2008-11-07 / Sports

St. Francis Soccer Closes October By Shutting Down The Opposition

Chris Ray and Charles Gavigan (in gold) try to keep the ball from Anthony Scotto and Conor Ryan (at right) in a battle between the St. Francis Sixth Grade teams. Gold won 1-0. Chris Ray and Charles Gavigan (in gold) try to keep the ball from Anthony Scotto and Conor Ryan (at right) in a battle between the St. Francis Sixth Grade teams. Gold won 1-0. Halloween couldn't end fast enough for St. Francis' soccer opponents. The blue and gold finished October with a wave of shutout victories.

The Fourth Grade Girls continue to hold strong and stay undefeated by beating St. Mel's 2-0. The first goal of the game was the product of great ball movement by Lauren Marten, Kelly Santiago and Maria Di Carlo with Santiago slipping it past the goalie.

St. Mel's had six prime breakaway opportunities to tie it or take the lead but the goaltending of Bridget Breslin stopped them in their tracks.

The second goal was set up by the dribbling and passing of Carli Bopp and Lauren Moule. Their assists enabled Di Carlo to solidify the win with the second goal of the game. The second half was a see-saw battle but the tremendous defense of Paulina Ruta, Meghan Gigliello, Mollie Kuhlmann and Ava Evangelista held Mel's from scoring.

Boys from both St. Francis Sixth Grade teams battle the ball in a 1-0 triumph by Gold. Boys from both St. Francis Sixth Grade teams battle the ball in a 1-0 triumph by Gold. The Second Grade Girls were very tough last weekend. On Saturday they shut out St. Anastasia 5-0. Hannah Harkins passed the ball beautifully to Ryan Carlton, who then scored the goal. Daniella DiCarlo centered the ball perfectly to Alex Dadario, who then put the ball in the goal.

Jillan Machado blasted the ball right past the goalie. Jillan Howard, Kelsey Flynn, Rielly Mangano and Lilianna Bartoli helped keep the ball up the field with their speed and power. No opposing player could get past the second grade defense of Elizabeth Meringolo, Elizabeth Carmody, Victoria Meier, Kate Wrynn and Victoria Inga. They power kicked the ball out every time.

On Sunday, the girls shut out Hope 2, 6-0. Ryan Carlton scored the first goal. Rian Courtney was quick to ball and scored two goals. Hannah Harkins and Daniella DiCarlo followed with goals of their own.

Chrissy Diehm, Olivia Murray, Megan Reinhardt, Jillan Machado and Ginger Kuhlmann were assisting the forwards and passing the ball up the field. Our defense with Victoria Inga, Carolyn Diehm and Alex Dadario were tough and didn't let them by. Paige Humphrey was super in goal both games and she has not let a ball get in the goal all season.

OUT OF THE SNOWS: A surrounded Hannah Kirk pokes the ball through the goalie's legs in the Seventh Grade Girls' 6-0 win. OUT OF THE SNOWS: A surrounded Hannah Kirk pokes the ball through the goalie's legs in the Seventh Grade Girls' 6-0 win. The Seventh Grade Girls capped a perfect October with their fourth straight whitewash, 6-0 over Our Lady of Snows. Therese Boyle and Meaghan Shevlin staked St. Francis to a 2-0 half time lead. Shannon DeSilvia and Hannah Kirk doubled down with two each in the second half. DeSilvia scored off crossing passes from Boyle. Samantha Prevot, who played a strong game, had a goal waved off. The seventh graders outscored the opposition 15-0 in October.

The Third Grade Girls battled Hope 1 and the winds at Fort Tilden on Saturday and defeated both in a 5- 0 victory. The game started with a bang with Breanne McDonnell kicking the ball in behind the Hope defense. Kelly Ward crossed the ball to Katie Marquardt who popped the ball in the back of the net.

Marquadt shortly scored again, after Megan Duffy was able to feed her from the left. After halftime, it was Taylor Slakman, who netted her first goal of the season with a nice left footed shot.

Marquardt notched a hat trick off a nice feed from Katie Barrett, who did an excellent job at wing. Ashley Kelly had an outstanding game at wing. Lindsey DeBoer and Kerrianne Blum were awesome in goal, preserving the shutout.

