Pennant Races Come Into Focus For PC Soccer
As teams started their final turn around the regular season schedule, the battles for first place became clear in most divisions. Overall, the teams representing AC Milan are faring best on the ladies' side, while Manchester United and Real Madrid are battling for best overall performance on the boys' side.
In the tightest division (Boys 2-3), Celtic FC charged from last to first with two wins. Five points separate first place from sixth. Barcelona and Madrid edged into the shared third spot with a 2-2 tie. For Madrid, James Carlton's foot was on fire with two goals and Joseph Dellonno, Sean Mc- Carthy-Coyne and David Hanrahan provided great defensive. Kyle Hoffman, Ryan Dougherty, and Timothy Connelly work hard to keep the pressure on Barcelona at midfield.
The Girls 2-3 Division features a tight four-way battle among FC Barcelona, AC Milan, Celtic and Manchester United. Celtic was again the team on the move, leaping into the race with two wins.
Barcelona was able to keep its edge with a 4-1 win over Chelsea. The first half was close with a score of 2-1 with both goals for FC Barcelona coming from Maria Di Carlo, assisted by Meghan McGinn and "Bella" Grillo.
The second half started fast with a solid pass from Courtney McCool from her midfield position to Meghan McGinn up the right wing and over to Maria Di Carlo who was able to add an insurance goal and make it 3-1.
About five minutes later, Rose Fay took the ball down the left side of the field after making a great defensive play against Gwyn McGee of Chelsea, passed the ball to Meghan McGinn who dribbled like Pele, placed a great pass to Lindsay DeBoer who snapped the back of the goal with a powerful shot and making it 4-1. Tremendous goaltending was delivered in the first half by Lindsay "nothing gets by me" DeBoer, and in the second half by Courtney "Too Cool" McCool.
AC Milan stayed in second place with a 4-1 win on Wednesday. Molly Breslin put Milan in the lead with two goals off of awesome assists by Emily Lind and Amanda Gresser. In the second half, Breslin completed her hat trick off a beautiful assist by Makayla Beehler.
The final goal was scored by Katie Sammon assisted by Megan Duffy. Duffy and Bridget Breslin did a great job in goal. In the midfield, Jenna Longborg, Claire Hughes and Kaitlin Neiswenter were sharp passers.
Milan was denied a tie for first when Barcelona topped them 4-1 on Friday. Molly Breslin scored Milan's goal off an assist by Kaitlin Neiswenter. In earlier action, Chelsea FC played a great game against Real Madrid. Goalie was played beautifully by Angelina Meringolo. A strong defense was played by Sinaid Gallagher, Colleen Gallagher and Elizabeth Meringolo. All defenders played a strong game with a great save by Meringolo. The girls played hard with some great passing by Gwynivere McGee, Laura Duggin and Victoria Stagnitta. Devin Gavigan played hard and scored the tying goal. Midfield was played hard by Ashley Kelly, Emily Ryan and Taylor Slackman. The game was tied 1-1 and a great effort by both teams made it a very exciting game.
In both the Boys 4-5 and Boys 6-8 divisions Real Madrid and Manchester United are locked in tight battles for first place with Chelsea hanging tough in the younger level.
In Girls 4-5 play, AC Milan has opened up a four point lead despite dropping a 2-1 decision to Celtic FC. Mary Ellen Woods scored the deciding goal. Kelly Davan had great hands in goal. Emma Michaels, Kayla Kilgallon, and Cassie Moriarity showed great ball control and had sharp passes for Milan. Manchester United grabbed a share of second place, topping Real Madrid 2-0 behind goals by Megan Kirk.
The team with the biggest lead in the league is held by the Girls 6-8 of AC Milan. At an undefeated 5-0, they have a five point margin over Manchester United after beating Celtic 3-1. Briana Hart scored for Celtic.
Therese Boyle netted two, Lisa Pulkoski scored one and Celine McMahon rang one off the post for Milan. Manchester held firm to the second slot by netting three second-half scores to pull away from Madrid 4-0. Ciara Flynn made it 1-0 with a goal midway through the first half. Gabby Donofrio preserved the eventual half-time score with a nice kick-save. In the second half Annie Ryan, Casey McDade and Brigid Regan all scored to seal the game. The first grade girls (game on Monday afternoon was between Celtic FC and AC Milan. It was a close game and hard fought on both sides. Celtic FC edged AC Milan 1-0 on a terrific goal scored by Jillian Machado. Celtic FC played with only 6 players and no substitutes. Ryan Courtney was a constant threat on offense and Maggie Comer was terrific in goal for Celtic FC. Frannie Agoglia played solid defense for Celtic FC. All players on both teams were exhausted by games end.
A hard fought game was between Real Madrid and Manchester United in the Boys 2-3 Division, which ended in a 1-1 tie. Jonathan Machado once again led the team on offense for Manchester United by scoring the lone goal. Michael Bellettiere scored the sole goal for Real Madrid. Both teams played great defense including Roland Wertz and James McManus for Manchester and Joseph Carrubba and Mathew Coletta for Madrid.
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Bring the whole family....The annual pilgrimage to the Great Wolf Lodge made players scarce last week so teams shared players to get the games in.
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