Red Storm Rises At End of PC Soccer Regular Season
St. John's finished the Peninsula Cup regular season with three top seeded teams; the most of any college represented in this year's soccer tournament run by Blessed Trinity and St. Francis de Sales parishes. Notre Dame meanwhile grabbed two top spots and finished with the most points overall (71).
Boston College delivered the most consistent performance with one firstplace finish and three second-place finishes in the four divisions they competed in.
Seton Hall (Division 2 Girls) and Villanova (Division 1 Girls) claimed on top seed each. The playoffs will be held Memorial Day week. Most titles will be decided on "Finals Friday" on May 29.
In Division 2 (Second-Third Grade), Seton Hall's girls grabbed control of a neck-and-neck race with Boston College via a tough 4-1 win over the Eagles in week 7.
Then the Pirates sealed the deal with a 1-0 triumph over Notre Dame in the season finale.
BC had grabbed the early lead when Maeve Regan's shot went past Seton Hall goalie Elizabeth Meringolo.
Seton Hall (5-1-2) had a great rally with two goals chipped in by Grace Kane, and a goal each by Carly McCann and Maddie McDade. The defense of Ashley Kelly and Jackie Wilkins held the Boston girls away from the net for the rest of the game.
Some very fancy footwork brought Seton Hall the clinching 1-0 victory. Maddie McDade made the only goal in the game and Seton Hall goalie Keelin Hammil kept the Notre Dame offense from scoring.
Boston College (4-2-2) rebounded to lock up second place with a 3-2 win over Villanova. St. John's defeated Marquette, 4-0.
On the boys' side, Notre Dame (6-1- 0) closed out it season and claimed the top seed with a 3-0 win over Seton Hall. St. John's grabbed its first win of the regular season, 1-0 over Marquette.
In Division 3 (Fourth-Fifth Grade), St. John's (6-0-2) finished an undefeated season in the boys' bracket with an exciting 3-2 victory against Marquette.
SJU started out strong in the first half with a 2-0 lead. Danny Lynch gave a lead pass James Carlton who brought the ball up the wing. He continued to dribble into the 18-yard box and with his left foot, was able to strike the ball into the top left corner of then net. The second goal of the game was similar to an exciting play that Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo makes in a game.
Kyle Hoffman took a corner kick and lifted the ball across the goal box. The ball connected with Eric Potter, who ran to connect with a picture perfect header into the upper left corner of the net. The goal had everyone in attendance clapping.
Marquette came back strong in the second half with two goals. Peter Dunbar and Joe Morelli worked the midfield keeping the pressure on Marquette. Andrew Sullivan and James Corrigan were key players in a solid team defensive effort.
The game was all tied with two minutes left in the game. Kyle Hoffman found the right side of the field open and proceeded to dribble the ball down the wing. With seconds left, Hoffman blasted the ball outside the 18 to watch the ball rise over the reach of the goalie to give SJU the 3-2 win. It was a great game all around.
Meanwhile, Notre Dame (3-4-1) tied Marquette for fourth place with a 4-0 victory over Seton Hall.
On the girls' side, Boston College and Notre Dame each posted outstanding season and identical 6-1-1 records. BC earned first place on the strength of an earlier 2-1 victory over the Irish.
In the final regular season games, Notre Dame tipped Marquette, 4-3 and St. John's edged Villanova, 3-2.
There was also a tie in the girls' bracket of Division 4 (Sixth to Eighth Grade). Notre Dame and St. John's finished with nine points each. SJU played one less game however, and gets the tiebreaker based on a higher points earned per game.
The Red Storm also took top honors in the boys' bracket. St. John's finished with a dominant 7-1-0 slate.
Back in the First Grade (Division 1) Notre Dame's boys lost a heartbreaker, 3-2, to St. John's. The Irish (5-1-1) still claimed the top spot by a point of the Red Storm. On the girls' side, Villanova earned the only perfect record (7-0-0) in Peninsula Cup play this year.
HEADERS: Don't miss "Finals Friday" on May 29. The playoffs begin on May 26. The semifinals are on May 27 and May 28. 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 Peninsula Cup updates, go to http://home.earthlink.net/~pcs2009.