2009-04-10 / Sports

April Brings Exciting, Close Games To Peninsula Cup 2009

March Madness may have ended Monday on the college hardwood, but April Insanity continued in the Collegiate Cup version of Peninsula Cup Soccer. With a few games under each team's belt, the quality and intensity of last week's game reached a new level. There were numerous ties and onegoal games.

In the First Grade Girls' division, Villanova and St. John's had a very close and exciting game, with the Wildcats prevailing 2-1. Villanova had won its first two games handily. St. John's also tied Marquette 1-1.

On the Division 1 Boys' side, Notre Dame and Marquette played to a scoreless tie. In earlier action, Notre Dame had two shutout victories. St. John's edged Villanova 1-0 in an exciting game where both teams never gave up.

Brendan Petronis scored the only goal of the game with help from his forwards Kyle Cornish, Michael McManus and Brendan Watters. The defenders Joseph Tammaro, Matty McDonagh and Joseph Featherston stayed strong and helped keep the other team scoreless. Also, special thanks to Coach Mike Tammaro for his hard work and for leading the team to their first victory.

The Second to Third Grade Girls' Division also saw exciting games. Notre Dame tied with St. John's by a score of 2-2. The two goals for Notre Dame were by Caroline Kelly (2) assisted by Meagan Duffy and Rebecca Boland. The cold and wind at Fort Tilden did not stop either team from playing its hardest. The Notre Dame midfielders Makayla Beehler, Roberta Culleton, Daniella Di Carlo and Amanda Edmonds were impenetrable the first half.

Kelsey Flynn, Gianna Grillo and Jillian Howard mixed it up in the forward positions but the St. John's goalie stopped every ball shot at her by these three. The goaltending of Brianna Bernath of team Notre Dame stopped a total of 10 shots, which helped keep the game at a tie. The team is nervous with their upcoming match against Villanova next week. In other Irish action, Boston College tied Notre Dame 3-3.

Meanwhile, the Seton Hall girls lost 2-0 to Villanova. Lindsey DeBoer scored the two goals for Villanova. A great defensive line of Angelina Meringolo, Ashley Kelly and Jackie Wilkins kept the Villanova girls from scoring any more goals. Grace Kane, Maddie McDade and Carly McCann tried hard, but couldn't sink a goal past Claire Hughes, Ginger Kuhlman, Taylor Scaccia and the Villanova defense.

In the Boys' Second to Third Grade Division, Seton Hall had a couple of low scoring games, prevailing 2-1 over St. John's and 2-0 over Villanova. Notre Dame broke the trend with a breakout game against St. John's. Six different players found the net.

In the Girls' Fourth to Fifth Grade division, Marquette tied Seton Hall with one goal each. Villanova lost to Notre Dame 2-0 but rebounded to beat St. John's 3-0. Notre Dame was also a 2-0 winner over Seton Hall.

Notre Dame also had the hot foot in

Boys' 4-5 action, topping Boston College 2-1.

St. John's had a great game against Villanova. Kyle Hoffman scored both goals but could have not done the scoring without the assistance of Mario Kennedy, Michael Belletiere and Peter Dunbar who took control of midfield and worked the ball up to their forwards.

Joe "Iron Foot" Morelli did an awesome job working the ball out of his defensive zone along with Andrew O'Sullivan. Eric Potter had the magic gloves on working the goal for the team. Both teams played hard to a 2-2 tie. It was St. John's second 2-2 contest. Earlier, Seton Hall rallied to tie St. John's on late goals from Mario Cimino and Christian Lanzetta.

The Red Storm had dominated play but was limited to two scores only by the amazing goaltending of Dominic Savino.

In earlier action, Villanova won a pair of 4-1 matches. Against Seton Hall, the first goal came from a solid pass from Kyle Connolly to Andrew Sullivan who slipped it by the Pirates goalie. John Boyle made two goals by rushing past the Hall's defense.

Awesome passing came from Connor Buckley and Billy McDonnell, midfielders Matt Coletta, Franoc Pallante, Thomas McEnroe and Jack Carter. Another strategic pass to Andrews by Kyle C. clinched it. The defense was led by Phineas Oyler and teammates Roland Wertz and Ryan Olsen. Dillon Beehler refused all of the Pirates' attempts on goal.

Against Notre Dame, John Boyle drove past the defense for Villanova's first goal. Matt Coletta passed to Andrew Sullivan who blasted it for the first of his three goals. Along with Kyle Connolly (2 assists), the strong line of Connor Buckley and Thomas McEnroe kept Notre Dame back. Great defense from Ryan Olsen, Phineas Oyler and Roland Wertz helped keep the hands of goalie Dillon Beehler still.

In the Girls' Sixth to Eighth Grade Division, St. John's advanced to 2-0-1 with a 2-2 tie against Notre Dame. Earlier, the Red Storm beat Villanova 3-0 on a cold and windy pitch. Jenny Fahy, playing forward, as opposed to her normal halfback position, blasted two goals from the left slot and Annie Reinhardt netted her second goal of the season to account for the St John's scoring.

For Villanova, Marisa Scotto just missed scoring, in the second half, when she broke out up the left side, beat the defense and, going left foot, put the ball just outside the far post. Jenna Hoffman kept constant pressure on the SJU defense which bent, but did not break, thanks to the play of Celeste Lynch, Casey Lind, Jillian Spataro and first-time defender Lauren Cherubini. Goalies Meaghan Shevlin and Courtney Lind combined for the shutout.

Villanova rebounded to top Marquette 6-2. On the Boys 6-8 side, St. John's topped Marquette 2-0 with a goal in each half.

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