St Francis 8th Grade Girls Are Fall 2006 CYO Soccer Champs!
In completing an undefeated season, the St Francis Girls have now won back to back Fall championships and 4 consecutive overall. They ultimately finished the season with a 15 game winning streak going back to the Spring season.
The game plan was simple against the always powerful Hope team. Start fast and finish strong. It had been their motto all season long and start fast they did. Right from the opening whistle the St Francis girls pressured Hope into making a mistake and it paid dividends early. Scooping up a loose ball Annette Scotto converted a 20 yard rocket past the Hope goalie for a 1-0 lead just 3 minutes into the game. All half long, Hope's pressure offense was thwarted by a rock solid defense led by Sarah Werner, Danielle Farragher, Liana Denaro and Megan Dunn who continuously boomed the ball away from any real trouble.
Late in the first half St Francis had Hope on the ropes and was awarded a penalty kick as result of sustained pressure deep in the offensive zone. Elizabeth Cholakis promptly buried a shot into the lower left hand corner of the net and St Francis went into halftime leading 2-0.
With just 30 minutes left in the season everyone was prepared for an onslaught from Our Lady of Hope who did everything they could to get back in the game. By converting on a penalty kick at the 16 minute mark of the second half, the Hope girls cut the lead to 2-1. However, St Francis had an answer just 3 minutes later when Elizabeth Cholakis scored her second goal of the game to give St Francis a 3-1 lead. Hope then showed why they were a championship caliber team when they later converted on a free kick from 25 yards away to trim the lead to 3-2 with just 6 minutes to play.
However, at this point Hope was starting to tire as a result of trying relentlessly to get back in the game. Impressively executing the second half of the game plan by finishing strong, the girls of St Francis then totally dominated the remainder of the game. First Elizabeth Cholakis completed a hat trick by scoring her third goal of the game with just 3 minutes to play to give St Francis a 4-2 lead. Finally with 1 minute to play and the St Francis team in total control Jillian Carmody finished the scoring by blasting a shot past the goalie to make the final score 5-2 .
Playing strong to the final whistle was nothing new to the St Francis girls. In a game earlier in the season Kailin Twomey scored a game winner with just 30 seconds left in the game off of a beautiful corner kick play. Who could forget the hustle and desire displayed by Vanessa Ramos as she scored 3 goals in the semi final playoff game against St Thomas More; or the passing of Grace Mc Caffrey who set up one of the most beautiful goals of the season against St Virgilius.
Never will we forget the game winner scored by Kacie Mainieri against Hope to secure home field advantage when she boomed a free kick 30 yards in the top left corner off the net; or the goal scored by Christina Cordes on opening day as she drove toward the net and wouldn't be denied; or the always effective 2 way play of Lauren Houck.
The 3 opportunistic goals scored by Kristin Ferrandino; or the defensive plays and booming goal scored by Jillian Urcelay against the Martyrs; or the stifling defensive plays all year from Chantal Lizzi and Christina Rocks; or the terrific goaltending from Fallon Mullen and Christine Cappiello, who also happened to score a goal in the game against St Gregory's; or the quick explosive hustle of Chrisitna Martin, Marie Mattes and Lucy Castillo; the power game of Alison McGovern, whose season was cut short due to a broken bone in her wrist. And last but not least the best two way players in the CYO in Francis Amodeo, who has always sacrificed personal glory to help the team win and Caitlin Corcoran who was out for most of the season due to an ankle injury but still remains the leagues best play maker and a brilliant soccer player overall.
There were so many great memories from this season and all during the past 4 seasons. There were so many exciting moments provided by the tireless effort from all of the girls. As parents we should be very proud. As a community we should know that we were well represented by the best that CYO had to offer. It has been a joy and a privilege to have just been part of it.