CYO Soccer Season Closes;Playoffs Await Many SFDS Teams
The CYO regular season wrapped up last weekend with at least 12 St. Francis de Sales soccer teams qualifying for a playoff berth. The playoffs start on Saturday.
The Seventh Grade Girls completed an undefeated 6-0-2 season with a 5-0 triumph over St. Anastasia. The goals were scored by Marissa Scotto, Kelly Casey, Jessie Bolan, Regina Paskoff and Megan LaCagnata. Paskoff's goal was made from outside the 18-yard line.
The Seventh Grade Boys posted a win and a tie to finish 6-1-1. On Saturday, St. Francis knotted Our Lady of Hope 3-3. On Sunday, they edged St. Thomas More 3-2.
The Sixth Grade Girls (#2) entered the weekend needing two wins in three games to lock up a playoff spot. Saturday's matinee against St. Virgilius got off to a great start.
With a strong wind at its back, SFDS grabbed a big lead early despite the outstanding kick saves of Virgilius' goalie and went onto victory behind goals from Meaghan King (2), Daisy Trusttum (2), Therese Boyle, Deirdre McCool and Anna Charles, who scored her first career goal.
Unfortunately, SFDS was blanked in the nightcap against Sacred Heart, 2- 0, despite Samantha Scaccia's excellent efforts on defense.
The loss set up a do-or-die game Sunday against St. Margaret's. Trailing 1-0 late in the second half, Therese Boyle converted a left-footed shot off of Ginna Davan's corner kick to gain the tie and preserve St. Francis' postseason hopes with a 5-3-2 record.
The Fifth Grade Boys won a pair of 4-1 decisions to finish the season 6-1. On Saturday, Anthony Scotto and Jimmy Howard each score a pair of goals against OLBS. The next day, the team kept the stride going by topping St. Francis of Assisi. Howard was the MVP for the weekend with a hat trick on Sunday. Scotto also had the hot foot with another goal. Max Frankel contributed with several assists. Tommy Lynch had great footwork that kept the ball in Assisi's end of the field. The boys showed what team work is all about.
The Third Grade boys had no games and finished 5-1-1.
The Third Grade girls finished with a 3-2 victory over Hope. The first half was all offense with 17 shots on goal and two hitting the back of the net. The first goal came from an outstanding heads up play from Kelly Santiago to Maria Di Carlo who slipped it by the fabulous hands of the Hope goalie.
The second goal in the first half came from a fast action pass from Nicole Gibson who was able to split the defense, get the ball to Kelly Santiago who then was able to put it away.
The second half started strong for Hope but was soon stopped by the "Fab Four" of Devin Gavigan, Courtney McCool, Kaitlin Neiswenster, and Mollie Kuhlamnn. They were able to contain Hope from scoring any further.
The clincher came from Colleen Gallagher who was able to get the ball out to the left wing to Carli Bopp, who then dribbled inside the 18-yard box. She passed the ball to Di Carlo, who finished it with a snap of the back of the net. Tremendous plays from the defenders Paulina Ruta and Taylor Tsatsis helped keep the score 3-2. The team missed its starting goalie of Bridget Breslin and look forward to next week to have her back in net.
The Second Grade Girls finished up the season with a tough match vs. St. Thomas More. The first goal was the product of some excellent teamwork. Katie Barrett got SFDS on the board with a beautiful shot off a pass from Kelly Ward.
St. Thomas More had some nice opportunities in the first half but excellent defensive play by Caroline Kelly, Ashley Kelly, and Taylor Slakman kept them from scoring. Jessica Buckley made some beautiful saves in goal.
In the second half, Barrett was able to bounce a deflected shot into the net for her second goal of the evening. Breanne McDonnell, Katie Marquardt and Angelina Meringolo did a nice job of keeping the offensive pressure on.
Excellent defensive play in the second half by Rebecca Boland, Kaleigh Gilroy and Claire Hughes preserved the shutout. Makayla Beehler was excellent in goal. It was a great end to an awesome season!
Playing with the wind at Fort Tilden in the first half, the Second Grade Boys (#2) went on the offensive early.
Jag Guidarelli opening the scoring with a super goal finishing off a string of passes from Liam Howley, Thomas Woods and Connor Baldwin that left the team from St. Gregory's flat footed. The SFDS side kept up the pressure and eventually David Gavinovich broke through and blasted screamer of a goal on a cross into the box from Guidarelli.
St Gregory's scored a goal on an errant back pass early in the second half, and was awarded a penalty late, but goalie Chris Rivara pounced on the ball with cat-like instinct to preserve the 2-1 victory for the home side.
It was a terrific game from start to finish for the Second Grade Boys (#1), a.k.a. the Tigers. They battled an Assisi team to a 1-1 tie with lots of heroics to go around. The goal tending of Ryan Duffy and David Hanrahan was amazing. Nicholas Schmidt had a nose for the ball all day and led many charges into the other team's half of the field. Ryan O'Reilly made several key takeaways and strong passes.
Joshua Zwiefler pressed several attacks on the opponent's goal. Griffin Skammell played a very smart and controlled game with accurate passing and several close shots at the net. Ryan Doughtery (Boomer) managed to clear out passes with his sonic boom kicks while playing defense.
One of those clearing kicks assisted in setting up a late game-tying goal by Jonathan Allcock, with less than three minutes left. Despite playing shorthanded, the Tigers showed there true colors and celebrated a well-deserved tie because of good strong teamwork and Hulk-like efforts.
The First Grade Girls beat the previously undefeated Hope 2 in a 3-0 shutout. Hannah Harkins scored two goals and Kelsey Flynn scored one. They were assisted by Daniella Di- Carlo, Taylor Scaccia and Ryan Carlton. Paige Humphrey denied them any goals as goalie.
Ginger Kuhlmann, Catherine Wrynn, Victoria Meier and Heidi Oyler were extra tough on defense and stopped Hope from getting close to our goal. Jillian Machado and Alex Dadario were quick to stop any breakaways. It was a team effort and we couldn't do it with out all the girls playing as a team.
The girls' record is 5-1-1. The First Grade Boys (#1) posted two victories to earn a 6-2-1 record. On Saturday, SFDS faced the St. Andrew's team that won in a prior battle, 6-4, earlier this year.
This time it was a low-scoring affair. SFDS got their first goal off the heels of their player of the year, golden leg Connelly and then in the second half their best ball handler Dylan Abernathy broke through with impressive moves and dribbling skills to put the ice on St Andrews.
Solid goalkeeping by Aidan Smith, Joe Braskey, Anthony Markle and again Kevin Connelly thwarted all attempts that St Andrews could muster. On Sunday, the Frannies battled it out with Our Lady of Snows.
Early in the game Kevin Connelly put one past the goalkeeper to net a team high eleventh goal of the season.
Joe Braskey made it 2-0 by a scorching a penalty kick past the goalkeeper. In the second half, Braskey forced another goal into the net after a large scrum in front of the goal.
All season, the strong defense and all around strong position play made SFDS #1 a formidable opponent that shutout the opposition in seven of nine games.
Every player on the team improved dramatically throughout the course of the season and gave immense effort at games and practices alike.
They made the coaches and parents extremely proud.