2007-04-27 / Sports

Brazil Shines As Peninsula Cup Soccer Kicks Off

By Jim King

Lorianna D'Alessandro, Caroline Kane, Daisy Trusttum and Celine McMahon chase the ball in a battle between Brazil and Italy. Daisy scored for Italy. Lorianna D'Alessandro, Caroline Kane, Daisy Trusttum and Celine McMahon chase the ball in a battle between Brazil and Italy. Daisy scored for Italy. It was an outstanding inaugural week for the Peninsula World Cup Soccer League with the teams from Brazil shining the brightest.

The Peninsula World Cup is a joint venture between St. Thomas More and St. Francis de Sales. Almost 500 children are competing in eight age groups. Each team is named for a World Cup country. All games are played at Ft. Tilden or Roxbury.

With six divisions in action, the Brazil teams posted a 4-1-1 record.

In the boys' second and third grade division, England topped Brazil 2-1, Italy beat Spain 4-2 and Germany bested Ireland 5-0.

In the boys' fourth and fifth grade division, Chris Ray netted a hat trick and Eric McKeown tallied his first career goal and an assist in Spain's 5-2 triumph over Italy. Patrick Feimer also scored for Spain. Dinytro Mysak was perfect in goal. Brazil edged England 3- 2 despite two goals by Zack Willis. Connor Ryan and Connor Pfister assisted on Zach's goals.

Lauren Durante (left) and Taylor Veigh (center) look to head the ball for Spain against Ireland. Taylor scored two goals. Lauren Durante (left) and Taylor Veigh (center) look to head the ball for Spain against Ireland. Taylor scored two goals. Germany won a tight match against Ireland, 1-0. In the boys' sixth to eighth grade division, Brazil beat England 4-1 and Italy topped Ireland 5-3.

On the ladies' side, Germany won a thrilling second and third grade game 1-0 over Ireland when Carolyn Good scored in the last 15 seconds. Brazil and England battled to a 3-3 tie. Shannon Rochelle scored twice and Catherine Gibson once for England. Emily Carlton scored twice and Kelly Davan once for Brazil. Spain blanked Italy 2-0.

In the girls' fourth and fifth grade division, Therese Boyle broke a scoreless tie with two second-half goals and Celeste Lynch added the final tally as Brazil triumphed 3-0 over Spain. In the boys' sixth to eighth grade division, Brazil beat England 4-2 and Ireland edged Italy 3-2.

The fourth and fifth grade girls kicked off the second week of action on Monday. Spain topped Ireland 4-2 on goals by Taylor Veigh (2), Mary Ellen Woods and Megan Kirk. Brittany Scheriff netted two for Ireland. Italy nipped Brazil 2-1 in the nightcap behind goals by Cassie Moriarty and Daisy Trusttum.

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