Manchester United Nips Milan in Key PC Battle
In one of the better matches of the season, Manchester cut Milan's lead in the standings from five points to two. All of the scoring took place in the first half. Marissa Scotto demonstrated exceptional ball-handling abilities as she threaded through the AC Milan defense to score both goals. She also had a fast break that ended with her going left-foot and pushing the ball just wide of the net.
Later in the first half, Lisa Pulkowski put on a power demonstration by blasting one in from the right side to make the score 2-1. That ended the scoring, but not the thrills.
The defense of Manchester United was tested in the second half as most of the play took place in the Manchester end of the field. Milan's Therese Boyle kept the pressure on the "Man U" defense by continually intercepting passes and bringing the ball back into the offensive zone.
On one, however, luck took over when Therese powered a shot off of the crossbar, allowing Manchester the win.
In other Girls 6-8 action, Celtic FC beat Madrid, 5-2. Jenna Hoffman and Kathleen Woods scored 2 goals each and Casey Lind scored a goal. Courtney Lind and Hannah Kirk wore the magic goalie gloves. Lorianna D'Alessandro did a great job at midfield along with Jessie Boland and Brianna Hart.
Madrid's forward, Kristen Corral, scored both goals with the help of her forwards Megan Rochelle, Nicole Maranga and Kelly Casey, who kept putting pressure on Celtic.
The Girls 4-5 division tightened up as Real Madrid and Manchester each won to creep within one point of AC Milan. Manchester was powered by Megan Kirk's second half hat trick; Real Madrid got goals from Britanny Scherriff, Caroline Good and Emma Michaels, plus an assist from Emily Greenstein and Kayla "Corner Kick" Kilgallen.
FC Barcelona and AC Milan continued their 1-2 march atop the Girls 2-3 division.
In a hard fought battle to solidify a playoff position, FC Barcelona squeezed by Manchester United, 1-0.
It was a back-and-forth game in the first half with only 5 shots on goal for each team. Midfielders Isabella "Bella" Grillo, Meghan McGinn, and Lindsay DeBoer made tremendous plays. The second half started as if the first half never ended, with a tough battle to gain control and momentum of the game.
That changed when Nora Young threw-in to Caleigh Casey who put a few moves on Manchester's defense and threaded a phenomenal pass to Maria Di Carlo who one touched the ball into the back of the goal, to break the tie.
In her first appearance on the field, Liz Clark looked like she was born with a soccer ball attached to her foot and made some outstanding passes.
The play of Courtney "Too Cool" McCool, and Keira Walsh in goal helped Barcelona move closer to a playoff spot. The girls of AC Milan were able to pull out another victory, 1-0, after Emily Lind scored on a huge kick from the top of the box.
Molly Breslin and Kaitlin Neiswenter did a great job of passing to open up some scoring opportunities, but thanks to the strong goaltending of Sinead Gallagher they were unable to convert.
Claire Hughes and Amanda Gresser did an excellent job of position playing in midfield and Katie Sammon and Makayla Beehler did a great job on both defense and attack. Megan Duffy and Kerrianne Blum performed nicely in goal and were able to preserve the shutout.
In Boys 4-5 action, Real Madrid extended its first place lead with a win over second place Manchester. Manchester also tied Barcelona 1-1. In this match Kevin McDonagh, Dillion Reid, and Patrick Feimer worked well together at midfield keeping the pres- sure on Barcelona. Tom Lynch and Jack Carter showed their ball-handling skills by moving the ball forward throughout the game.
Christopher Sammon stepped-up and did a fine job in goal. Team Barcelona's goalies Anthony Scotto and James Corrigan both had unbelievable saves throughout the game.
Conor Ryan, Augie Ameruso and Connor Leahry kept moving down field, working quick passes with hopes of finding the net. Barcelona's goal came off of a pass by Alex Goldberg and a follow up one touch by Kyle Hoffman.
In the very tight Boys 2-3 division, Milan and Chelsea tied 1-1. Kyle Hoffman scored Milan's goal. David Hanrahan, Danny Lynch, and Joseph Dellonno did an awesome job in the backfield, clearing the ball and looking for quick outlet passes. Milan also lost 6-2 to Celtic FC.
HEADERS: The playoffs start on the week of May 19. Visit the PC Champions league website for up-todate news and more pictures of your children in action.
The address is http://homeearth link.net/~shevy62. The Champions League Awards Barbeque will be June 1 at 1:00 p.m. in Fort Tilden.
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