2008-09-26 / Sports

St. Francis Soccer Teams Doubles Its Pleasure

Little ones from Blessed Trinity and St. Francis chase the ball in a first grade game. Little ones from Blessed Trinity and St. Francis chase the ball in a first grade game. Week 2 of the CYO soccer season was very busy and it produced wins and bunches of goals. Five teams posted two victories each last weekend.

The Eight Grade Girls played St. Andrew's and won 4-1. Kelly Casey (goal and assist), Erin Blum (2 goals), Jenna Hoffman (assist) and Kristen Henschel (goal) paced the offense. Marissa Scotto took charge of the net in the second half with the team chanting for her. DeSales second game was a tough one but beat Gregory 2-0.

Briana Hart, Regina Paskoff, and Catherine Murphy each stepped up and did a fine job in goal. The girls scored the first goal 51 seconds into the first half. Megan LaCognata kicked a corner kick to Lauren Perrone who did a one touch for the goal. Blum closed it off by bringing the ball down the wing to find the left side of the net.

The Seventh Grade Girls became playoff contenders with two wins, 5-0 over Our Lady of the Snows and 3-2 over Sacred Heart. St. Francis quickly washed away its opening day loss, scoring in the first minute against Snows when Therese Boyle (4 goals) converted the goal off passes from Casey McDade and Ginna Davan.

In the second half, Boyle used a dazzling ball handling display to weave her way through six defenders before completing her hat trick on a breakaway.

When Annie Reinhardt scored in similar fashion two minutes later, the win was sealed. The next day, a determined Sacred Heart grabbed the early lead from St. Francis. Davan's 10-first half saves kept the game tight.

Therese Boyle's second hat trick of the weekend provided just enough offense as stellar defensive play down the stretch by Alexis Feldman, Anna Charles, Meghan Shevlin and goalie Gabby Donofrio assured the victory.

The Sixth Grade Boys were on a soccer roller coaster with three games. The first one started under the lights with there friends in Breezy. It was a good game with a lot of action and ended in a 2-2 tie. The boys were on the road by 10:30 a.m. to start again with Assisi and fell behind by two goals in the first half.

The second half was a different story. Ryan Hoffman gave a pass to Jimmy Howard who fed it off to Luke Gersh to find the net. That is what the boys needed.

Connor Ryan did an unbelievable job defensively holding Assisi's center forward from getting into the 18 yard box. Hoffman and Gersh scored to put St. Francis ahead. The boys played like a team, and most had confidence in themselves and never gave up.

The final game of the weekend was a physical was against Hope. Augie Ameruso had the magic hands throughout the game holding off Hope to no goals. Jimmy Howard (2 goals) and Hoffman did the scoring in a 3-0 victory with assists from Bard Featherston and Connor Ryan.

The SFDS Second Grade Girls shut out St. Anastasia this weekend. On Saturday, Taylor Scaccia made a beautiful goal to start the game off right. Hannah Harkins followed with 2 more goals, to shut them out 3-0. Kelsey Flynn and Jillan Machado assisted the forwards by pushing the ball up the field. Our defense, Victoria Inga, Elizabeth Meringolo and Kate Wrynn were tough and never let them close to the goal.

On Sunday, Alex Dadario took a quick break away down the field and scored the first goal of the game. Ryan Carlton followed with a strong kick into the net, to make it a 2-0 game. Reilly Mangano, Jillan Howard and Olivia Murray all get shoutouts for playing tough and showing great teamwork.

Paige McDade, Hiedi Oyler and Chrstine Diehm didn't let St. Anastsia break past the defense and our goalie Meringolo didn't have to touch the ball the whole game.

All the girls played a great game and they couldn't have done it without all the players on the team, playing as a team.

In a tightly contested game at the Throgs Neck on Saturday, the First Grade Girls #1 defeated St Luke's 2- 1. Two beautiful goals from Sydney Urban were all the scoring they needed. Solid goaltending by both Katie Hughes and Beth Dunn and outstanding possession play of Noelle Cary, Jillian McCabe, Maggie Murphy and Molly Murtagh with additional support from Julianna Moule, Katie Savastano and Katie Roventini contributed to this impressive win.

