2007-11-30 / Sports

SFDS Third and Fourth Grade Girls Strike Gold; Six Other Soccer Team Score Silver

Coach Anthony Di Carlo and the 3rd Grade Girls Diocesan Champions. Coach Anthony Di Carlo and the 3rd Grade Girls Diocesan Champions. St. Francis de Sales capped another outstanding soccer season with two Diocesan championships and six runners up. Throughout the year, the SFDS soccer program won 70% of its games.

The Third Grade Girls took home the Championship trophy with a 2-1 win over St. Luke. The game started strong for both teams but SFDS struck first. With a powerful pass from Kelly "Elbows" Santiago, Molly Breslin, was able to weave her way through the defense of St. Luke and hammer the ball into the back of the net.

St. Luke struck back with a shot that was able to slip by Bridget Breslin. The SFDS girls kept the pressure on St. Luke the whole game and it was only a matter of time that the "Fab Four" (McCool, Marten, Gavigan and Neiswenter) were able to control the game and settle down the pace.

The second half started just as strong. SFDS was able to control the ball with outstanding plays from Mollie Kuhlmann, Danielle Sconzo, Gwyn McGee, and Victoria Stagnitta.

The SFDS 4th Grade Girls Diocesan Champions. The SFDS 4th Grade Girls Diocesan Champions. Solid defense was once again provided by Meghan "Not in My House" Gigliello, Paulina Ruta, Fiona Brackley, and Taylor Tsatsis. The MVP's were all 26 girls of the championship team. A special thanks to all of the moms, dads, and grandparents who supported our girls all season.

It was also a big weekend for the

Fourth Grade Girls' Gold team. The weekend started with the semifinals matchup against their sister Blue squad. It turned out to be another outstanding game played by two very competitive evenly matched SFDS teams.

Finishing the half down 1-0, Gold came out strong with two goals in the net by Tess Gallagher and Bryn Nagel with assists from Emily Carlton.

The Blue really turned it on at the end of the half but saves by goalies Julianna DeSilva and Jenna McCann and the Gold defense, led by a strong play from fullback Morgan Koenig and midfielder Ryan Ward, prevented a game-tying goal. Returning on Sunday, the Gold faced off against Hope in another nail-biter Championship Game.

A clutch goal, set up by Shannon Rochelle, assisted by Tess Gallagher and put in the net by Hayley Urban, resulted in the only goal of the game. Fast pace and exciting play dominated the highly-contested game.

All three Gold goalies were tested by Hope's team, but Chelsea Filippi saved the day when she stopped a penalty shot blasted at the goal. SFDS Gold did great work by outstanding defense led by Veronica Welch, Allie McGuire and Gabby Breen and aggressive midfield play from Jackie Gallagher.

Key substitutions from Jenna Schmidt, Haley Henry, Mary Wynn and Mary Schilling made both wins possible. The victory resulted in the second consecutive championship for the team, who would like to thank their parents who provide all the support, but never seem to get listed in these articles.

The Fourth Grade Girls Blue team sends its congratulation to their friends on the Gold team and look forward to matching up against them again next season.

This season, the Blue girls compiled an overall 8-2 record and won the South Division regular season title. The coaches and parents are all proud of the way the girls acted both on and off the field.

The Fifth Grade Girls lost a tough match in the finals against Hope by a score of 2-1. Though dominating most of the game, SFDS was unable to force a tie after falling behind early and hitting a few posts along the way. The girls finished the season with an impressive 8-1- 1 record. This season was marked by much improvement in both skill level and dedication. Their hard work as a group paid off with perhaps their best season as a team. The coaches thank the girls for all their efforts as we look forward to competing for the title again next season.

The Third Grade Boys also earned silver after winning the south division championship 4-1 versus St. Thomas More. It was an exciting game. Kyle Hoffman led the team with his three goal Hat Trick.

Connor Buckley, Danny Lynch, and James Carlton assisted with their passes. Mario Cimino, Matthew Coletta Anthony Cimino, Michael Menechino and, Jack Schluger kept bringing the ball to midfield and looking to pass the ball up to there forwards.

The defensive team of Jack Watt, Roland Wertz, Benjamin Edwards, John Said, James McManus, James Munson, and Andrew O'Sullivan were able to keep More from getting a clear shot on goal. Dominic Savino and Jonathon Machado had the magic hands for de Sales.

Our two graduating classes both did themselves proud with gutsy efforts in their finals. Both battled back from two-goal deficits and ended up on the short end of one-goal decisions.

The Eighth Grade Boys spotted St. Thomas More two first half goals and then showed their grit in a hardfought second half. More prevailed 3-2.

The Eighth Grade Girls erased a two-goal deficit to force overtime and grabbed a 3-2 lead in the first overtime period. Our Lady of Hope tied the game very late in the second overtime and prevailed in the shootout. Despite the final scores, our senior proved they have the hearts of champions.

The Seventh Grade Girls gave it there all in their championship game, but also lost in a shootout to Hope, 2-1.

Megan LaCognatta stepped up and had her best game of the season. Erin Blum, Jenna Hoffman, Lauren Perrone, Lisa Pulkoski, and Kelly Casey kept Hope's goalie busy throughout the game.

Marissa Scotto and Jessie Boland kept the drive going dominated Hope to the ball. Regina Paskoff, with her aggressive play, kept Hope from getting into the 18.

SFDS had chances but the ball was unable to find the net. It went into double overtime with both teams scoring a goal. Megan LaCognatta scored on a penalty shot. Jennie O'Hara did a awesome job in goal. Unfortunately, Hope came on top after a sudden death shootout.

It was a heart breaker for the girls. The girls accomplished so much during the season by coming in first place in their division. They are a special group of girls and are number one in our eyes.

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