2009-05-15 / Sports

Rain Is Good For The Green: Notre Dame Leading In PC Soccer

Two messy weeks of rain and muddy pitches have brought some clarity to the Peninsula Cup Soccer season. Notre Dame leads in three of the eight divisions with St. John's and Boston College tops in two divisions each.

The Irish have surged to the top of the pack in Division 4 (Girls 6-8 Grade). The green team passed SJU with a 3-2 victory in week 6. The Red Storm returned the favor last week with a 2-0 win but Notre Dame still holds a one-point lead in the standings. Villanova is lurking in third another point back. Marquette made a late move with a 3-2 win.

On the boys' side, St. Johns has firm control of the division with a 5-1 record. Notre Dame handed the Johnnies their only blemish with a 1-0 win in week 6.

Last week, the green team enjoyed a

rainout" against Villanova. Both teams showed up despite an official cancellation, played the game and enjoyed a beautiful sunset after the game. Notre Dame prevailed 3-1.

In other D4 Boys' action, Marquette tied Villanova 0-0 and lost to SJU 5-3.

The luck was not with the Irish in one of the Peninsula Cup's tightest divisions: Division 3 Girls (4-5 Grade). In a battle of the undefeated, Boston College (5-0-1) nipped Notre Dame 2-1 to take over first place.

Marquette, which also only has one loss, kept the race tight with a 4-3 victory in week 7. In this division, first place may be decided by the final game of the year.

Meanwhile, Seton Hall celebrated their first win of the season in a 3-2 victory over St. John's University. It was a hard fought battle with a lot of action. Seton Hall's goals were scored by Devin Gavigan, Colleen Gallagher and Katherine Gibson.

Allie McGuire played great in the goal for the first half and Rebecca Schreiner finished strong in the net for the second half. The game was a great team effort.

In the boys' bracket, BC is also battling for the top spot but is two points behind St. John's.

The Red Storm maintained their lead with a 2-1 win over Notre Dame. In that game, Andrew O'Sullivan gave a lead pass to Kyle Hoffman who crossed the ball to Matt LaSorsa at the top of the 18 and brought the ball in to find the net for the first goal of the game.

Notre Dame's Damon Anderson got through SJU's defense for a breakaway to give the Irish their goal. The ball was back and forth with great saves by both goalies. James Corrigan played an awesome job in goal for SJU in the second half. Joe Morelli was on fire first as goalie in the first half and halfback in the second keeping the ball driving to Dame's goal.

James Carlton closed the game with his left foot hitting the left top corner for SJU to close the victory of 2-1.

In Division 1 (First Grade) action, Villanova continues to command the top spot with a perfect record. Notre Dame and Marquette are in a tight battle for second place. Marquette grabbed the advantage Monday night with a 1-0 win over the Irish. Sydney Colloran scored the goal.

Villanova also topped Notre Dame 4- 1 and beat St. John's 5-0. Shannon N., Maggie Murphy and Sydney Urban (hat trick) found the net.

The boys' division is a neck-and-neck battle between Notre Dame and St. John's with the Irish on top. Notre Dame solidified its position with a Sunday victory in a makeup game.

In a very hot game, with no subs for either team, Notre Dame beat St. John's 7-1, with goals by James Resker, Kyle Duffy, Sean Hennessey and Tom Resker. Both teams showed great heart under tough conditions.

The next day, Notre Dame played a tough game against Marquette. The goals by Sean Hennessy and Tom Resker were enough to take Marquette 2-1. Some of the tightest action of the Peninsula Cup is in Division 2 (2-3 Grade). Notre Dame leads the boys' division by a point over Boston College with Seton Hall within striking distance.

The Irish held onto the top spot with a 4-0 win over St. John's. The goals were scored by Jag Guidarelli, Shane Gresser and Jack McNamee (2). Meanwhile, BC posted a 3-1 win and Villanova blanked Marquette 1-0.

On the girls' side, Boston College and Seton Hall are locked in a first place tie with Villanova, Marquette and Notre Dame all within striking distance. BC beat Marquette 4-1 to keep its share of the top spot.

Marquette rebounded to win a pivotal game against Villanova, 2-1. Villanova, as always, battled until the end with Katie Marquardt notching their goal. Villanova also battled Notre Dame to a 1-1, rain-shortened tie. St. John's lost a pair of heartbreakers, 2-1 to Marquette and 1-0 to Seton Hall.

HEADERS: Mark your calendars!!! The week of May 25 will be wall-towall playoff games with Finals Friday on May 29. Rain date for the finals is May 30. Come see who wins the Cups!

On Sunday, May 31 at noon, we will hold the annual soccer barbeque. This event includes the Seniors game (Eighth grade boys vs. girls) and the coaches game. For updates, go to http://home.earthlink.net/~pcs2009.

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