2007-09-28 / Sports

St.Francis Soccer Still Hot As Fall Season Begins

Compiled by Paul King

Ciara Flynn (center) battles Lorianna D'Alessandro (#63) in the game between St. Francis' two sixth grade girls' teams. Lorianna scored twice in this game. Therese Boyle (at right) scored four times the next day. Ciara Flynn (center) battles Lorianna D'Alessandro (#63) in the game between St. Francis' two sixth grade girls' teams. Lorianna scored twice in this game. Therese Boyle (at right) scored four times the next day. St. Francis de Sales CYO soccer teams ushered in the fall season with a heat wave of blistering offense and some stone cold defense last weekend.

Plenty of great defense was on display in the third grade girls battle between St. Francis and St. Thomas More. More turned back 27 shots, but a goal by Molly Breslin earned de Sales a 1-0 victory. Breslin (1) was assisted by Nicole Gibson. St. Francis received outstanding play in goal by Bridget Breslin, Devin Gavigan, and Fiona Brackley. The rest of the team played well, after a long summer vacation. The team welcomes two new additions who played great, Paulina Ruta and Beatrice Rose Fay.

On the other end of the spectrum, the seventh grade girls had eight different players find the net in a 9-2 win against St. Anastasia. Our girls were on fire...everything was going their way with the passing, dribbling and communication on the field. Jenna Hoffman scored two goals, and Regina Paskoff, Erin Blum, Lisa Pulkoski, Emily Santiago, Lauren Perrone, Marissa Scotto and Kristen Henschel tallied one each. Brianna Hart, Kelly Casey, Megan Rochelle, and Cat Murphy did a great job working the ball offensively.

John Baroudas of the first grade team dribbles en route to the first goal of the game (and the season) vs. St. Andrews. John Baroudas of the first grade team dribbles en route to the first goal of the game (and the season) vs. St. Andrews. The defense (Jillian Spataro, Kaelin Riveria, Emily Gifford and Catherine Muldoon) did a fine job clearing the ball out of the 18. The team wall, who always steps up to the challenger, is goalie Jennie O'Hara.

The Team Idol was Jenna Hoffman; Team Hustlers were Catherine Muldoon and Megan Rochelle; and Team Sportsmanship went to Lauren Perrone for her positive attitude.

The seventh grade boys also put on a fine offensive display, defeating St. Gregory's by a score of 7-1. Goals were scored by Charlie Marquardt (2), Kevin Magee, Patrick Goldberg (2), Joe Gusmorino and Ray Henry. Thomas Arikian had 3 assists.

The third grade boys won their first game of the season, 5-0 against St. Margaret. James Carlton started the season with a hat trick, followed by the drive of Christian Lanzetta's goal, and Dominic Savino topping it off with the final goal. Kyle Hoffman, Connor Buckley, Matthew Coletta, Johnathan Machado, Michael Menechino and David Caspi worked well together, offensively.

Danny Lynch, James McManus, James Munson, Andrew O'Sullivan, John Said, Jack Watt, Eric Vanella and our team wall, Benjamin Edwards, did a great job keeping the ball away from the net. The Team Idol goes to Carlton, Team Hustler to Lanzetta and Team Sportsmanship to Edwards.

One of the more dramatic games was a come-from-behind victory by the sixth grade girls (#2), against a sharp Sacred Heart team, on Sunday. Trailing 2-1 at halftime, St. Francis raised its game and scored four unanswered goals to triumph, 5-2. Therese Boyle scored four goals, three in the second half. Lorianna D'Alessandro scored on a rebound; for the final tally. The comeback was keyed by the second half hustle of Daisy Trusttum, Casey McDade and Meaghan King, but would not have been possible without the heroic efforts of Ginna Davan.

With her team in trouble, Davan took over at goalie with five minutes left in the first half and blanked Sacred Heart the rest of the way. It was Davan's first game in goal ever.

A day earlier, SFDS #2 notched its first win against SFDS #1. After Hannah Kirk tied the game for SFDS #1 early in the second half, D'Alessandro netted two blasts for the margin of victory. Ann Ryan opened the scoring in the first half by converting a pair of nice passes by King and Shannon De Silvia.

Another dramatic come-from-behind victory followed the sixth grade on Sunday. Honing their skills this summer, playing against older boys and girls, the fourth grade girls (Gold) team returned to defend their undefeated CYO record.