On Sunday, the girls played Blessed Trinity again in the winds of Fort Tilden. It was Blessed Trinity who got on the board first when they were able to sneak one past the expert goaltending of Sinead Gallagher. But the St. Francis girls came back on the attack.

The midfield play of Rebecca Boland and Makayla Beehler was fierce as they continuously kept the ball in Blessed Trinity territory. St. Francis put one on the board when Katie Barrett made a nice shot which was tipped in by a Blessed Trinity player. Maddie McDade made the play of the game, virtually coming out of nowhere to clear a Blessed Trinity shot that was heading toward a wide open net. The St. Francis girls attacked again and again but could not come up with a second goal. They settled for a tie behind the strong goaltending of Ashley Kelly.

The First Grade Girls (#2) played Luke and lost 4-1 on Saturday. The girls gave it their all. Nina Melchiorri scored the goal of the game. Catherine Lunny and Grace Lanzetta played strong as they tried to get past Luke's defenders but were outnumbered. Nikki Cimino and Sohia Edri worked hard in defense. Molly Abernethy played well at the goalie position, but the team couldn't hold Luke off.

On Sunday, they had a victory win against Our Lady of Hope 3-0. Lanzetta took off with speed down the field early in the first half and placed a solid shot into the goal. Lunny's determination and footwork scored two more goals. Katie Hogg, Kristen Green and Riley Coyne played strong offensive. Sophia Edri's aggressiveness in defense along with Annie Burns made it hard for Hope to provide offensive. Nina Melchiorri and Molly Abernethy both played goalie positions and showed no fear.

The First Grade Boys (North) defeated St. Mel's 4-0 on Saturday in their third shutout of the season. In the first half, the offense was led by Jack Collins, who scored the first goal and Ian Byrne, who followed with the second. Matty McDonagh was like a brick wall at goalie.

The defense was incredible, led by Joseph Tammaro, who played exceptionally well and kept the ball on the opposing side most of the game. He had help from Dillon Ostrander, Joseph Featherston, and Edward Conti.

In the second half, Kyle Cornish and Michael McManus added to the lead with two more goals. The forwards Jason Campbell, Harry Charles, and Jacob Wertz kept the pressure on and never gave up. It was a well-deserved victory.

The Eighth Grade Girls played Blessed Trinity and came on top with a 1-0 win. The defense was lead by Catherine Murphy and assisted by Regina Paskoff with her strong clearing kicks. Briana Hart, Megan La- Cognatta, Jessie Boland and Marissa Scotto showed the real meaning of hustle and teamwork throughout the game. Lisa Pulkoski, Jenna Hoffman, Lauren Perrone, and Erin Blum kept the pressure on Trinity's goalie. She did a fine job holding the eighth grade girls to only one goal. It was a wellplayed game with a lot cheering from both sides of the field.

The wind was strong but not as strong as the Fourth Grade Boys, 5- 0 winners over St. Gregory. Mario Cimino led the team with his first hat trick. Kyle Hoffman was right behind him with two goals.

The goals were helped by the forwards quick passing, and teamwork of Connor Buckley, James Carlton, Luca Bartoli and Christain Lanzetta. The midfielders Jonathan Machado, Ryan Dougherty, and Matthew Colleta worked hard, controlling mid-play. John Said caused a lot steals throughout the game. Roland Wertz had the iron foot on to lead the defense.

Jack Watt helped out with his smart thinking, Danny Lynch with his aggressive play, Christain Lanzetta with his speed and the leadership of the goalie Benjamin Edwards held Gregory to no goals.

In earlier action, the Fifth Grade Boys were outstanding by winning a pair of shutouts. SFDS topped St. Andrews 2-0 on goals from Kyle Connolly and Joe Gallo, who got an assist from Dillion Beehler.

DeSales got great defense from Mike Sweeney, Sean Meier, Ethan Ruiz and Pat Rocks.

Against Our Lady of Grace, the boys prevailed 6-0. John Boyle had two points from midfield. Kyle Connolly scored with a quick shot to the right corner. Alex Goldberg had two goals. SFDS got great passing from Matt LaSorda and Jason Stabiner.

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