2007-10-26 / Sports

SFDS Soccer Edges Rivals From Hope

Compiled by Paul King

SFDS Sixth-Grade players Casey McDade (right) and Deirdre McCool both battle to keep Hope off the scoreboard. SFDS Sixth-Grade players Casey McDade (right) and Deirdre McCool both battle to keep Hope off the scoreboard. Last week featured four battles between last year's two top soccer programs, with St. Francis earning the advantage against tough teams from Our Lady of Hope.

In another monumental battle against two-time champion Hope 1, the Sixth-Grade Girls (#2) rallied to a thrilling 2-2 tie. Hope ran roughshod over SDFS in the first 10 minutes, powering to a 2-0 lead.

Goalie Shannon De Silvia kept the game within reach, as her team slowly turned the tide. In the second half, SFDS threw caution to the wind and attacked furiously all over the field.

Amazing plays on defense by Casey McDade, Anna Charles and Sam Scacci stopped Hope on breakaways. Ginna Davan again made dazzling stops in net. Finally, Daisy Trusttum got St. Francis on the board with 12 minutes to play. With four minutes left, Therese Boyle wove her way threw the defense and blasted home a 15-yarder to tie the score.

Katie King and Nicole Maranga had standout performances.

The Second-Grade Girls had a doubleheader this weekend against the two teams from Our Lady of Hope. On Saturday, Hope 2 and SFDS went neckand neck, down to the wire, until Hope finally put one in with minutes left to play, and won 1-0.

SFDS' Makayla Beehler and Claire Hughes both did a great job in goal, as they made a number of excellent saves. On defense, Caroline Kelly, Hannah Nicholson and Ashley Kelly shined. The offense had a number of beautiful breakaways by Claire Hughes, Katie Barrett and Breanne McDonnell, but SFDS could not capitalize.

On Sunday, Hope 1 came to Fort Tilden and SFDS played their best game of the season, winning 3-0. All the girls came out in top form. Angelina Meringolo got things going with the first goal of the game. McDonnell put a beautiful pass from Kelly Ward in for the second goal. Katie Marquardt was able to seal the victory by following up her shot and scoring, after a fumble by the goalie. Lindsey De Boer and Barrett both had some wonderful shots on goal.

On offense, Shannon Dziuk, Meagan Duffy and Kaleigh Gilroy aggressively fed the ball to the frontline from midfield. Jessica Buckley and Kerrianne Blum did a great job in goal, preserving the shutout. Every player excelled and the team showed tremendous growth, as the girls really worked together.

The First-Grade boys (#1) beat the previously undefeated Hope team, 4-0. Connor Bradwisch (CB) swept the field for the first goal of the game, along with Kevin Erhard, who scored two goals with a great assist from Terrence Mullin. Also scoring for the team was Terrence ("The Quiet Storm") Moriarty, for the final goal of the game.

Christopher Koenig showed great skills on the field, along with Timmy Murnan and David Berman, who put pressure on the Hope net all game.

Patrick Ford, Garrett Connelly, Ray Savastano and Ryan Meade played great defense. Making great saves at the net were goalies Tim Savastano and Kevin Newman.

James Carson netted his first goal of his career for the First- Grade boys (#2) and it seemed like the boys would cruise to another victory, but St. Mel's tied the game going into the half. St. Mel's opened the second half with a quick goal and then a few minutes later, added another one. Kevin Connolly was determined to bring St. Francis back to glory. Connolly was able to break through the staunch defense of St. Mel's and score his eighth goal of the season, putting St. Francis on the brink of a comeback. Unfortunately, the game ended with St. Mel's winning, 3-2.

The Third-Grade Girls extended their win-loss ratio on Saturday against St. Gregory's by a score of 5-0. The team produced goals from Molly Breslin and Maria Di Carlo and the midfielders had a field day by scoring three goals...one each by Kaitlin Neiswenter, Nicole Gibson and Lauren "SPEEDY" Marten.

The assists for those goals came from outstanding dribbling and passing from Di Carlo, Marten, Nicole Gibson, Mollie Kuhlmann and Devin Gavigan.

Thanks to the "Fab Four" in goal, as nothing slipped past Bridget Breslin, Fiona Brackley, Gavigan and Taylor Tsatsis. On Sunday, St. Francis tied with St. Thomas More, 1-1, in a hard-fought battle. St. Thomas More went up 1-0, on a penalty kick.

SFDS fought back as they countered with outstanding ball control and passing. Kaitlin Neiswenter passed the ball to Courtney McCool, who was able to give a solid pass to Di Carlo as she snapped the ball to the back of the net for the goal. Tremendous plays were also made by Ava Evangelista, Meghan "Nothing Gets By Me" Gigliello, Paulina Ruta and Carli Bopp.

The Second-Grade Boys (#2) faced some stiff opposition on Sunday afternoon from Our Lady of Grace. The score was 0-0 at the half, with both sides squandering opportunities. Chris Rivara had an excellent day and really kept the St. Francis team in the game, with some very brave goalkeeping throughout the contest. Chris De Marco played very well on defense. Randy Hanson had the best game of his career. Finally, Grace scored on a breakaway early in the second half. Connor Baldwin equalized from the penalty spot, to even up the sides for a final score of 1-1.

The Third-Grade Boys (#1) The "Tigers" played two outstanding games this weekend; both resulted in 1-0, hard-fought losses against OLBS and Assisi.

SFDS got solid goalkeeping from Ryan Duffy and David Hanrahan, who made acrobatic saves which seemed to come naturally to them. They were helped along by the "Wall" of a defense led by Ryan Doughtery, Peter Ebert, Nicholas Muldoon, and Liam Higgins; they were clearing balls out of the zone all weekend.

Despite not scoring any goals, the SFDS offense was extremely active on the opponent's end of the field during both games. Griffin Skammel and Jon Allcock had several beautiful scoring opportunities with feeds from Joshua Zweifler, who played a skillful midfield, along with Aiden Murray, Adam De- Silva, Nicholas Schmidt, and Lance Cheng. Duffy and Hanrahan also played some torrid offense when not minding the net.

The Sixth-Grade Boys (South) continued their roll with a 5-1 win over Assisi. Liam Gallagher (1), Jeffrey Lavin (1), Billy Collins (2), and Michael Castellano (1) found the net for de Sales.

The team is now 5-1 and has a 1.00 goals against average.

In previous action, the Seventh- Grade Girls won 5-1 versus St. Luke. Lisa Pulkoski started it off with two goals, followed by Jessie Boland, Jenna Hoffman, and Marissa Scotto, with a goal each.

The defensive team of Briana Hart and Megan Rochelle kept Luke from getting clean shots on goal. Jennie O'Hara took control of the goal with her quick hands and her communication with the players on the field. Hoffman did a fine job in her first appearance in goal, with two saves.

The Team Idol was Pulkoski, Team Hustler went to the cousin-combo of Regina Paskoff and Boland, and the Sportsmanship award went to Hoffman.

The Third-Grade boys won 4-0 over St. Margaret. Kyle Hoffman had a hat trick and his partner Jimmy Cartlon added one.

Goalies Benjamin Edwards and Michael Sullivan did a fine job in net keeping Margaret scoreless.

Christian Lanzetta, Mario Cimino, Anthony Cimino, Danny Lynch, Matthew Colleta and Jack Watt did a great job passing and moving to the ball.

Roland Wertz, James McManus, Andrew O'Sullivan and James Munson took charge of not letting Margaret in their zone.

Team Idol was Hoffman, Team Hustlers were Mario Cimino and Cartlon, and the Sportsmanship award went to O'Sullivan.

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