On Sunday, the Mites beat a very tough Our Lady of Hope team 5-3 at Fort Tilden. Sparked by two goals a piece from Urban and McCabe and another from Molly Murtagh, St Francis controlled much of the game. Strong offensive play by Noelle Carey, Moule, Maggie Murphy, Katie Roventini and Katie Savastano threatened the Hope goal all day as Beth Dunn and Katie Gillen played stellar defense.

The goaltending of Kate Hughes and Johannah Skammel did a great job and contributed greatly to this terrific team win.

The Fourth Grade Girls played another outstanding game ousting St. Mel's by a score of 7-0. Goals in this game came from Maria Di Carlo (3), Lauren "Speedy" Marten (2), Courtney "Too Cool" McCool, and Kelly Santiago. Those goals were assisted by Molly Breslin (2), McCool, Rose Fay, Lauren Moule, Victoria Stagnitta, and Devin Gavigan. Tremendous ball control by Victoria Stagnitta, Gwyn McGee, Sabrina Lopez, and Breslin kept St. Mel's from breaking into the St. Francis half of the field. New goaltender Mollie Kuhlmann faced two shots and made it look easy.

The Fourth Grade Boys had a very physical game against Assisi and came on top 3-1. Kyle Hoffman started it off with a goal in the first half. James Carlton got a lead pass from Kyle to find the net for Sales second goal. Mario Cimino kicked a corner kicked to find Jonathon Machado in the box who did a one touch to find the back of the net. The defensive plays by Michael Sullivan kept Assisi away from the 18 yard line. Dominic Savino did a fine job in net holding Assisi to only one goal.

This weekend the Third Grade Girls had a doubleheader vs. Hope 2, a great competitor. Angelina Meringolo was a standout in defense. Maddie Mc Dade shined on offense. Ashley Kelley suffered an injury but made a great play to thwart a Hope breakaway.

With just minutes to play, Hope was able to take the lead 1-0. The SFDS girls kept the ball in front of Hope's net, for the rest of the game but were unable to score as time ran out. On Sunday, the girls played tight, aggressive ball. Katie Barrett did a terrific job at wing. Jessica Buckley and Makayla Beehler were awesome in midfield. Sinead Gallagher was outstanding in goal. Again, with just minutes to play, Hope was able to take the lead 1-0. St. Francis fought valiantly to tie it up but it was not to be. We look forward to meeting Hope 2 again in the playoffs.

The First Grade Boys South had a great weekend! On Saturday, Tom Resker scored 2 goals in a 2-1 victory over St. Margaret. Kyle Duffy and Daniel McMullan had some great saves to keep us in the game.

Liam McIvor and Michael Light were incredible on offense, while Justin Zweifler rocked on defense. On Sunday, Tom Resker again scored two goals, and brother James scored three goals. Cooper Nagel hit a sweet penalty shot, making the score against St. Gregory 6-0. John Martin and Shawn O'Keefe were perfect goalies, and our offensive team of Kiernan Smith, Patrick Murphy and Tom Charles kept St. Gregory's team on defense all afternoon. Our whole team should be extremely proud of themselves after a perfect weekend!

The First Grade Girls DeSales #2 had their first victory against Blessed Trinity 1-0. Strong passing from Sohia Edri, Caitlin Mullin and Nina Melchiorri all assisted Carianne Sconzo with her quick swift goal. Defense players Kate McNamara, Catherine Lunny and Analiese O'Leary made it hard for Blessed Trinity to score, along with Grace Lanzetta who showed her quickness as goalie.

Molly Abernethy, Emma Baldwin, Kristen Green, Annie Burns, Nikki Cimino, and Maggie McHenry were aggressive keeping the ball on Blessed Trinity's side.

The First Grade Boys De Sales 1 team played a great game on Sunday against St. Andrew's. The boys came out on top with a 5-2 win.

The goals were scored by Michael McManus (2), Kyle Cornish, Jack Collins and Brendan Watters. Defense was outstanding played by Luca D'Ambrosio, Terrence Martin, and Dillon Ostrander.

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