2008-10-03 / Sports

SFDS 4th Grade Battle Highlights Soggy Soccer Weekend

Therese Boyle breaks through the Hope defense en route to her eighth goal of the season for the seventh grade girls. Katie King (left) is the trailer. Therese Boyle breaks through the Hope defense en route to her eighth goal of the season for the seventh grade girls. Katie King (left) is the trailer. There were fewer games but still plenty of action for St. Francis CYO soccer last week, highlighted by a fourth grade girls' battle between last year's finalists.

The Fourth Grade Girls again held off an opponent with a 2-0 victory over St. Luke's. In a rematch of last year's championship game, St. Francis prevailed with goals by Maria Di Carlo and Molly Breslin and the assists were from Breslin and Devin Gavigan.

In poor field conditions, outstanding plays came from Gwyn McGee, Lauren Marten, Carli Bopp and Megan Twomey kept St. Luke's from securing any chance of scoring. Tremendous defense by Paulina Ruta, Mollie Kuhlmann, and Meghan Gigliello held Luke's to only two shots on goal. Boredom struck again to both Bridget Breslin and Keira Walsh as they stood and watched the action taking place on the opposite end of the field.

The FirstGrade Boys played a terrific game in the pouring rain this Saturday. Shawn O'Keefe and Patrick Murphy were awesome in the net. Justin Zweifler, Kiernan Smith and Michael Light were strong on the field, but lost in a heartbreaker 1-0 to Our Lady of Grace.

It was a hard fought game under tough conditions. All the boys should be proud of their efforts!

St. Francis' Second Grade Girls beat Blessed Trinity in a 4-0 shut out. Alex Dadario made two great goals into the net. One was helped set up by Daniella DiCarlo, with a nice pass to the center of the field. Elizabeth Carmody played an outstanding game and never let them get by her.

Ginger Kuhlmann, Rian Courtney and Liliana Bartoli did a good job keeping the pressure on Blessed Trinity's goal. Carolyn Diehm, Chrissy Diehm and Victoria Inga played a powerful force on defensive and helped push the ball up the field. It was a great game and the girls really helped each other out.

The Third Grade Girls dominated the field vs. St. Mel's. Katie Marquardt got things started notching the first goal off a beautiful crossover from Katie Barrett. Breanne McDonnell quickly followed with an assist from Kaleigh Gilroy. Breanne McDonnell scored her second goal of the game on a beautiful breakaway which could not be stopped by the St. Mel's goalie. Kelly Ward put one in the net off a strategic pass from Marquardt. SFDS went to the half with a 4-0 lead. Megan Duffy, Kaleigh Gilroy, Rebecca Boland and Angelina Meringolo put plenty of pressure on the St. Mel's goal the entire second half but a number of shots fell just short of a goal. Caroline Kelly and Kerrianne Blum were awesome in goal to preserve the shutout.

The Fourth Grade Boys played a strong defensive game against Blessed Trinity. The team was lead by James McManus, James Munson, Jack Watt, and Benjamin Edwards with there aggressive plays and kicks. They did an unbelievable job keeping the ball out of the 18 yard box. Kyle Hoffman scored two goals and Michael Sullivan added one of his own. Christian Lanzetta and James Carlton added their assists to the goals. Sales won the game 3-0.

The boys continued there defensive hard work with Joe Morelli with his big kick clearing, Munson, and Watt both at different times stepping up to stop a breakaway and John Said working the ball out of the zone.

The midfield was lead by Jonathan Machado, Mario Cimino, and Matthew Colletta. The middies did a great job feeding the ball to Hoffman who scored two goals and Andrew O'Sullivan who score his first goal. Machado and Cimino also contributed to a goal each. Luca Bartoli and Michael Sullivan assisted in the goals. Benjamin Edwards and Dominic Savino did a fine job as the team wall

The Sixth Grade Boys worked the ball well with good passing, moving to space and changing positioning when needed during the Blessed Trinity game which tied 2-2. The boys kept driving the ball in the other team's zone throughout the game. Joe Moran kept closing the door on the boys. Kevin McDonagh was on a roll leading Sales to both of the goals.

Ryan Hoffman and Luke Gersh assisted to the goals. Max Frankel, and Michael Tammaro did a fine job defensively.

In the second game against Assisi, the boys let it all out with a 6-1 win. Jimmy Howard played an awesome game as striker leading Sales with two goals and two assists.

Gersh, Ryan Hoffman and McDonagh all were able to find the back of the net. Anthony the silent goalie for the first half, led the second half with two assists. The goal of the game was a cross by Jim Howard to Augie Ameruso who headed the ball in the net. John Frost and Tommy Lynch kept the pressure on Assisi's goalie driving the ball down the side to set up the goals. Joe Brown showed what taking charge of the goal means as a goalie. Frankel with his heads up thinking took control of the midfield

In earlier action on the pitch in Roxbury, the

Second Grade Boys of St Francis team #2 met up with their classmates from Breezy and Roxbury on the Blessed Trinity squad for a little game of soccer.

Early into the first half Matt McDade cut through Trinity's defense to score his first goal of the season. Later in the same half Joe Braskey filled the net again for the Frannies, but before the half ended Ryan Fitzgerald struck back for Trinity to make it 2- 1 at the half.

After a physical first half, St Francis' boys put on a dazzling display in the second, in particular by Kevin Connelly (two goals) and Aidan Smith in goal. Connelly took the ball the length of the field both times through multiple defenders with a variety of spectacular moves to help the Frannies pull away.

Aidan Smith in goal was a sight to be seen, eating up offensive drives by Trinity time after time and even taking a knee to the head while blunting a Trinity attack and having to leave the game, only to return in goal a few minutes later and continue to stifle Trinity's determined offense.

James "I'm not Johnny" Carson iced the game for St. Francis with his first goal of the season despite Trinity's penalty shot goal and secured a 5-2 victory in their first away game of the season.

The combination of tough defense and great hustle by Kevin Murphy, Jack McDade, and Garrett Connolly and the always-on-the-ball mentality of Dylan Abernathy, Kennedy Kirk, and Kai Jahrens made the boys of St Francis too much for Trinity to overcome.

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