Hope South had other ideas and scored early in the game on a penalty kick, followed by a second goal, ending the half up by two. Exhibiting precision teamwork, Gold came back hard in the second half. Emily Carlton quickly scored two goals and a third by Tess Gallagher put St. Francis ahead. Goalie Juliana DeSilva's cat-like reflexes prevented South from scoring a tying goal, while Hayley Urban and Carlton scored two more goals, ending the game by the score of 5-2, for the Gold team.

The fourth grade girls (Blue) successfully kicked off their season with shutout road wins against St. Thomas More and St. Gregory. They played as a team, moving the ball around the field, stayed in their positions and made good defensive decisions. The girls also welcome Kelly Tesoriero and Jenna Borrelli to our team.

The fifth grade boys (North) also won their first game, 3-0 against St. Andrews. The team roster for this week had only 12 players but the boys showed how teamwork and communication worked in their favor.

The Team Idol goes to Ryan Hoffman, who scored two goals and Bard Featherston for his control of the midfield. Team Sportsmanship goes to the team's goalies for stepping up to be the team wall: Augie Ameruso and Tom Morgan. Team Hustler goes to the rest of the team for all their hard work during the game: Jimmy Howard, Luke Gersh, Brendan Gallagher, Connor Ryan (who also scored a goal), Nick Cheng, John Stewart, Mike Newman, and Mike Tammaro. The ice cream is on the coaches!!

The second grade boys (#2) continued their unbeaten ways as they kicked off their new season. Goalkeeper Chris Rivara kept a blank sheet once again, as St. Francis won 3-0, over a very strong team from Our Lady of Snows. Randy Hanson played hard all game and Robbie Rose scored a couple of goals, as he continues to evolve into a solid player. Connor Baldwin was all over the field, as he spread the ball around with some crisp passing and laid the ball beautifully in to David Gavinovich, who scored the third for St Francis.

Jag Guidarelli had a very strong game and really took control of the back line late in the game, as the team from Snows applied late pressure. Griffin Brackley, Conner Smith, Colm Williams, Patrick Waters and Matthew Mattes all played exceptionally well and really gave it their all. Chris De Marco and Tommy Woods were both really solid on defense all game and Liam Howley and Michael Edwards were Solid in the middle of the field.

Our other second grade boys, the North "Tigers," won their opening game by a score of 5-2 against St. Anastasia. The team effort included strong goaltending from David Hanrahan and Nicholas Schmidt. The defensive squad kept the ball away from the goal most of the day, with terrific plays made by Ryan Duffy, Nicholas Muldoon and Aiden Murray. Several players contributed with goals, including Joseph Alesandro, Jonathan Allcock, Lance Cheng and Adam DeSilva along with magnificent assists by Jack Bambury, Ryan Dougherty, Griffin Skammel, Joshua Zweifler, and Ryan O'Reilly.

The second grade girls started the season with a bang, defeating a tough squad from OLBS, 4-1. Breanne McDonnell quickly set the stage with the first goal of the year, but OLBS came right back to tie the game at 1-1. Katie Marquardt was able to find the back of the net, to give SFDS the lead, 2-1, at half time. Claire Hughes, in a sparkling debut, connected to put SFDS ahead, 3-1. Marquardt was able to cement the victory with a second goal, after she and Kelly Ward displayed some excellent passwork. Rebecca Boland, Kerrianne Blum and Sinead Gallagher all supplied key assists.

Makayla Beehler, Jessica Buckley and Ashley Kelly were awesome on defense. Kudos to our rookies- Shannon Sullivan, Megan Duffy, Gabrielle Newman and Claire Hughes- who all shone in their first game. Welcome aboard!

In their first game ever, the first grade boys learned many lessons. SFDS scored on two early breakaway goals that included superb cuts and deft footwork, first by John Baroudas and then by Kevin Connelly. St. Andrews struck back with two successive goals of their own and St. Francis realized they were in for a dogfight.

Joe Braskey took another long breakaway half the length of the field to put St Francis up by one shortly before the halftime whistle. St. Andrews got a quick goal at the beginning of the second half, but Sean Thorton responded with a penalty kick goal for the Frannies to pull back into the lead. Unfortunately, St. Andrews reeled off three goals in a row, despite stellar defensive efforts and all-out hustle by Kevin Murphy, Brian Keane, Kennedy Kirk, Dylan Abernathy and the brothers McDade.

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