffman. Also helping with strong offensive play at midfield were Matthew Coletta, Michael Menechino and Jonathan Machado. Randy Hanson and James McFadden provided great support with both offense and defense. The coaches were very proud of the team and how well they all worked together, especially on defense. James McManus, Eric Vanella, Jack Schluger and John Said did a terrific job assisting goalie Benjamin Edwards who played a strong game.
The 6th grade girls played an unbelievable game against St. Thomas More and won 3-1. The first goal was a driving by Megan LaCognata at the 18 yard box. The following two goals were by Lauren Perrone. The assists were by Jenna Hoffman, Anna Pastina and Erin Blum. Jennie O'Hara did an awesome job in goal, stopping a total of nine shots. The girls showed their solid defensive with plays by Brianna Hart, Kristen Henschel, Emily Santiago, Lynn Rayder, and Catherine Murphy. Regina Paskoff, Jessie Boland, Marissa Scotto, and Megan LaCognata did a great job controlling midfield and passing the ball up to their attackers. Jenna Hoffman, Erin Blum, Megan Rochelle, Catherine Muldoon (usually plays fullback), Lisa Pulkoski, Kelly Casey, and Lauren Perrone did a great job working the ball on the forward line. It was exciting game to watch. The team awards went to Idol Jennie O'Hara with her great hands, Lauren Perrone, and Megan LaCognata. The sportsmanship award was handed to Lynn Rayder and the Hustler Award to Lisa Pulkoski.
The 1st grade girls played a tough defensive struggle against St. Thomas More, fighting to a 1-1 tie. St. Francis' goal came when Rebecca Boland lead a breakaway from midfield, dribbling the ball all the way down to the goal where Breanne McDonnell was able to put it in for a 1-0 lead. Taylor Slakman and Makayla Beehler did a terrific job in goal, with both girls making several excellent saves. Their job was made easier by the strong defensive play of Ashley Kelley, Aiah Kassim and Kaleigh Gilroy. St. Thomas More was able to tie it up with seconds to play. Both teams did an excellent job fighting it out to the finish.
The 1st grade boys team #1 faced the stiffest opposition yet as they took their mark to 3-0 on the season with a 1-0 victory over St. Andrews on Saturday. They fended off the relentless attacks in the first half by the side from St. Andrews. Chris Rivara again played an outstanding game in goal as he stopped a couple of dangerous shots from getting past him. On defense Jag Guidarelli, Connor Baldwin, Aidan O'Connor and Michael Edwards all played outstanding and the St. Francis side has not given up a goal yet this season.
Thomas Woods, Luca Bartoli, John Moran and Patrick Watters in the midfield pressed the attack whenever possible into a stiff wind in the first half. Robbie Rose had a great shot on goal right before the half on a ball from Colm Williams that the goalkeeper for St Andrews made an excellent stop on. In the second half, playing with the wind, the De Sales side pressed the attack with Conner Smith, Aidan Donahue giving the opposition fits with some nifty play up front The deadlock was broken in the 45th minute
as Matty Ostrander slammed the ball home. Griffin Brackley played his heart out and showed some great skill running with the ball late in the game as the
St. Francis side kept the pressure on until the final whistle.
More impressive than all the athletics described above was the performance of our 8th grade boys. Their opponent, St. Mel's, was shorthanded. The coach had asked if SFDS would delay the game so Mel's didn't forfeit. Unfortunately, even at the later time, St. Mel's only had seven players, enough to play but certainly too few for a fair game.
Coach Guy Maranga asked his twelve boys, who have played short handed against full squads more then a few times, and as a team SFDS decided to play with only seven also. The referee made note that it was perfectly with in the rules for us to side a full eleven. Guy told him his team understood that, but felt it was not fair. In the end, a well-played game ensued and St. Francis triumphed 4-1. More importantly, a little bit of good sportsmanship was learned by all.