2008-04-11 / Sports

Peninsula Cup Soccer Kicks Off With A Blast

Emma Gross of 2-3 Barcelona battles with Makayla Beehler, Kaitlin Neiswenter, Katie Sammon and Jenna Lonborg of AC Milan.
After the great success of last spring's inaugural Peninsula Cup soccer season, the 2008 campaign kicked off with great expectations last week. The action did not disappoint.

In the Peninsula Cup, boys and girls who usually compete for local parishes (St. Francis de Sales and Blessed Trinity) play together in mixed teams. This year's teams are named for the famous soccer teams of the European Champions League.

Highlighting the first week's action was a thriller between Chelsea and Celtic in the Boys 4th-5th Grade (4-5) division. Chelsea's Chris Ray got off to the fastest start of anyone in the league, netting four goals in the first half - a natural hat trick plus one. Trailing 4-1 at the break, Celtic could have folded. Instead they fought back to finish in a 4-4 tie. Chelsea's goals were scored by Brian McNamee, Luke Schreiner (2) and Zack Willis. Chelsea broke into the win column on Saturday, 4-2 over Barcelona. Schreiner, Willis and McNamee again found net, along with Kyle Connolly. Conor Leary scored for Barcelona.

Ciara Flynn of 6-8 Manchester United protects the ball from AC Milan's Lisa Pulkoski (1 goal) in Milan's 4-2 win.
The Boys 4-5 match between Real Madrid and Manchester United was also a high-scoring affair. Madrid broke open a close game with four goals in the second half. Luke Gersh scored two goals in the game. Matthew Regan, Brenden Gallagher and Matthew LaSora each scored one. Madrid's Max Frankel controlled the midfield at the Sweeper position and added four assists.

FC Barcelona and AC Milan battled to a 1-1 tie in the Girls 2-3 division opener. Both teams scored in the first half. Maria Di Carlo tallied for Barcelona, assisted by Katie Marquardt. Milan's goal was scored by Katie Sammon, assisted by Jenna Lonborg. There were outstanding saves in goal by Barcelona's Hannah Nicholson. Lindsay Deboer, Carly McCann, Meghan McGinn, Nora Young and Emma Gross displayed tremendous ball control for Barcelona. Milan benefitted from strong aggressive play demonstrated by Kaitlin Neiswenter, Emily Lind and Molly Breslin. Excellent defense was played by Makayla Beehler (Milan) and Meghan Gigliello and Bea Rose Fay (Barcelona).

In the 2-3 Boys division, Madrid blanked Manchester United 2-0. Goals were scored by Conor Buckley and Matthew Coletta. Joseph Carrubba and Michael Edwards were sharp on defense and Benjamin Edwards was solid between the pipes. Madrid received great play up front from Michael Bellettiere, Conor Buckley, Jack McNamee, John Resker, Thomas Woods, Michael McGuiness, Griffin Brackely and Matthew Coletta.

In a game that was undecided until the last minute of the game, A.C. Milan defeated Manchester United 4-2 in the opening game for the Girls 6-8 division. Led by the scoring of Lisa Pulkoski and Therese Boyle, A.C. Milan got off early and took a 3-0 lead into the second half. However, Manchester United mounted a furious second half comeback to cut the lead to 3- 2 with about 10 minutes to go. In the end, A.C Milan held off Manchester United, and when they added a late goal with just seconds left, the game was finally decided.

In the Girls 4-5 division, AC Milan and Real Madrid got off to fast starts. AC Milan defeated Manchester United 2-0 on goals by Taylor Vegh and Cassie Moriarty. Samantha Rom and Ally McGuire provided great defensive play. Real Madrid won 4-0, powered by Brittany Scherriff's two breakaway goals against the first half wind.

In first grade action, the girls Real Madrid team beat AC Milan 3-1. The boys Real Madrid lost to Milan 1-0 on a penalty kick goal by Jonathan Mancuso.

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