Sun Shines On St. Francis Soccer; Deuces Are Wild For Third Grade Girls
In fact, deuces were wild for the
Third Grade Girls. They had another doubleheader weekend and came away with two victories. On Saturday, Katie Marquardt and Meagan Duffy scored two goals each on a 4-0 win over Our Lady of the Snows.
Marquardt got the scoring started after she received a strategic pass from teammate Breanne McDonnell and netted her second goal off a crossover from Katie Barrett. Duffy then took control from the right wing, netting her first goal of the season off a feed from Jessica Buckley. Duffy quickly notched her second goal after Maddie McDade delivered it up the right side to set up the goal.
Hannah Nicholson and Caroline Kelly were standouts on defense. Angelina Meringolo did a fine job in goal, preserving the shutout.
On Sunday, St. Francis got two more goals from Marquardt in a 2-0 win over OLBS. After a scoreless first half, Marquardt quickly found the back of the net off a beautiful pass from Kelly Ward.
The combo worked so well that a little later it was repeated with Marquardt again scoring off another awesome pass from Kelly. Jessica Morelli was spectacular on defense. Sinead Gallagher and Makayla Beehler did a phenomenal job in goal with special kudos to Lindsey DeBoer who made some spectacular saves shortly after stepping into the goalie box.
The Seventh Grade Girls avenged an opening day loss to St. Margaret's and took another important step toward the playoffs with a 3-0 win.
Nicole Maranga got St. Francis on the board in the first five minutes by breaking up the middle and depositing the ball in the lower left corner. With 10 minutes left in the half, Therese Boyle swung right and carried four defenders in her wake. Hannah Cummins (assist) and Katie King (goal) teamed up to tap home Therese's cross. Late in the second half, Boyle went top shelf off a stolen goal kick to ice the game. Goalkeeper Gabby Donofrio made a stunning save to preserve the shutout.
The First Grade Boys (South) were outstanding this weekend. On Saturday, six different team members - Patrick Murphy, Michael Light, Kyle Duffy, Daniel Green, James Resker and Tom Resker - scored for St. Francis in a 6-0 victory over St. Gregory's.
Goalies Shawn O'Keefe and Michael DeMarco notched the shutout. Sunday brought a terrific road game against Our Lady of Hope. Down 2-0 in the second half, Resker connected on two penalty shot goals. With the game tied, and the clock running out, Duffy broke out and took the ball all the way down the field to score the winning goal in the last seconds of the game!
Outstanding goaltending by Cooper Nagel and Resker kept the game close. Aggressive offense and defense by John Martin, Murphy, Dino Borelli and Jason Moore gave us a 3-2 victory over a strong Hope team.
The First Grade Boys (North) dominated their game on Sunday against St. Anastasia. Terence Marten and Luca D'Ambrosio showed great ball skills and scored their first goals of the season. Jack Collins (2 goals), Joseph Tammaro and Michael McManus contributed four more goals to lead the team to a 6-0 victory.
Forwards Jacob Wertz, Harry Charles and Matthew McDonagh kept the pressure on the goalie and never gave up. With help from defenders Joseph Featherston, Michael Breslin and Jason Campbell, Anastasia was held scoreless. Even without subs, the boys stayed sharp and never showed any signs of fatigue.
The Second Grade Girls beat Hope 2 in a 7-0 shutout. Hannah Harkins and Taylor Scaccia both made great shots on goal from the start. Daniella DiCarlo didn't give up and made a beautiful shot in the net. Alex Dadario and Megan Rienhardt both followed with goals of their own to seal the deal.
Hope 2 could not get past our outstanding defense of Paige McDade, Francesca Agoglia and Kate Wrynn. Victoria Inga made powerful kicks, which ended up as passes to the offense. Rian Courtney, Jillian Howard and Victoria Meier pushed the ball up the field and added pressure on Hope's defense. All the girls played a great game.
The Eighth Grade Girls won against St. Luke 4-1. Briana Hart stepped up and took charge of the goal. The team started off slowly but Jenna
Hoffman brought the ball down the wing to find Lisa Pulkoski who crossed to Erin Blum (2 goals) who found the back of the net to get de Sales back to speed. Marissa Scotto had the second goal with a blast from the 18-yard box. Patricia Buell, Emily Santiago and Kristen Henschel did a find job playing defense and offense throughout the game. Megan Rochelle, Regina Paskoff and Kayla Halvey held Luke off defensively for de Sales. Scottopassed to Jenna Hoffman who was able to find the right post for the final goal.
The Fourth Grade Boys won 3-0 against Margaret. The first half was tough but Kyle Hoffman was able to break lose to score the first goal of the game. Jonathan Machado had a good game with smart passes and strong drives to the goal.
Christian Lanzetta used smarts and patience to be in the right position to blast the ball from the 18 to find the top right hand corner of the net. James Carlton gave a quick pass to Kyle Hoffman who was able to come up with the final goal. Benjamin Edwards played goal in the second half and made a diving save in the final minutes that was a play of the game.
The Fourth Grade Girls continued winning with a 4-1 victory over Hope. Goals by Maria Di Carlo, Nicole Gibson, Kelly Santiago and Courtney McCool with assists by Molly Breslin, Carli Bopp and Nicole Gibson pushed St. Francis one game closer to a playoff spot. A slightly busier day for Bridget Breslin in goal with a total of five outstanding saves. An exceptional game from Colleen Gallagher and Ciara Smith also contributed to the fifth victory for the girls this season.
In earlier action, the Sixth Grade Boys (#1) played two games against American Martyrs from North Queens. In two greatly contested matches, St. Francis split the pair with a win of 2-1 and a 2-0 loss. Both games were exciting as St. Francis spent most of both games in front of the other team's goal. On Saturday, our goals were scored by Garrett Murnan and John Whalen. On Sunday, our offense just couldn't score a goal. St. Francis missed over ten shots on goal and with the opponent getting two breakaways, they scored two quick goals late in the game for the victory.
The Fifth Grade Boys traveled and fought hard against a strong team from Assisi. Strong offense by Kyle Connollt, Matt Lasorda, Ethan Ruiz and Joe Gallo along with aggressive play by midfielders Jack Carter, Patrick Rocks and Jason Stabiner plus great defense by Michael Sweeney, John Boyle, Brendan Woods and Sean Meier paced the team. If not for the quick hands on goalies Dillon Beehler and Alex Goldberg, the outcome would have been different.
STILL SHINING: Numerous girls and boys from the SFDS program are continuing to play soccer in high school. They are making an impact on their teams.
This week, the Molloy-Mary Louis JV soccer games featured nine players from SFDS representing two of the top teams in the city. Molloy's team is lead by Catherine Brown, Casey Collins, Shannon Dinerman and Bridget Klien. Mary Louis is lead by Mary Boyle, Rachel Gersh, Dierdre Mundy, Dierdre Re and Kara Ryan.
Molloy won the first game 3-1. Mary Louis took the second contest 4-1.