Rockaway Rocks With Super Soccer From St. Francis and Blessed Trinity
The Fourth Grade Boys had an exciting game Friday night with Blessed Trinity. James Carlton had the wheels going all throughout the game. Connor Buckley gave a cross from the left wing to find James who put it away for de Sales first goal. Midfielders Mario Cimnio, Matthew Coltta, Jonathon Machado and Michael Sullivan worked hard and passed the ball to their forwards. Kyle Hoffman gave de Sales their second goal on a penalty shot. Benjamin Edwards and Dominic Savino took charge of the net for de Sales. The final was 2-2.
The First Grade Girls (#2) played against Blessed Trinity on Saturday. Both teams played strong and could not score against each other, resulting in a 0-0 tie. Molly Abernethy's quick moves in goal made scoring unachievable. Kate McNamara was quick on her feet and kicked the ball out of the defensive zone along with the help of Annalise O'Leary and Nikki Cimino.
Catherine Lunny and Grace Lanzetta were aggressive pushing the ball up the field along with the help of Sohia Edri and Riley Coyne. Emma Baldwin, Annie Burns, Kristen Green, Maggie McHenery and Katie Hogg worked hard helping defense and offensive. The girls never gave up and played a great game.
The Seventh Grade Girls solidified their playoff position with an important, hard fought victory over Blessed Trinity.
Playing with the wind at their backs in the first half, St. Francis had a few great shots but were stymied by the highlight-film goaltending of Courtney Lind. On the other end of the field, backliners Meghan Shevlin, Victoria Rivara, Stephanie Zwirn and Alexis Feldman helped keep the score 0-0.
Just before halftime, Therese Boyle finally ended Courtney's perfect afternoon to put St. Francis up 1-0. In second stanza, Blessed Trinity was on the attack and would have tied the game if not for a leaping one-handed save by Raina Dzuik.
The first place Fourth Grade Girls defeated Blessed Trinity 4-1. Two goals each were made by Maria Di Carlo and Molly 'Gator" Breslin. he goals were assisted by Courtney McCool, Kaitlin Neiswenter, Nicole Gibson, and Lauren Marten. Blessed Trinity attacked first with a goal scored on a penalty shot by Erin Kennedy.
St. Francis did not let this get to them. They continued to attack and put pressure on the Trinity's midfield and defense until they tied the game up in the first half. The combined efforts of Victoria Stagnitta in midfield along with Gwyn McGee helped keep the pressure in the Blessed Trinity half of the field. The solid defense of Mollie Kuhlmann, Paulina Ruta, Meghan Gigliello and Ava Evangelist continued to stay strong.
In one of the most compelling games of the season, the First Grade Girls (#1) defeated Our Lady of Hope, 4-3, at Hope. The game saw three lead changes and was played with a sense of urgency to the very end.
Taking an early 2-0 lead, SFDS seemed to have the game in control, when the Hope girls seized the momentum by scoring two late first half goals to tie the game. Then Hope scored another midway through the second half to take a 3-2 lead before the St Francis girls turned it up a notch. Late goals by Shannon Neiswenter and Sydney Urban turned the tide and St Francis didn't look back.
The unbelievable competition of the game was marked by outstanding defensive play to the very end of the game led by Kate Hughes, Beth Dunn and Maggie Bernath along with the smart goaltending of Hannah Skammel who prevented Hope from getting the equalizer.
The First Grade Boys (North) also played in one of the most exciting games of the season, tying St. Luke's 2- 2. Both goals were scored by Ian Byrne with assists from Kyle Cornish. Joseph Tammaro, Luca D'Ambrosio, Brendan Watters, and Joseph Featherston controlled the tempo of the game with great defensive plays.
Jack Collins and Michael McManus were dominant in midfield and continued to shut down the other team. The boys fought hard from start to finish and never game up.
The Eighth Grade Girls were busy this weekend playing soccer and trying to get to all the open houses.
Sales only had 14 girls out of their 22 present, but came on top with a 3-0 win against St. Andrews.
Jenna Hoffman gave a cross from the left side of the field to see Erin Blum waiting to finish it up for the first goal. The second goal started up by Jenna giving a back pass to Megan LaCognata who gave a powerful cross in front of the net to have Lisa Pul- koski give a follow up into the goal. Jessie Boland, Regina Paskoff, and Marissa Scotto took control on midfield with their aggressive plays and passes. Catherine Muldoon had her best game of the season on defense. Jennie O'Hara did a great job in goal with her guidance and leadership in the defensive zone.
The final goal was picture perfect. Catherine Murphy cleared the ball to Erin who brought the ball down the line. O'Hara made a cut towards the sidelines, received the pass, and continued to the 18-yard line. She gave a cross pass, which found Kristin Henschel, who did a one touch into the left corner of the net.