2007-11-02 / Sports

St.Francis de Sales Looking For Bright Finish To End Exciting And Thrilling Soccer Season

Rain turned the soccer pitches to puddles last Friday and Saturday but St. Francis de Sales' soccer teams hope for brighter fortunes this weekend as the regular season ends.

SFDS' two Fourth Grade Girls' teams actually slugged it out in the pouring rain last Friday, with the Gold squad prevailing, 4-0.

The teams split the season series as the Blue team has a 7-1 record and the Gold is 5-1. They will almost certainly cross paths again in the playoffs.

Saturday's matches were rained out. On Sunday, the ground was soft, and muddy made footing a little difficult, as the Second Grade Boys' #2 team played a tough opponent in Our Lady of the Snows.

It was a great match despite the ground conditions as the SFDS did a great job of controlling the ball. They were stout on defense with the help of Tommy Woods, Colm Williams, Michael Edwards and Griffin Brackley playing a very solid back row in front of goalkeeper Chris Rivara.

Liam Howley played very firm in midfield as he moved the ball well for the entire game. Jag Guidarelli played very well and was unlucky not to score on a couple of occasions in the first half/

The game was tied 0-0 going into the second half and the Snows goalkeeper was kept busy with the SFDS midfield and forwards peppering the goal.

David Gavinovich and Chris De Marco had a couple of shots on goal a piece that just missed. With time running out, the ball fell to the feet of Connor Baldwin, who blasted a shot past the keeper to seal a 1-0 victory for St Francis. It was their fourth win of the year as they increased their record to 4-2-1.

Our Lady of Hope dealt St. Francis a measure of revenge for the previous week's action, topping both our Sixth Grade Boys and Girls #2 teams, and tying our Fifth Grade Girls by a score of 1-1.

For the fifth graders, it was there only blemish on an otherwise perfect 4- 0-1 record. The Sixth Grade Boys have a solid 5-2 record. The Sixth Grade Girls #2 lost a 1-0 thriller to defending champion Hope #2.

Daisy Trusttum and Ginna Davan were sparkling in net while Therese Boyle and Casey McDade dazzled in the midfield. The team is 3-2-1 and needs a strong finish to secure their playoff berth.

Other St. Francis teams that are headed to the postseason include the Eighth Grade Boys (5-0-1), Seventh Grade Boys (5-1), the Third Grade Girls (5-0-1) and the Second Grade Girls (5-2).

There is no postseason for the Mite division, but there was a playoff-quality battle earlier in the week, when St. Francis' two First Grade Boys' teams squared off.

SFDS #1 took the field short-handed against the full squad of SFDS team #2.

With nine players in attendance team SFDS #1 knew it would be a struggle, but they made challenge in the first half and deflected all shots lobbed their way. Offensive pressure was applied at various times by both teams and the half ended an even 0-0.

Unfortunately for SFDS #2, the #1 team broke through early in the second half when Kevin "The Mad Striker" Connelly netted his ninth goal of the season.

Shortly after the goal, Sean "The Pride of Ireland" Thorton added a second goal for SFDS #1. Shoeless Joe Braskey, who assisted on both goals, was relentless on the field. James Carson, Jonathan Mancusi, Kevin Murphy, Donato Somerville, and Dylan Abernathy also helped bring home the win for team #1 that day.

Kai Jahrens was playing for the honor of his new baby sister Gwen (we wish him congratulations!).

The First Grade Girls' team's record is 4-1-1.

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