2009-04-17 / Sports

Villanova, St. John's Are PC Soccer Leaders At The Break

Girl from the 4-5 St. John's thread the needle for a score against Notre Dame. Girl from the 4-5 St. John's thread the needle for a score against Notre Dame. Peninsula Cup Soccer reached the midseason break with teams from St. John's and Villanova leading three divisions each with the Fighting Irish also claiming the top spot in the two remaining brackets.

In Division 4 (Sixth to Eighth Grade), SJU has two Red Storms leading the pack. On the Boys' side, St. John's is a perfect 4-0.

The ladies squad has just a tie blemishing their undefeated record. St. John's held onto the top spot by squeezing past Marquette 1-0. The only goal of the match was scored by Casey Lind, in the latter part of the first half.

St. John's maintained offensive pressure for most of the half, but could not score another goal thanks to the outstanding goaltending of Marquette's Catherine Murphy, who made numerous saves. Marquette turned the tables in the second half, by generating a constant offensive presence in the St. John's zone. Casey Lind was tremendous in the net and preserved the win by making a fantastic kick save off of a blast by Brittany Sheriff.

Kelly Casey and Nicole Maranga (center) move the ball against St. John's. The Red Storm won 1-0. Kelly Casey and Nicole Maranga (center) move the ball against St. John's. The Red Storm won 1-0. Regina Paskoff was a strong presence at midfield, breaking up many rushes. However, Paskoff will have to work on her directional abilities as, at the beginning of the second half she forgot in which goal we were trying to score. A little fish oil should fix her right up. Celeste Lynch and Megan LaCognata played a solid defense. La- Cognata also demonstrated a superior voice in claiming a ball over Paskoff, but then used her left foot to try and clear it. Not a good idea! The ball went right out of bounds ... slowly.

Meanwhile, Villanova's girls knocked off Notre Dame 4-0. St. John's boys edged Notre Dame 2-1 to stay perfect.

The Notre Dame girls are the undefeated team in Division 3 (Fourth to Fifth Grade) at 4-0. Boston College stayed a point behind with a 3-0 win over Seton Hall. Marquette grabbed sole possession of third place with a 4- 1 win over Villanova. On the boys side, Villanova leads the pack with a 3-0-1 record but St. John's stayed right on their heels with an exciting 4-2 win over Boston College.

Both teams showed great soccer skills with cross passes, give and go's, along with strong dribbling. Matt La- Sorsa showed what real hustle is on the field. LaSorsa assisted two goals. Peter Dunbar and Joe Morelli did an unbelievable job defensively keeping the ball out of the 18. Mike Belletierre stepped up and played goal, which was a sight to see. Belletierre's hands were on fire not letting a ball get by.

Kennedy kept putting the pressure on Boston with his strong offensive plays by scoring and assisting on two goals. Eric Potter and Luca Bartoloi (scored the first goal) worked great together on the forward line. Late-comer Kyle Hoffman jumped on the field and was able to find the net with a great pass to break the tie.

Notre Dame (Boys) and Villanova (Girls) also hold the top spots in

Division 2 (Second to Third Grade) but in both cases, two points separate the first place team from the fifth place. BC knocked off the previously undefeated Notre Dame, 3-1, to move within a point of the Boys' top spot. The St. John's girls pulled a similar feat against top-rated Villanova. The Red Storm and the Wildcats battled to a 0- 0 tie to remain one point apart in the standings.

Previously, Villanova had a great game against Notre Dame. Katie Marquardt scored a hat trick. She played a tough game along with Kelly Ward, who also scored a goal. Rian Courtney played a tough game in assisting with two goals. Maggie Comer and Alice Murphy worked hard as the goalkeepers. Taylor Scaccia, Eileen Kelly, Francesca Agoglia and Sydney O'Brien played tough on defense.

In another well-played contest, Seton Hall edged Marquette 1-0. A throw-in by Elizabeth Meringolo was kicked into the goal by Carly McCann for the only score in a great game of defense.

Seton Hall's goalie Grace Kane was well protected by Victoria Inga, Keelin Hammill, and Victoria Meier. The offense was ruled by the McDade cousins — Paige and Maddie. Finally, the St. John's boys and Villanova girls are undefeated in Division 1 (First Grade). All games were washed out by last Monday's storms.

HEADERS: Important safety note - For the safety of the children, please do not park alongside the fields. It is illegal and dangerous. Tickets may be issued and the league could lose its permit for the field. Commissioner Bill Dunn is pleased to report participation has increased 28 percent in just two years. Thanks to all the volunteers who created and helped to grow the league ... To keep up with the action, go to http://home.earthlink.net/~pcs2009.

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