2008-05-30 / Sports

PC Soccer Will Crown Champions This Weekend

Ciara Flynn (2 goals) advances the ball against 6-8 Celtic in semifinal matchup won by Manchester United.
After two months of exciting action, the Peninsula Cup Champions League reaches it climax this weekend with six title matches and the annual awards barbeque.

The Boys 2-3, Girls 2-3 and Boys 4-5 had semifinal games during the week to determine matchups; the other divisions already had their final pairings set.

In Girls 4-5, Manchester United knocked off Real Madrid in a spirited 4- 2 tussle to earn a final date with top seed AC Milan. Milan advanced with a win over Celtic FC.

In Boys 6-8, the Celtic squad will play for the title against Manchester United Sunday morning. A third Manchester squad (Girls 6-8), will also play for the top prize after edging Celtic 2-0.

The tight battle featured several scoring opportunities for both teams. Manchester's goalie, Raina Dziuk, made an impressive save off of a blast from Courtney Lind and Jenna Hoffman had an opportunity in front of the net, but could not get the ball to settledown and kicked it wide. Manchester had several break-outs that ended with two shots (Marissa Scotto, Ciara Flynn) going wide of the net and one saved by Jennie O'Hara.

Flynn finally ended the scoring drought, capping a fast-break with a goal - tucked into the right side- midway thru the first half.

The second half was all defense. The only scoring came via a Manchester penalty shot, called because of a handball in the penalty box. Goalie Lind made a valiant attempt, but could not stop the shot by Flynn. Kudos to the Celtic defense of Sophia Zweifler, Sam Scaccia, Jennie O'Hara and Lind for their strong play

For Manchester, Flynn gets a nod for her two goals, but midfielders Anna Claire DelVecchio, Emily Santiago, Summer Trusttum, Katherine Kelly and Lauren Cherubini (sweep) must be recognized for stopping the Celtic drives and beginning several fastbreaks.

In the other Girls 6-8 semi-final match AC Milan beat Real Madrid, 4-2. Manchester dealt Milan their only loss of the season, so the Championship game should be very entertaining.

In quarterfinal action, Boys 2-3 Milan won 6-1 with James Carlton leading the way with five goals. Kyle Hoffman added the final tally. Milan benefitted from great defensive work by Daniel Lynch and Sean McCarthy and the magic hands of goalie Dominick Savino. Barcelona never gave up and strived throughout the game with the lead of Billy Reid. Brian Feimer had a good game in goal. Chelsea beat Manchester 2-1.

The Boys 4-5 quarters featured an upset by FC Barcelona who knocked off Chelsea for it first win of the season. Brian Gunun had two goals. Meanwhile, Manchester beat Celtic 3-2. Patrick Fiemer had a hat trick with the assists of Ryan Hoffman, Brian Ostrander, and John Scaccia.

Goalie Aidan Morgan was on fire. He had unbelievable saves in the last five minutes of the game to keep Manchester on top. Dillian Reid, Brian Ostrander and Michael Tammaro showed what communication and teamwork is all about. Chris Ray for team Celtic kept Manchester on their toes. Ray ended up finding the net for Celtic's first goal.

HEADERS: All championship games will be at Fort Tilden as will the Annual Awards Barbeque.

All families are welcome.

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