1st Graders Give First Rate Effort For SFDS Soccer
(Editor's Note: In last week's Wave, the newspaper erroneously published a report stating that the St. Francis De Sales seven year old squirt soccer team tied their game against St. Thomas More. The St. Thomas More squirt soccer team boys remained undefeated as they beat St. Francis De Sales 2-1 on Saturday morning, October 7 at Fort Tilden. We regret the error.)
Saturday afternoon under the Throgs Neck Bridge, St. Francis de Sales 1st grade boys North team took on a formidable opponent from St. Anastasia. The boys from St Francis were up to the challenge, coming away with a 3-0 victory and extended their mark to 4-0 for the season.
In the early going, the home team launched a couple of attacks but de Sales' defenders Connor Baldwin, Griffin Brackley, Aidan O'Connor and Sean O' Connor kept the ball from reaching goalies Chris Rivara, who still has a clean sheet on the season. Luca Bartoli opened up the scoring in the 23rd minute on a ball from Robbie Rose. Liam Howley kept the pressure on with some nifty play through the middle and Striker Conner Smith had a nice shot on goal that deflected wide right before the halftime.
In the second half the visitors really dug in and John Moran added the second of the day at the 40 minute mark on a perfect pass from David Gavinovich who had an excellent game. Luca Bartoli added the third for St. Francis with his second of the day in the 47th. Aidan Donohue, Michael Edwards and Thomas Woods helped to keep the pressure on as the De Sales side pushed the attack until the final whistle blew.
The de Sales boys' South team (a.k.a. "The Turkeys") continues to play ferociously like a #1 team and is having fun despite two recent losses. They got back to their winning ways with a decisive victory by a score of 5-1 over Our Lady of Snows. St. Francis had contributions by four team members scoring goals, courageous goal keeping, crisp passing and a wall of a defense. The entire team deserves praise for their effort and good team work. The team would like give a shout out to Branden who can't be with the team right now.
On the girls' side, our first graders scored another victory, 1-0, against a strong team from Our Lady of Hope. Breanne McDonnell scored the sole goal. On offense, Kristen Bracci, Rebecca Boland, Lindsey DeBoer and Katie Marquardt all shined. We had excellent defensive play by Maya Fiutak, Aiah Kassim, Katie Barrett and Caroline Kelly. The goaltending of Brianna Bernath and Hannah Nicholson was exceptional.
The 2nd grade girls continue their winning streak with a 3-0 win over St. Luke's, which brings them to a 4-0 record this season. The first goal was by Maria Di Carlo with the assist from Nicole Gibson. The second goal came from Maria Di Carlo, assisted by Lauren "Speedy" Marten. The clincher came from a shot on goal by Molly Breslin which blasted off the post right to Nicole Gibson who put it in the back of the net. SFDS had a total of 38 shots on goal. Goalie Fiona Brackley was perfect. Tremendous plays came from Meghan Gigliello, Victoria Stagnitta, Lauren Moule and Devin Gavigan. Overall the team was outstanding.
On Sunday, the girls 3rd grade Blue team lost a tough match to St. Luke's 2-1. Despite dominating field position and scoring chances throughout the game, we were only able to score once, while St. Luke converted on the few chances they had in game.
The 3rd grade girls Gold team defeated St. Gregory's on Saturday 7-1. Bryn Nagel scored once while Tesse Gallagher and Shannon Rochelle each had a hat trick. The girls played with only one extra player this week and held their defense. Chelsea Filippi and Ryan Ward kept the ball away from our goal. Great job!
The 4th grade girls won 2-0 in a up-and-downhill battle against Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament. There were at least 20 saves made buy goalie Jenna Tipaldo with help from her defensive crew. An amazing 25-foot shot was made for the first goal by the leg of Celeste Lynch. The second came from Mary Ellen Woods, going up hill driving past the defense for an amazing goal. All in all the 4th grade girls played like it was a championship game.
