Playoff Hopes Come True For Many SFDS Soccer Teams
Compiled Reports by Paul King
(Editor's Note: part two of the wrapup will be featured in next week's Wave)
A busy final weekend of the season for St. Francis de Sales soccer saw many teams lock up their playoff berths.
The 4th grade boys swept a double header against Our Lady of Hope. The first game was a 4-0 win under the lights at Broad Channel. Thanks for the help of parents Joe, Mike, Sam and Richie putting up the nets.
The boys played like stars.
The passing by Ryan Hoffman, Luke Gersh, Tom Lynch, Joe Brown, Jimmy Howard, Max Frankel and Anthony Scotto made it easy for our team to find the net. Jimmy, who had sneakers on that night, was able to score two goals. Luke Gersh and Joe "Left Foot" Brown followed. Connor Ryan, Bard Featherston, Kevin McDonagh and Nicholas Cheng did a fine job controlling the ball. The defensive work by Tom Moragn, Michael Tammaro, Brendan Gallagher, and Michael Newman was awesome. The team wall Aidan Morgan and new goalie Augie Ameruso would not let any ball go by. The team Idol was Ryan Hoffman, Hustlers Max Frankel and Connor Ryan, and Sportsmanship Brendan Gallagher and George Baroudos.
The next game was a 1-0 win. Kevin McDonagh brought the ball down the wing, passed it off to Ryan Hoffman who crossed the ball to Anthony Scotto, who then blasted the ball by the Hope's goalie. The team Idol went to Jimmy Howard, Hustler Tommy Lynch and Sportsmanship Eddie Morgan.
The 8th grade girls finished their final, undefeated regular season with a thrilling 1-0 victory over Our Lady of Hope. Either St. Francis or Hope has won the Diocesan championship every year so these two teams are destined to meet in the post-season.
The 6th grade boys finished the regular season with a big win, topping St. Gregory's 9-1. Jimmy Wolfer powered the team to victory with an amazing five goals
The 6th grade girls opened the weekend with a tough first game against Hope. The girls played hard and never gave up. The offense of Erin Blum, Jenna Hoffman, Lauren Perrone, Lisa Puloski, Anna Pastina and Megan Rochelle kept the Hope's goalie at work. Erin Blum started de Sales off with the first goal followed by Jenna Hoffman with the second. Jessie Boland, Marissa Scotto, and Regina Paskoff did an awesome job at midfield. A third goal by St. Francis was waved off by the ref. The tough call only made Sales work harder. The defense of Braina Hart, Emily Santiago, Catherine Murphy, Kristen Henschel and Jennie O'Hara was on par in the second half. The girls gave it their all but ended up short with a 3-2 loss. Team awards were Idol Regina Paskoff, Hustler Marissa Scotto and Sportsmanship Briana Hart.
The girls had a different story the next game. They won 7-0 against St. Anastasia. Emily Santiago led the team with two goals. Lauren Perone, Marissa Scotto, Kelly Casey -who is always in the right place- Jessie Boland and Erin Blum each found the back of the net. The girls also found another goalie this week in Lauren Perrone. Team Idol went to Emily Santiago, Hustler Kelly Casey and Sportsmanship Jenna Hoffman
The 5th grade girls' team #2 locked up a playoff berth with two 2-0 victories. On Saturday, St. Francis struck early against Our Lady of the Snows with two goals in the first 15 minutes. Daisy Trusttum scored first and then set up Nicole Maranga for the game's only other goal. Lorianna D'Alessandro led the team with five shots. Deirdre McCool was also strong at the Legs position.
On Sunday, SFDS #2 again tallied twice in the first half, this time against its sister team, SFDS #1. Samantha Scaccia scored her first of the year with a blast inside the left post. Late in the period, Daisy dribbled patiently out of the right corner and passed to Lorianna who quickly relayed the ball to Therese Boyle. Therese buried it from five yards out. SFDS #1 applied relentless pressure late but Samantha, Ann Ryan and Casey McDade battled on the back line. Goalie Shannon Twomey made a diving save to preserve the shutout.
The 4th grade girls were matched against the undefeated team from Hope. After a scoreless half, St Francis was able to score on a breakaway goal and held on for a 1-0 victory to finish the regular season at 5-0. Strong defense, outstanding goaltending and great teamwork all helped contribute to the win. The 4th grade boys (North) went to Con Ed Field and won 4-0 with goals by Garret Murnan, Mike Papperelli and two goals by Dymtro Mysak - his first two-goal game. The boys finished the regular season undefeated and are ready for the playoffs.
The 3rd grade girls' Blue team completed their regular season schedule with a solid 3-1 victory over Hope #2. The girls finished with a 4 -1-1 record and look forward to next weekend's playoffs. Since the start of practice in late July, the girls have worked individually and as a team. Regardless of the outcome, the coaches and parents are all proud of their accomplishments.
The 3rd grade girls Gold team ended another regular season with no losses after a 3-2 victory over St. Luke's. Two power goals from wing Shannon Rochelle resulted in a tie game until Teresa Gallagher, dribbling through a pack of defenders, put a high one in the net late in the second half. Jackie Gallagher, in a season crowning performance, controlled the midfield with Gabby Breen, keeping the pressure on the Luke defense.
Allie McGuire prevented Luke from transitioning to offense with a strong defensive game at stopper while Mary Wrynn and Veronica Welch did an excellent drop clearing out any balls that got through. With a great positional game and aggressive play by the entire team, the girls enter the playoffs.
The 3rd grade boys' team finished their season undefeated with a record of 6-0.
The team had 19 players travel to Glen Oaks field for the finale but the opponent couldn't field a team. In an exciting scrimmage game, Kyle Connolly was able to score against the blue team, and the gold won, 1-0.
Ethan Ruiz and Michael Sweeny played aggressively in the attack position and Blaze McDonald-Smith and Colin Fiutak played both attack and defense in their middy positions. They all helped show that the team is ready for the championship playoffs next weekend, and we wish them luck.