Wet Weather Doesn't Stop Peninsula Cup Soccer
Matching Mother Nature's fury, the games featured lightning-fast scoring by AC Milan (Boys 4-5) and Real Madrid (Boys 2-3).
There were thunderous scoring shots by Kathleen Woods (6-8 Manchester), Max Frankel (4-5 Real Madrid) and Patrick Fiemer (2-3 Manchester) and stone-cold defense in a battle between Celtic and Real Madrid in the Boys 2- 3 division.
In Boys 2-3 action, Real Madrid blitzed FC Barcelona with four firsthalf goals. Michael Bellettiere found net twice and Vincent Carrubba and Matthew Coletta scored one each. Barcelona did not fold however, mounting a furious second half comeback to fall 4-3.
Real Madrid also had a good week in the Boys 4-5 division, posting wins over Barcelona and FC Celtic to raise its record to 3-1. Against Barcelona, Madrid prevailed 4-0 with goals by Ryan Hoffman, Max Frankel (2) and Luke Gersh. Goalie Robert Kiernan recorded his second clean sheet of the season.
Against Celtic, Frankel upped his output to a hat trick. He also added his 7th and 8th assists of the season assists. Gersh added two goals in the 5-1 victory. Both Frankel and Gersh have six tallies on the season. Defenders John Boyle and Matt LaSora did a good job keeping the ball out of the box.
Last week was also kind to Boys 4-5 Manchester United. MUFC squeezed out a 3-2 victory over Chelsea behind Patrick Fiemer's hat trick and strong goaltending from Aidan Morgan. There were great defensive plays by Michael Tammaro and Dillian Reid. Manchester made it a two-win week with a 4-2 triumph over Barcelona. Ryan Hoffman scored teh first goal and set up Tom Lynch for the second. Fiemer added two more. Ethan Ruiz took control of the midfield. Jack Carter stepped up and played a good game.
The Chelsea boys bounced back on Saturday to top AC Milan 4-1. Chelsea's goals were scored by Kyle Connolly, Luke Schreiner and Liam Wallace. Pat Joy and Michael Robinson provided great defense. Milan's goal was scored by Andrew Sullivan. Both goalies did an outstanding job, Brian McNamee (Chelsea) and Joe Brown (Milan).
On the girls' side of 4-5 action, AC Milan played two thrillers: a 1-0 win over Celtic and a 1-1 tie with Manchester United. Emily Carlton scored the goal for Milan in each game. Great work in goal by Jenna Barbosa and Julianna DeSilvia saved the game against Celtic. Annie Dengler played a great defensive game against Man- chester. The latter game was interrupted by rain.
The Real Madrid-Celtic match was also cut short by weather. Alana Ball scored for Madrid before thunder halted action.
Kathleen Woods had a big week for Celtic FC in the Girls 6-8 division. Woods and Jenna Hoffman scored in a tight, 3-2 loss to AC Milan. Woods tallied two more with left-footed blasts against Real Madrid on Saturday. Hoffman and Brianna Hart provided the assists in the 2-2 tie. Jessie Boland, Jennie O'Hara and Grace Kelly made great defensive plays.
In the victory, Barcelona benefited from tremendous goal tending by Keira Walsh and Lindsay DeBoer and terrific plays by Tara Lennon, Nora Young, Courtney McCool and Emma Gross. Meghan McGinn and Keira Walsh notched assists. DiCarlo had both assists against Manchester.
The strong defense of Meghan Gigliello and Walsh had a very hard time against the unstoppable Erin Kennedy who bought her team to victory with all three MU goals.
In another tight Girls 2-3 game, AC Milan and FC Celtic battled to a tie, 1-1. Celtic led 1-0 at the break. Milan's Molly Breslin put the offensive pressure on with a few breakaways finally converting on a beautiful setup from Emily Lind in midfield. Milan got excellent goaltending by Bridget Breslin and Kaitlin Neiswenter and aggressive offensive play by Amanda Gresser, Claire Hughes and Jenna Lonborg. In Saturday's 2-3 boys' action, Manchester United defeated FC Barcelona, 5-1. Jonathan Macado scored four goals for United. Roland Wertz played outstanding defense, David Gavinovich and Franco Pallante each had strong offensive games and Jack Bamberry and Edward Carr were solid in the midfield.