The 5th grade girls' team #1 celebrated their first win of the season on Saturday, beating Our Lady of Snows 4-0. Facing a gusting wind in the first half, the SFDS defense played admirably, turning away most of Snows rushes. The couple of shots that reached the net were stopped by goalie Raina Dziuk. The offense, however, was unable to convert on several chances. The closest opportunity came when Meaghan Shevlin hit the post mid-way through the half.
In the second half, the SFDS offense used the strong tail wind to their advantage and scored four goals. Ciara Flynn recorded a hat trick, scoring three goals, and Hannah Kirk scored a goal as the ball rarely left the Snows end of the field.
The 6th grade girls topped St. Luke's by a score of 6-0. Marissa Scotto started it off with only 2:30 into the game with the first goal. Lauren Perrone followed the lead with a hat trick (3 goals). Megan LaCognata and Regina Paskoff finished it up with a goal each. The strong defensive plays by Brianna Hart, Jennie O'Hara, Lynn Rayder, Jillian Spataro, Catherine Muldoon, Catherine Murphy and Anna Pastina held Luke to no shots on goal. The team idol went to Kelly Casey and Regina Paskoff, Hustler Jessie Boland and Kayla Halvey and Sportsmanship Kaelin Riveria.
Back in boys' action, the 2nd grade North team played a blue vs. gold game because of a forfeit. It was non stop action. The goals for the blue team were scored by Connor Buckley who had two goals and was assists by both goals from Michael Sullivan, and Dominic Savino added the other two goals for the blue. The yellow team though topped the blue by one goal. The goals were scored by James Carlton and four by Kyle Hoffman. Dylan Carey, Christain Lanzetta, Jack Watt, and James Munson did a great job dishing the ball up to the forward line. This week's awards went to Idol Connor Buckley and Dylan Carey, Sportsmanship Michael Finnegan and Andrew O'Sullivan and Hustler Roland Wertz and Dominic Savino.
The 2nd grade boys South team played a tremendous game on Saturday with a 6-0 victory over St. Margaret's. The team worked really hard in all areas. The offense was outstanding as Billy McDonnell scored five goals and Michael Menechino scored one. Strong offensive support was provided by Jack Schluger. Matthew Coletta, Jonathon Machado and David Caspi. John Said, Eric Vanella, James McFadden and Randy Hanson also played well. Special mention should be made to James McManus who along with goalie Benjamin Edwards kept St. Margaret's scoreless.
The 3rd grade boys had their fourth straight victory in an exciting 8-1 match against Saint Gregory's. The leading scorer was John Scacia who made a hat trick with three goals. Kyle Connolly and Brian Ostrander both scored two, and Eoin Reen scored his first goal for the team. The goals were assisted by Alex Goldberg, Matt Paparelli, James Corrigan, Dillion Beehler and Jason Stabiner. The team played an agressive game until the end, including the amazing amount of energy shown by CJ Militano who lead the attack in the fourth quarter. The play of the game was an incredible save by the goalie, Damian Wincek, in the second half off of a penalty kick!
The 4th grade boys played hard in a 5-1 win against St. Margaret. The first 10 minutes, it was quiet, then de Sales brought it on. Luke Gersh scored two goals followed by Jimmy Howard who joined him with two more. Augie Ameruso topped it with the 5th goal from a cross by Eddie Morgan. Ryan Hoffman (3) and Kevin McDonagh (2) had assists. Tom Morgan, Michael Newman, Michael Tammaro, and George Baroudos played strong defensive game. The team wall Aidan Morgan took control of the net. The team Idol went to Luke Gersh and Jimmy Howard, Hustler Kevin McDonagh and Sportsmanship John Stewart.
The 4th grade boys North team once again was led by the strong play of Charles Gavigan (fourth goal of the season) and Ben Appleman (first goal). Backed by great defense St. Francis beat Our Lady Queen of Martyrs 4-0. Garrett Murnan had two goals.