2006-10-27 / Sports

Deuces Are Wild For St.Francis de Sales Soccer

Compiled Reports By Paul King

Ryan Hoffman (left) and Jimmy Howard pursue the ball in 2-0 win against St. Gregory's. Jimmy had both goals and Ryan one assist. Ryan Hoffman (left) and Jimmy Howard pursue the ball in 2-0 win against St. Gregory's. Jimmy had both goals and Ryan one assist. It was another great week for St. Francis soccer features two pairs of victories by our younger girls' teams.

The 2nd grade girls continued their streak with two victories, 1-0 against St. Thomas More and 4-0 against St. Gregory's. The sole goal against More came from Maria Di Carlo, assisted by Kelly Santiago. The whole team was outstanding. On Sunday, the first two goals against St. Gregory's were from Maria Di Carlo assisted by Emma Meade and Kelly Santiago.

The third goal from Emma Meade assisted by Megan Twomey and the final one from Courtney McCool assisted by the powerhouse Kelly Santiago. Exceptional plays came from Lauren Moule, Carli "pigtails" Bopp, Devin Gavigan and Mollie Kuhlmann. Ciara Smith and Colleen Gallagher held the midfield together with tremendous support in the defense by Taylor Tsatsis, Alexandra Weigert, Ava Evangelista and Meghan Gigliello (Great job as goalie also). Also a strong game was done by Nicole "Birthday girl" Gibson in her seventh season on earth.

The 1st grade girls also defeated St. Thomas More (2-0) and St. Gregory's (1-0). It was an awesome effort against St. Thomas More. Each girl made a significant contribution. We had exceptional play on defense/midfield by Ashley Kelley, Makayla Beehler and Grace Moroney. On offense, Rebecca Boland quickly knocked in the first goal, ably assisted by Breanne McDonnell. Sinead Gallagher did an excellent job fighting to put the ball in the net after a number of unsuccessful shots on goal.

Jessica Buckley, Maddie McDade and Carly McCann were offensive standouts. Kelley Ward and Caroline Kelly were superior goaltenders. Against St. Gregory's, Caroline Kelly led a breakaway from midfield to the goal where Angelina Meringolo was able to put the ball into the net. Alice Murphy, Katie Marquardt, Taylor Slakman and Kaleigh Gilroy did an excellent job delivering offensive pressure throughout the game. Kerrianne Blum and Rebecca Boland made a number of terrific saves to preserve the shutout.

The 3rd grade girls' Blue team to the Bridge and beat a very physical Our Lady of Hope team 3-0. The girls played a very solid game defensively and won the game due to their superior passing skills. The girls thank Kelly Davan for her outstanding goaltending and her sacrifice for the team.

With aggressive play from their wings, Bryn Nagel (1) and Shannon Rochelle (2), the 3rd grade Gold girls won 5-2 in a physical game against Hope #2. Constant pressure on the ball from Gabby Breen and Jackie Gallagher, coupled with strong support from the centers Hayley Urban and Tesse Gallagher (2) contributed to the offensive spectacle. A steadfast game from all the substitutes and a tenacious defense led by Morgan Koenig and Allie McGuire resulted in a remarkable display of teamwork.

The 7th grade boys played their best game of the season. Playing against Our Lady of the Snows at Alley Spring with four key players missing, including top scorer Mathew Alessandro, our boys were forced to step up, and they really did. Scott Applemen, who had never score a goal prior to last week, scored three times and had a fourth ball hit the upright and bounce out. Also scoring was the ever-in-the-mix AJ Santiago and Jonathan Maranga. Capping things off was a penalty shot that John Maiocca blew through the goalie to make it a 6-0 rout. The defense was spectacular holding Snows scoreless and Connor Gallagher was unstoppable at clearing the ball and setting up the forwards.

The 1st grade boys (North) continued their unbeaten streak as they beat Assisi #1 by a score of 3-0 in Astoria Sunday afternoon.

The defense again played exceptionally well, as they withstood the pressure of the Assisi team and goalie Chris Rivara once again kept the opposition scoreless. The first goal for St Francis was scored on a beautifully struck penalty kick in the 18th minute by Luca Bartoli. In the second half, Luca added his second of the day on a long range shot. The third goal was scored by David Gavinovich on a pass from Jag Guidarelli. Other notables Patrick Waters, Matthew Mattes & Colm Williams all had great games.

