SFDS Girls Make Noise On A Quiet Soccer Weekend
There were fewer games but still plenty of action last weekend for St. Francis de Sales soccer, highlighted by key wins against Our Lady of Hope from three SFDS girls' teams.
The Third-Grade Girls finally beat Hope for the first time in three years. The game was all offense, with four goals by Maria Di Carlo and one goal each by Gwyn McGee and Megan Twomey. The outstanding assists came from Nicole Gibson, Alex Weigert, Lauren "SPEEDY" Marten, Rose Fay, Molly Breslin, and Kelly Santiago.
St. Francis received tremendous midfield action from Mollie Kuhlmann, Marten and Colleen Gallagher. The unstoppable defense of Meghan Gigliello and Paulina Ruta helped solidify a 4-0 record. The expertise in goal by Breslin helped stop the three shots on goal by Hope.
The Fourth-Grade Girls (Blue) improved to 6-0, with wins against St. Thomas More and Hope. The girls continue to play excellent team soccer and hopefull,y it will continue throughout the rest of the season and into the playoffs. The girls have been coming to practice, playing hard, staying in their positions and supporting each other. Congratulations to Hope Ciapetta on scoring her first career goal on Sunday.
The Second-Grade Girls chalked up a victory against Hope 1. Katie Barrett and Meagan Duffy did a great job on offense and had some nice shots at the goal. Despite many opportunities, the girls went to the half tied 0-0. Breanne McDonnell had a number of big saves in goal and Angelina Meringolo and Kerrianne Blum made some awesome plays on defense. In the second half, St. Francis finally put one on the board after McDonnell's shot ricocheted off the goal post and bounced into the net.
Katie Marquardt connected right after that on a beautiful breakaway, with excellent offensive support from Kelly Ward and Sinead Gallagher. Maya Fiutak and Makayla Beehler cleared the ball a number of times on defense. Hope was able to sneak one in with seconds left in the game. Caroline Kelly blocked a number of shots in goal and did a beautiful job of feeding the ball back to the offense. Final score was 2-1. In previous action, the secondgrade girls battled it out against a strong squad from St. Thomas More on Friday night under the lights.
McDonnell was able to connect on a beautiful pass from Gallagher, putting SFDS in the lead, 1-0, for good.
Claire Hughes and Shannon Sullivan were awesome in goal, to preserve the shutout.
The next day, a tired squad hit the road, where a tough Hope team proved too much to handle. Despite a valiant effort in goal by Duffy, the Hope squad was able to score three goals in the first half. McDonnell had a number of skillful breakaways and finally put SFDS on the board, in a 4-1 loss.
The Fifth-Grade Girls were not scheduled last weekend, but look forward to their upcoming games against Hope and More. They are preparing to get ready for the playoffs, after playing perhaps their best game against St. Mel's the week before.
The Second Grade Boys #2 squad suffered their second defeat of the season Friday night under the lights at Roxbury, against peninsula rivals St. Thomas More.
It was a game of two halves. St. Francis went up 2-0 as Connor Baldwin scored two in the opening 20 minutes, only to see the determined St. Thomas squad come back strong. They equalized before the half, and then go on to score two more in the second half to seal the victory, 4-2, over SFDS.
On Sunday afternoon against St. Margaret's, the St. Francis boys came out determined to play as a team. It showed as Baldwin, Jag Guidarelli and Liam Howley scored one a piece in the first half.
It was an ominous sign when the strap on coach's hat broke as Baldwin and Guidarelli added two more apiece in the second half for a pair of hat tricks and sealed the 7-0 victory.
Connor Smith played and held his position well in both games, having a couple of shots that just sailed wide. Patrick Watters, Thomas Woods and Aidan O'Connor also played well in both games.
The team would like to give a shout out to Colm Williams as he came back from a bloody lip on Friday to have a great game on defense Sunday. David Gavinovich had a couple of excellent games playing defense and was unlucky not to score on the few occasions he was allowed to drift forward.
The Second-Grade Boys #1 played an amazing shorthanded game against St. Luke. This spirited squad may have lost the game, 3-1, but won the respect of the families on both sides.
The tremendous goal-stopping by Griffin S. and Ryan Duffy kept the score close. Ryan D., Ryan O. and Lance C. played a miraculous defense. Joshua Z. was all over the ball at both ends, and Peter E had a great scoring opportunity along with Jon A., who scored a goal.
The First Grade Boys #1 soldiered on, marching to a 7-0 victory. Kevin Erhard and Brendan Buckley each scored two goals, along with one each by Terence (T-Bone) Strehel and Terence (The Quiet Storm) Moriarty.
The hustle of Ryan Meade, Connor Bradford, Terence Mullin and Kevin Newman kept pressure on the St. Gregory net all game, while Ray Savastano's outstanding defensive skills kept the St. Gregory players at bay.