2006-12-01 / Sports

SFDS Soccer Caps Super Season With Four Crowns

Reports Compiled By Paul King

SFDS Soccer Caps Super Season With Four Crowns
Reports Compiled By Paul King

SFDS 5th Grade Girls
SFDS 5th Grade Girls Four St. Francis de Sales soccer teams won Diocesan Championships, putting the finishing touches on a season that produced:

.723 winning percentage for our 22 teams, 14 of 16 playoff eligible teams qualifying for post-season play, 8 undefeated regular seasons, 6 Diocesan runners-up, 4 Diocesan Champions, the most by any parish

The four teams that won the championship were the 3rd grade girls (Gold), 4th grade boys (South), 6th grade boys and 8th grade girls. It was the second consecutive year a St. Francis 8th grade girls' team left the field for the final time with the Diocesan title. This year's edition was also undefeated at 9-0. Their final victory was 5-2 over Our Lady of Hope.

The 6th grade boy's team won its championship in dramatic fashion, defeating St. Luke's 1-0 on a last-minute goal. Matt Linares scored the decisive goal with an assist by Mark Basoa. Goalie Charlie Wander earned the shutout.

The 4th grade boys' championship game was an all-St. Francis affair again and our two teams proved why they are the cream of the crop. The evenly matched game ended in a 1-1 tie and was decided by a shootout. The South division team prevailed.

SFDS 5th Grade Boys
SFDS 5th Grade Boys The 3rd grade girls Gold team also won the title via a shootout, 2-1. They capped their third undefeated season with a championship over Hope. In a physical game, SFDS scored first with a goal by Shannon Rochelle in the first half. Despite gutsy play by the defense, Allie McGuire, Julianna DeSilva, Veronica Welch, Caitlin Drury and Mary Schilling, Hope answered with their own goal before the end of the first half.

In the second half, forwards Hayley Urban, Ryan Ward, Bryn Nagel and Mary Schilling supported by midfielders Gabby Breen and Jacqueline Gallagher pressed the attack but were unsuccessful in putting the ball in the goal. Decisive play by goalie Chelsea Filippi prevented Hope from scoring as well, leading to a tie game at the end of regulation.

After a scoreless overtime the girls in Gold returned to the penalty mark for their second shootout in two weeks. Morgan Konig, Shannon Rochele and Teresa Gallagher scored on their shots, which were only matched by two goals from Hope. The girls appreciated the continuous support from their parents and coaches and are looking forward to defending their undefeated streak next season.

In addition to the 4th grade boys North team, five other St. Francis squads finished as Diocesan runner-ups: the 3rd grade boys, 4th grade girls, 5th grade boys, 5th grade girls, and 6th grade girls.

The 3rd grade boys fell behind Hope 3-0 but rallied in the second half.

SFDS was on the offensive the entire second half with strong plays by Matt Paparelli, Dillon Beehler, Brian Ostrander and Alex Goldberg. Our goal was scored by John Scaccia off of a drive made by Kyle Connolly, who was the high scorer on the team for the season. In the second half, the defense kept Hope from scoring with strong plays by John Boyle, Ethan Ruiz, and Brendan Woods. The midfield positions were played aggressively by James McElhatton, and Eion Reen. It was a very exciting game, and while we would have preferred to win, the boys had an overall great season.

The 5th grade girls also fell to Hope, 1-0. Hope, the top seed, scored early and was aggressive all game but our backline of Ginna Davan, Casey McDade and Anna Charles showed their grit. Despite the hustle of Samantha Scaccia and Deirdre McCool and strong scoring attempts by Shannon DeSilvia and Therese Boyle, St. Francis could not force overtime.

Special thanks go to 8th grade girls' coach Bill Dunn for all of his hard work in his first year as our soccer athletic director. Thanks also go to his predecessor, Ron McGrisken, who oversaw the growth of the St. Francis program even after his children had moved on to high school and college.

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