2007-10-05 / Sports

The Defense Never Rests For SFDS Soccer

Compiled by Paul King

Taylor Scaccia (right) and teammates charge upfield against Our Lady of Hope. Taylor Scaccia (right) and teammates charge upfield against Our Lady of Hope. St. Francis de Sales goalies and defenders backstopped eight shutouts and five one-goal games, leading their teams to another successful weekend of soccer.

The fifth-grade boys (North) had a rocking weekend, outscoring their opponents, 12-1, in two games. The first game was a 6-0 win vs. Assisi. Luke Gersh had all the right moves this game, with two goals and an assist. Joe Brown scored on a penalty kick. His tricky feet always find the net.

Max Frankel blasted in a goal from 15 yards out, followed by Gersh'spass to Ryan Hoffman, who did a one touch to find the back of the net. Jimmy Howard started up the second half with a picture-perfect goal. Tommy Lynch and Conor Ryan made the defense work, hustling and beating Assisi to the ball. Michael Tammaro with his power clear and help from Tommy Morgan kept Assisi out of de Sales' zone. Team Idol: Howard; Hustlers: Lynch and Luke; and Sportsmanship: Kevin Mc- Donagh.

The next day, the boys kept up the tempo with a 6-1 win vs. Anastasia and the magic socks left the Hoffman home to arrive at the Scotto house. Anthony Scotto's game was on, with two goals. Gersh, Howard, Brown each had a goal and Brendan Gallagher scored his first goal. Frankel took control on midfield, with the assist of Michael Newman. Goalie John Stewart did a fine job stepping up to be the team wall. Team Idol: Gallagher, Hustler: Scotto; and Sportsmanship:

The seventh-grade girls also enjoyed a two-win weekend, sweeping a doubleheader with St. Gregory. The first game was a 3-0 win with Marissa Scotto hitting the back of the net twice and Catherine Murphy finishing it out with the last goal. Fine defensive plays by Emily Santiago, Briana Hart, and Jessie Boland kept Gregory out of the 18-yard line.

The next day was a 1-0 win. The girls kept the pressure on Gregory's goalie throughout the game. Finding the net was tough. When it came time to hit the net, Kristen Henschel put the pressure on Gregory's defense, causing them to score a goal for de Sales. It was a keeper and de Sales took it.

Hart had a game-saving heading inside the goal box with only eight minutes to play. Boland, Jenna Hoffman, Scotto and Lauren Perrone kept the ball moving and worked St. Gregory's defense. Cat Murphy, in as second-half goalie, took control and didn't allow Gregory to get a clear shot on goal. Team Idol: Hart; Hustler: Scotto; and Sportsmanship; Regina Paskoff.

The second-grade girls chalked up a shutout victory, 3-0, against OLBS. In the first half, St. Francis had many shots on goal, but excellent goaltending by OLBS prevented SFDS from taking the lead.

Finally, Claire Hughes connected with a nice follow-up to Breanne Mc- Donnell's blocked shot, putting St. Francis ahead, 1-0. McDonnell and Katie Marquardt sealed the win with a goal each in the second half. The girls did an excellent job following their shots and exhibited some nice passing. Lindsey DeBoer and Katie Barrett did a nice job working the ball up the field. Hannah Nicholson and Angelina Meringolo were very aggressive in goal to preserve the shut out.

The third-grade boys won, 7-0, against Our Lady of the Snows. Christian Lanzetta started the ball rolling with the first goal of the game, followed by James Carlton and Jonathan Machado. Kyle Hoffman and Mario Cimino each scored two goals. The halfbacks Jack Watt, Anthony Cimino, Connor Buckley and Danny Lynch did a great job putting the pressure on Snows. Benjamin Edwards kept Snow out of the 18-yard box. Team Idol: Mario Cimino; Hustler: Machado; and Sportsmanship: James Munson.

The sixth-grade girls (#2) also prevailed, 7-0, against Snows. A nice pass play from Shannon DeSilvia to Daisy Trusttum to Therese Boyle (two goals) broke the ice, 12 minutes in. DeSilvia chipped one over the top to give SFDS a 2-0 lead. Goals by Casey McDade, Lorianna D'Alessandro and Meaghan King (2) rounded out the scoring. Nicole Maranga played a selfless game, passing up scoring opportunities to set up her teammates.

The fifth-grade boys (South) won, 5-1b over Assisi 2. Goals were scored by Jeffrey Lavin (1), Chris Cole (2) and Billy Collins (2).

The eight-grade girls also triumphed, 5-1, in a well-played game against St. Luke. With nice passing and ball control, the forwards were able to keep the pressure on St. Luke the whole game. At the same time, the defense was able to thwart any attempted scoring by St. Luke, only giving up a penalty kick from a disputed hand ball. Next week's game is against our rival, Hope.

The second-grade boys (Tigers) played two tough games. The scores don't reflect their spirited play, in 6-1 (Hope) and 4-1 (St. Mel's) losses. Liam H., David H. and Lance C. provided strong goaltending. Both goals for the SFDS team were scored by Joe A. along with strong pushes by Jon A., Nicholas S., Joshua Z., Adam D., Griffin S., Nicholas M. and Peter E. A relentless defense was supplied by Ryan O., Ryan D. Jake M. and Aiden M.

It was a roller coaster, three-game weekend for the fourth-grade girls Gold team. The marathon started on Friday with a night game against St. Thomas More. After finishing the half tied and scoreless, the Gold returned to put four in the goal during the second half. The rally started with Shannon Rochelle breaking through the defense, followed quickly by goals from Emily Carlton, Tess Gallagher and Hayley Urban. Strong defensive play by Gabby Breen, Chelsea Filippi, Morgan Koenig and Veronica Welch shut down the More offense.

The next day, the Gold team lost to their sister SFDS Blue team, ending a four-season CYO undefeated streak. A goal blasted in the top of the net by Jackie Gallagher from outside the penalty box plus excellent play from game starters Cecelia Hanson and Mary Schilling, early substitute Mary Wrynn, and goalie Chelsea.

The Gold redeemed themselves on Sunday with a crushing victory over Gregory, 7-0. Goals from usual team scorers Gallagher and Carlton (3) opened up the first half. In the second half goals by defensive players Allie McGuire, Jenna McCann, and Breen were assisted by hard play from Haley Henry and Welch in the front line.

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