2006-12-08 / Sports

SFDS First Grade Soccer Boys, Girls Finish Outstanding Campaign

Compiled Reports by Paul King

The St. Francis de Sales Third Grade girls' team holds their trophies. The St. Francis de Sales Third Grade girls' team holds their trophies. The 1st and 2nd grade teams do not have a post-season but all six teams finished off great years. The 2nd grade girls, in their final game of the season, took a tough loss to Hope 4-3, bringing their season record to 7-1. All the girls played their hearts out but the outstanding Hope goal-tending stopped all but three shots on goal. The first goal was scored by Kaitlin Neiswenter assisted by Maria Di Carlo, the second by Colleen Gallagher also assisted by Maria Di Carlo and the final goal of the season by Emma Meade was assisted by Mollie Kuhlmann.

The coach would like to personally thank all the parents and grandparents who supported the team all season and looks forward to another great season next year.

The 2nd grade boys (North) tied Hope 2-2. It was an exciting game. The first goal was scored at 1:09 into the game by James Carlton. Mario Cimino followed with the second goal. The passing by Kyle Hoffman, Michael Sullivan, Connor Buckley, Christain Lanzetta and Anthony Cimino was a sight to see. The defensive players Jack Watt, Roland Wertz, Michael Finnegan, Andrew O'Sullivan, James Munson and Eric Potter did a great job clearing the ball out of their zone. Dylan Carey, Matthew Meade, Gregory Henschel, Danny Lynch and Dominic Savino took control of midfield.

This week's Idol went to Jack Watt, Hustler to the Cimino boys Mario and Anthony, and Sportsmanship to Michael Sullivan.

The 2nd grade boys (South) ended their season with a 0-0 tie against St. Anastasia. The pressure was on SFDS most of the first half. Thanks to the outstanding defensive plays by James McManus St. A's was unable to score. The team gained momentum in the second half of the game. Matthew Coletta was the offensive leader really moving the ball well. Jonathon Machado also stood out on offense this week.

Once SFDS started to work together, there was no stopping them. Michael Menechino, David Caspi, Billy McDonnell, James McFadden and Jack Schluger all made key plays in the midfield and at the goal. Randy Hanson has come a long way this season and played a good game. Our goalie, Benjamin Edwards, had two of the most incredible saves of the season. John Said was a tremendous help keeping the ball away. It was an exciting season and the boys should be proud of themselves.

The 1st grade girls wrapped up a great season with the next best thing to a win, a tie with Our Lady of Hope.

Hope got on the board quickly but St. Francis came back, with Breanne McDonnell putting one in for the tie. The girls came out fighting in the second half with the majority of play right in front of the opponent's net. Caroline Kelly, Makayla Beehler, Sinead Gallagher, Jessica Buckley all fought hard but that ball would just not get into the net.

There was great defensive play by Kristen Bracci, Kaleigh Gilroy, and Alice Murphy. Lindsey DeBoer and Angelina Meringolo did an excellent job in goal. Another great team effort!

The 1st grade boys' South team (the Turkeys) gobbled up another victory on their last day of play by a score of 1-0. It was a hard fought game against St. Thomas More but the boys were able to strut their feathers at the end because of good team defense, outstanding goalkeeping and late offensive heroics by the team. It was a pleasure to coach and watch them as they developed both individually and together as a team.

The final game of the season was a real nail-biter right up to the end for the 1st grade boys (North), as the de Sales team hosted stiff opposition and an unrelenting team in OLBS.

In the end, the game was decided on a masterfully taken penalty by Luca Bartoli in the 19th minute. The ball was up and down the field with both sides keeping the pressure on and the cat-like reflexes of Chris Rivara in goal ensured the victory for the home side. Final score: 1-0 de Sales.

St. Francis ended the season unbeaten and having not allowed a goal to be scored against them. Congratulations to a great team on a great campaign this season.

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