The 1st grade boys South team (The Turkeys) played another hard fought game resulting in a 2-2 tie. The team once again demonstrated great teamwork and the ability to fight back despite being down a goal twice. Every member contributed with both good defense by Gobbling up the balls or with feisty offense that included brilliant passing that kept the ball on the other team's side of the field most of the game. It was a total team effort.

The 2nd grade boys South team battled to a scoreless tie against Hope. With just enough players for a full squad, the boys wore themselves out putting the pressure on. Matthew Coletta had a great game and was the offensive leader.

Also instrumental in keeping the ball in Hope's end during the first half were Billy McDonnell, Jonathon Machado, and David Caspi. James Mc- Manus and Jack Schluger really shined on offense this week. This team improves each week in terms of teamwork. In the second half, the skills of fearless goalie Benjamin Edwards were tested and he came through again. Thanks to Eric Vanella and Randy Hanson who both had their best games so far. Awesome teamwork was displayed by John Said and James McFadden.

The 2nd grade boys North team did a great job on passing and teamwork this week. It showed with a 3-1 win against St. Mel's. The first goal was scored by Kyle Hoffman (he also had the third) followed a goal by Connor Buckley with his strong left foot. The goals were assisted by Michael Sullivan, James Carlton, and Dominic Savino. Danny Lynch and Gregory Henschel showed their dribbling skills and hustle on the field to deserve the Team Hustler. Eric Potter, Mario Cimino, Andrew O'Sullivan did a great job defensively. The Idol went to James Carlton and Sportsmanship to James Munson.

The 4th grade boys worked hard fighting the wind and beat St. Gregory's 2-0. The coaches were proud of their team how they showed there sportsmanship in this week's game. Jimmy Howard showed his stuff this week with both goals. He was assisted by Tommy Lynch, Ryan Hoffman, and Conor Ryan. The halfbacks Anthony Scotto, Kevin McDonagh, Bard Featherston and Joe Brown did a great job controlling midfield. Michael Tammaro was on this week, not letting Greggs go by him. He had help from Michael Newman, Tom Morgan and Nick Cheng. This week's awards went to Michael Tammaro (Idol), Nick Cheng (Sportsmanship) and Joe Brown (Hustler).

In a battle of the 6th grade titans, our girls played a hard game against Sacred Heart. It could have gone either way. The girls did a great job with passing and talking on the field. Lauren Perrone, Jenna Hoffman, Erin Blum, Lisa Pulkoski , Megan Rochelle and Kelly Casey kept the pressure on the goalie all game. Halfbacks Marissa Scotto, Jessie Boland and Regina Paskoff worked non-stop.

The defensive work by Kristen Henschel, Jennie O'Hara, Emily Santaigo, Lynn Rayder, Anna Pastina, and Brianna Hart was awesome. The team had more shots but came up short, 2-1. This week's awards went to Kristen Henschel (Idol), Anna Pastina

Sportsmanship), and Lauren Perrone and Jessie Boland (Hustlers).

The 5th grade girls' team #2 dug out of a hole to tie St. Margaret 2-2. St. Margaret's scored on the opening play of the second half to take a 2-0 lead. St. Francis rallied against the wind with excellent speed and passing. Casey McDade poked in the first goal from in front. Therese Boyle, who was marked all game, tucked the tying goal inside the left post. Meghan King stopped several counterattacks while her teammates pressed for a winning goal. Lorianna Dalasandra and Samantha Scaccia played smartly.

The 4th grade girls won their forth game of the season by the score of 2-1 thanks to a total team effort.Outstanding defense by Kerri Brennan, Meridith Connelly, Celeste Lynch, and Erin Klein, great goaltending by Kayla Killgallen and Jenna Tipaldo, and timely goals by Emma Knox (assisted by Emma Collins) and Mary Ellen Woods (assisted by Isabella Arikian) helped sealed the victory.

The 3rd grade boys won their fifth straight game against Our Lady of Hope, 3-1. The first goal was scored by Matt Paparelli, after an exceptional defensive play by Brendan Woods, which set him up. The second goal was scored by Dillon Beehler after a long drive. The third and final goal was scored by Alex Goldberg, who still had enough energy, even after winning the 1/2-mile race for the novices at the CYO track meet. The defense fought off several attempts by Hope to score, with strong plays by both Ryan Olson and Sean Meier. It was a very exciting game!

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