2007-10-12 / Sports

SFDS 1st Graders Are First Rate in CYO Soccer

Raina Dzuik (#29) of the Sixth Grade girls battles for the ball against defending champion, Our Lady of Hope. Raina Dzuik (#29) of the Sixth Grade girls battles for the ball against defending champion, Our Lady of Hope. St. Francis de Sales' youngest CYO soccer players continued their earlycareer success last weekend.

The First Grade Girls Team beat Hope #1 for the second time, 4-0. Ryan Carlton, Rian Courtney and Kelsey Flynn all scored goals. Goalies, Elizabeth Meringolo and Francesca Agoglia, held Hope to a shutout. Daniella DiCarlo did a great job centering the ball to score. Alexandra Dadario and Jillian Machado played sweeper and didn't let the Hope team come near the SFDS defense and charged up the field.

Although the playing became intensified, Hannah Harkins contained herself and displayed good sportsmanship.

Elizabeth Carmody, Victoria Inga and Paige McDade were team players and helped on defense and stopped the other team from coming close to thegoal. Megan Reinhardt and Taylor Scaccia assisted the forwards to help them score. Overall, it was a team effort. The girls' record improved to 4-1-1.

The First-Grade Boys #2 Team posted a 4-0 win against St. Thomas More. Coach Rich Savastano's team is undefeated thus far and his boys show a lot of talent on the field. St. Thomas More boys played a great game and sure gave St Francis' boys a run for their money.

Alex Stabiner showed lightning speed with the first goal of the game. Terrence Strehle (T-bone) intimidated the field with the second goal. Kevin Erhard not only scored the third goal but also dominated the net along with Tim Savastano, with cat-like reflexes while playing goalie. The final goal was scored by Christopher Koenig, the magician, who seems to appear out of nowhere to control the ball. Great sportsmanship was shown by all.

The First-Grade Boys #1 Team played a pair of solid games.

On Saturday, The Frannies hit the road and battled St. Anastasia to a 0-0 tie. It was a back-and-forth game with nearly equal time of possession. Despite the lack of scoring, there was plenty of action, with many fast breaks and outlet passes. The ball-handling and dribbling skills, particularly of Dylan Abernathy and Donato Sommerville, kept this contest extremely heated. Joe Braskey had a tremendous save in goal on a powerful kick that many spectators thought were sure to be a goal for Anastasia.

In the dust bowl that is the Con Edison Field, SFDS scored a convincing victory against St. Francis of Assisi on Sunday. With both teams only having exactly eleven players in attendance, there were no substitutions to be made.

It has now been three consecutive games since the SFDS #1 has been scored on, largely due to impeccable position play, especially at the halfback position.

Early in this game, Matthew McDade scored his first goal of the season after dribbling through a score of defenders. Braskey netted another one for the Frannies shortly thereafter in the upper left of the goal and Kevin Connelly chalked up another one before the end of the first half.

In the second half, Abernathy scored his first goal of the season and showed marked improvement for the secondstraight game. To round out the game and give de Sales a 5-0 victory, Connelly notched his second two-goal performance.

Previously, in their Fort Tilden debut,

SFDS #1 used a disciplined attack to cripple St. Assisi. Impressing coaches and parents alike, the first grade Frannies played their positions well and executed their game plan with precision, leading to a 3-0 shutout.

Connelly led the way with two more goals and Sean Thorton, scored as well.

Aidan Smith put constant pressure on the opposing goalie. The entire team contributed to this win, as the lines were constantly rotated and everyone was kept fresh.

The Fourth-Grade Boys had a very exciting game this weekend and tied Saint Thomas More, 2-2. The Saint Francis goals were scored by Ethan Ruiz and Kyle Connolly, with able support from John Scaccia, Jason Stabiner and Dillon Beehler. There were several amazing saves by Alex Goldberg, who was kind enough to play goalie for most of the game. The defensive effort was led by James Corrigan, with support from Ryan Olsen, and Liam O'Roarke

The Sixth-Grade Boys advanced to 3-1 with a 3-1 win over St. Gregory, behind Billy Collins' hat trick.

The Third-Grade Girls had a double victory this weekend, first over St. Luke, 2-1, and then on Sunday against St. Gregory's, 7-3. Game one consisted of goals from Courtney McCool and Kaitlin Neiswenter, assisted by Mollie Breslin and Maria Di Carlo. Game two, despite the score, was a hardfought battle.

Goals were scored by Di Carlo, McCool (2 goals), Rose Fay, Kelly Santiago and Paulina Ruta. The goals were assisted by McCool, Santiago, Molly Kuhlmann, Nicole Gibson, Ava Evangelista and Lauren "SPEEDY" Marten.

SFDS got exceptional goaltending from Bridget Breslin, Nicole Gibson, Devin Gavigan and Fiona Brackley. Most improved player of the week award was given to Lauren Moule.

The Sixth-Grade Girls (#2) fell from the ranks of the undefeated with a hard-fought loss to St. Thomas More, 1-0. More connected off a corner kick late in the first half. With SFDS' offense pressing hard the entire second half, Shannon Twomey and Anna Charles made key defensive plays to keep More from expanding its lead. Goalie Ginna Davan made the save of the year, leaping high to block and then corral a St. Thomas blast.

The Seventh-Grade Girls tied Our Lady of Hope, 1-1. Lisa Pulkoski started it off with a goal in the first 46 seconds of the first half and had a second half goal waved off by a disputed offside call. The Team Idol was Pulkoski; Team Hustlers Kelly Casey, Kristen Henschel, and Marissa Scotto, and the Sportsmanship award went to Jillian Spataro.

The Fifth Grade Boys won 5-0 vs. St. Anastasia. The de Sales boys controlled the game from the beginning to the end. The trio of Max Frankel, Luke Gersh and Jimmy Howard kept Anastasia away from the ball. Michael Tammaro, with his iron foot, found the net to get his first goal. Luke Gersh, Howard, Ryan Hoffman, and Joe Brown also contributed a goal.

The defensive play by Tom Morgan, Michael Newman, Frankel and Tom Lynch allowed Anastasia to only two shots on goal. Team Idol- Frankel; Hustler-Howard and Gersh; Sportsmanship was awarded to Tom Lynch.

The Third-Grade Boys played a doubleheader this week.

On Saturday, the boys won 5-3 vs. St. Thomas More. It was an exciting game for both teams. Mario Cimino and Kyle Hoffman were on fire with two goals each. Christian Lanzetta, James Carlton, Connor Buckley and Dominic Savino kept the ball moving with quick passes.

Roland Wertz, James McFadden, and Jack Schulger did a fine job defensively.

The team idols were Cimino and Hoffman; Hustlers were Buckley and Savino (who scored the final goal); and Sportsmanship award went to Eric Vanella. The next day, SFDSs tied with Hope #2 by a score of 1-1. The boys played well with the leadership of Matthew Colletta, Michael Sullivan and Andrew Sullivan at midfield. Jack Watt, James Munson, and John Said did an awesome job clearing the ball out of their zone.

The hustle of Danny Lynch, Carlton, and Jonathon Machado kept the pressure on Hope. Hoffman scored the goal. Team Idol- Watt; Hustler- Colleta and Sportsmanship-Said.

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