2008-09-19 / Sports

SFDS Opens The CYO Soccer Season With Goals Aplenty

Tom Lynch of the Seventh Grade Boys team #2 drills the ball past Hope's goaltender. Tom Lynch of the Seventh Grade Boys team #2 drills the ball past Hope's goaltender. It was a hot opening week for St. Francis' CYO soccer teams, who kept the opposing goalies busy in some high-scoring affairs.

The Fourth Grade Girls team looked as if last season never ended. The defending champions toppled Our Lady of Hope by a score of 6-0. Goals during the game came from Molly Breslin (3), Maria Di Carlo (2), and Kaitlin Neiswenter. The assists for the goals were by Maria Di Carlo (3), Kelly Santiago, Rose Fay and Molly Breslin.

The team showed an aggressive offense right from the opening kick off, as they created a lot of pressure in Hope's half of the pitch all game. Tremendous ball control by Lauren "Speedy" Marten, Bridget Breslin, Victoria Stagnitta, Alex Weigerta, and Courtney "Too Cool" McCool kept Hope from breaking the midfield line.

The team would also like to welcome two new additions this season, Sabrina Lopez and Jessica Rivera. Lopez missed the opening game due to a muscle pull in her left leg but the team physician believes she will be ready next weekend.

The Fifth Grade Girls also got their title defense off to a fast start, scoring at least 10 goals in two victories over Sacred Heart. The two grade boys teams also filled the nets last weekend.

Team #1 was edged in a 7-6 shooting gallery. Team #2 blitzed their opponent with a barrage midway through the first half in defeating Hope 3-0. The team's first goal was scored by Augie Ameruso with the assist from Jimmy Howard.

Tommy Lynch and Luke Gersch added to the lead with the next two goals. Michael Tammaro led a solid defense to keep Hope scoreless with help from Kevin McDonough, Tommy Morgan and goalie Bard Featherston.

The Fourth Grade Boys scored their first goal of the new season in the first four minutes of the game. Jonathan Machado made a pass to Kyle Hoffman, who gave a cross to James Carlton for a one touch into the net. Kyle Hoffman answered back with two more goals.

Michael Sullivan, Matthew Coletta, Joey Morelli, Luca Bartoli, and Christain Lanzetta did a fine job keeping the pressure on Hope's goalie. Mario Cimino and Conor Buckley each were able to find the net for a goal in the second half. The defense play was lead by Jack Watt and Roland Wertz. Dominic Savino took control of the net with his quick moves and magic hands. The boys showed a great job of teamwork. De Sales stayed on top for a 5-1 victory.

The Second Grade Girls scored a 5-0 victory over Our Lady of Hope. Elizabeth Carmody power kicked the ball on defense to assist Ryan Carlton in getting the first goal of the game. Hannah Harkins out ran their defense to get two more goals and Kelsey Flynn finished it off with the final goal to seal the deal. Our great goalie, Paige Humphrey, dove for the ball and protected our goal, so we could have a shut out. The Hope team could not get past St. Francis' defense with Victoria Meier, Francesca Agoglia and Ginger Kuhlmann.

In tighter contests, the Second Grade Boys picked up where they left off last year, topping Hope 3-1. Early into the first half John "Barracuda" Baroudas netted the first goal of the season for the Frannies utilizing his typical fancy footwork.

After a penalty deep in the Frannies defensive end, Our Lady of Hope tied it up by slipping a penalty kick by Joe Braskey in goal. Not to be outdone, before the first half whistle, Joe Braskey powered one by Hope's doorman. Finally, the golden foot of Kevin Connelly put Hope's hope away with less than ten to play in the second half to solidify a great day of play by all.

The Third Grade Girls claimed their first victory of the season against the always tough competitor, Blessed Trinity. Breanne McDonnell found the back of the net off a beautiful pass from Lindsey DeBoer. In the second half, Katie Marquardt increased the lead to 2-0 after converting a beautiful feed from Makayla Beehler.

Jessica Buckley did an awesome job in goal, making a number of key saves to preserve the shutout. A special shoutout goes to our two newest members, Jessica Morelli and Sydney O'Brien, who were powerful forces on defense.

The Eighth Grade Girls kicked off the season with a win against St. Gregory 4-1. The passing and communication on the field among the girls was outstanding. Jenna Hoffman started the rally with a pass from Marissa Scotto that hit the top right corner. Lauren Perrone followed it up with a through pass to Jenna that hit the back of the net for the second goal of the game.

Erin Blum followed the lead with a pass from Megan LaCognata that hit the left top of the net. Erin continued to strive to get her second goal of the game. Jessie Boland, Emily Santiago and Regina Paskoff kept the ball moving at midfield. Goalie Jennie O'Hara took charge with her guidance on the field and her magic gloves in the net. Sunday was a heart breaker. The girls played a hard physical game against Hope and lost 2-1.

Regina Paskoff was able to find the right corner of the net to give Sales a lead in the first half. Briana Hart, Meg Lacognata, Marissa Scotto and Kristen Henschel had a great day defensively. The girls gave their all but the sometime the calls do not work out they way you want them to.

Playing its first game since merging two teams into one very large squad, the Seventh Grade Girls struggled to establish flow and fell behind St. Margaret's 3-0. In the second half, St. Francis found its stride and took command of the action. Ciara Flynn scored a beautiful goal off a corner kick by Meaghan King. Nicole Maranga and Hannah Kirk forced scoring chances. Ginna Davan was solid in net. St. Margaret prevailed 4- 1.

Although the season started off a little slow for the Fifth Grade Boys team, they were still able to win 4-1 against a very spirited group from St. Mels. Kyle Connelly scored two goals with assists from Matt LaSorsa and John Scaccia, while Joe Gallo scored off an assist by Ethan Ruiz. The final tally for St. Francis was scored by Jason Stabiner off an exceptional play by Joe Gallo.

All of these goals were supported by Alex Goldberg, who not only was able to get the ball up the field to the attacking players, but also dropped back to support the defensive line when ever necessary. Dillon Beehler had an outstanding game in goal, and without his many aggressive saves, the outcome of the game might have been different.

New To The Pitch

Last week also marked the first ever games for this year's first graders. The 1st Grade Boys #1 team won their first game on Sunday against St. Andrews. In a 4-0 win, they played hard and outran their opponents. Joseph Tammaro, Kyle Cornish and Ian Byrne scored the first goals of the season. Jack Collins, Dillon Ostrander, Joseph Featherston, and Matthew McDonagh made great defensive plays to dominate the game. Great way to start off the season boys!

1st Grade Boys (South) team played great in their season opener, too. James Resker scored three goals and Daniel Green had one against Blessed Trinity. Our defense was outstanding led by Cooper Nagel, Dean Hanrahan, Tom Charles and Ryan Duffy. Michael DeMarco and Tom Bennett were super in the net. We are looking forward to a great season.

The 1st Grade Girls #2 team played strong against Hope on Saturday, losing 2-1. Emma Baldwin scored our first goal with the assist going to Carrianne Sconzo. Grace Lanzetta played an amazing goalie position keeping out attempted goals.

Mollie Abernethy and Analise O'Leary played great midfield positions. Forwards Catherine Lunny and Nina Melchiorri were strong keeping the ball on Hope's side of the field. Defense was aggressive with Riley Coyne, Kristen Green, and Katie Hogg.

All in all it was a great start to the season.

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