St. Francis De Sales Soccer Breezes Past 3 of 4 Opponents
Mother Nature wreaked havoc on the soccer fields last weekend. After all of Saturday's games were washed out, St. Francis cut through the fierce wind on Sunday to prevail in three out of four matches.
The 1st grade girls continued their winning streak with a victory over Our Lady of Hope, 6-3. The wind was a major factor at Fort Tilden but the girls were able to fight back from an early deficit to go on a scoring run once the wind was at their backs.
Breanne McDonnell and Katie Marquardt were the leading scorers with two goals each, assisted by Carly McCann, Rebecca Boland, Lindsay DeBoer and Caroline Kelly. Maddie McDade was able to convert her breakaway into a goal. Makayla Beehler made a tremendous effort in the latter part of the second half, dribbling the ball almost the entire length of the field. Kelly Ward was able to knock it in right at the net. Ashley Kelley and Jessica Buckley provided steady, aggressive goaltending aided by the strong defense/midfield play of Taylor Slakman, Shannon Dziuk and Aiah Kassim.
On an afternoon where wind gusts reached upwards of 40 mph and defense was the name-of-the-game, the 5th grade girls' team #1 lost a tough match to St. Thomas More, 1-0. Neither team could penetrate the other's defense- or the wind- until St. Thomas scored late in the game.
The SFDS defense played admirably, with kudos going to Stephanie Zwirn, Morgan Juneau, Amanda Hernandez and Victoria Rivara, who played toughest in the second half, when the wind was in their faces. Credit also must go to goalies Raina Dziuk and Gabby Donofrio whose saves, and subsequent return kicks, put the team in the best position to start scoring rushes. The 6th grade girls came on strong this weekend with a 7-1 win against St. Virgilius. The first goal by Jenna Hoffman (two goals) was 44 seconds into the game. Anna Pastina, Emily Santiago, Megan LaCognata and Lynn Rayder (two goals) also found the back of the net.
The goals would not have happened if it weren't for the assists by Kristen Henschel (three assists), Lauren Perrone, and Jessie Boland. Megan Rochelle, Erin Blum, Lisa Pulkoski, Marissa Scotto and Kailen Riveria kept the pressure on the goalie throughout the game.
The team's Cats --Murphy and Muldoon- did a great job defensively. Jennie O'Hara, Regina Paskoff and new goalie Marissa Scotto did a fine job in net. This week's Hustler award went to Jillian Spataro and Megan Rochelle. The team Idol was Lynn Rayder and the Sportsmanship award went to Emily Santiago.
By the time the 8th grade girls took the field, the winds at Fort Tilden were even fiercer. Undeterred, St. Francis beat an excellent Sacred Heart team 3-0. Led by two goals from Elizabeth Cholakis and one by Kailin Twomey the St Francis girls dominated the game from start to finish, even with the wind gusting over 40 miles per hour.