2009-09-18 / Sports

CYO Season Off To A Fast Start For St. Francis Soccer

The Eighth Grade Girls teams from St. Francis de Sales and St. Luke's respectively shake hands before their final season opener. St. Francis prevailed in the match. The Eighth Grade Girls teams from St. Francis de Sales and St. Luke's respectively shake hands before their final season opener. St. Francis prevailed in the match. St. Francis de Sales greeted the new CYO soccer season with a strong opening weekend that featured powerful offensive performances by the fifth and eighth grade girls teams.

The two-time defending champion Fifth Grade Girls opened their season with two victories on the road, keeping their undefeated streak alive. The first game was against Our Lady of Hope with a score of 5-1. Scoring in that game was by Molly Breslin, Nicole Gibson, Emma Meade and Maria Di Carlo (2).

The start of the game was a hard fought battle going back and forth with a 1-1 tie until a hand ball in the 17th minute. Gibson took the penalty shot and placed the ball up and over the goalie's head giving SFDS the 2-1 lead.

A solid game by the Fighting 5 (Gibson, Courtney McCool, Lauren Marten, Devin Gavigan and Kaitlin Neiswenter) stopped Hope in their tracks from making any other attempt at scoring in this game.

Outstanding passing and dribbling by Emma Meade, Colleen Gallagher and Kelly Santiago helped keep Hope from making any push in scoring further. It was another tremendous game in goal by Bridget Breslin and Alex Weigert. The team would like to welcome four new additions: Leila Sturgis, Kate Calciano, Emma Edri and Anissa Cherubini.

Game 2 for the champs was against a newly formed team of St. Anastasia. SFDS beat them with a 7-1 victory. Scoring in this game was by Gibson, Breslin, Meade (2), Carli Bopp, Di Carlo, and Gwyn McGee. The small field hindered the girls at first but they were able to compensate by using the sidelines and running the ball into the corner and crossing to the middle.

It was a tremendous game overall for SFDS, who stopped any chance of Anastasia causing any damage.

The Eighth Grade Girls team also got its final campaign off to a strong start, topping St. Luke's 6-0 last Sunday on a sloppy pitch at Throgs Neck. St. Luke's took the play to St. Francis early in the contest but back line held firm. Defenders Alexis Feldman, Devan Sconzo and Stephanie Zwirn aggressively challenged Luke's forwards, allowing only a few shots on goal.

Midway through the first stanza, SFDS gained control of the flow. Thérése Boyle broke past the last Luke defender with a nifty left-footed change in direction and deposited the ball inside the right post to put St. Francis up 1-0.

Nicole Maranga made it 2-0 five minutes later. In the second half, SFDS kept its momentum with Boyle netting her second and Maranga finishing off her hat trick with a pair of blasts. Nicolette Peters rounded out the scoring with her first career goal. Annie Ryan rattled one off the post.

On the opposite end of their soccer career, the First Grade Boys #1 team played its first game on Saturday against Blessed Trinity with a 2-1 victory. In the first half, Michael Tuffey and Danny Cornish scored the first goals of the season while Sean Peter Mullen was an amazing goalie not allowing anything to pass him by. Nico Allen and Albert Meyers controlled the midfield while Matthew Edwards and Johnny Taylor did a great job on defense.

In the second half the team continued to play hard with Jack Evangelista and Mark Mehta on defense as Joshua Bellin and Ryan Murphy controlled the midfield. Great way to start the season boys!

The First Grade Boys #2 team also put in a fine effort in its first game but lost 2-1 against a tough Our Lady of Grace squad. Colin Byrne, Timmy Mills, Gerard McManus, Owen Mullen and Aidan Harkins fought to keep the ball in Grace's goal.

Harkins pushed through the defense to score the only goal for SFDS. Daniel Grillo, Mike Duffy, Jack McCann and Shane Howard helped the forwards push the ball away from the goal. Gregory Tracy, James DeSilva and William Quigley learned quickly to power the ball out of the defenders box. Grace got lucky and got two goals in, but Owen Mullen and Kieren Howard blocked most of the kicks towards the goal. It was a valiant effort displayed by the boys.

The Second Grade Girls #2 team had an intense game against Our Lady of Hope and tied 1-1. Strong offensive players Grace Lanzetta, and Sofia Edri and Emma Baldwin were a constant threat to Hope's goalie. Riley Coyne, Annie Burns, Molly Ferazani, Maggie McHenry and Kaysea Jenkusky played great midfield positions keeping the ball in constant play.

Carianne Sconzo scored the goal and tied the game with the assist of Catherine Lunny's amazing pass. Analiese O'Leary, Nikki Cimino, Kate McNamara, Caitlin Mullen all played strong defense along with Molly Abernethy doing a fine job playing goalie position. Way to go girls!

The Second Grade Girls #1 team started the CYO soccer season by playing a great team game against Blessed Trinity on Saturday. Led by goals from Jillian McCabe and Sydney Urban, the de Sales girls took the opener 5-0.

The strong defensive play of Beth Dunn, Julianna Moule, Katie Savastano and newcomers Lauren Koenig and Kathleen Walker kept the ball in the offensive zone. Maggie Murphy, Shannon Neiswenter and Katie Roventini put the pressure on all game. The flawless goaltending of Maggie Bernath and Hannah Skammel helped the de Sales girls get their soccer season off to a fast start.

The Third Grade Girls beat Hope 4-1. Hope was really tough and played a good game, but to their chagrin, it was the SFDS girls who came out the victors. Ryan Carlton got the game going by scoring two goals and was assisted by Rian Courtney, Alex Dadario and Hannah Harkins.

Jillan Machado scored the other two goals with powerful kicks from beyond the goalie box; she was assisted by Kelsey Flynn, Chrissy Diehm and Daniella DiCarlo. SFDS aggressive defenders Elizabeth Carmody, Carolyn Diem, Elizabeth Meringolo and Ginger Kuhlmann kept the Hope team out of their goalie area in the second half of play.

Vital roles were played by Megan Reinhardt, Carolyn Diehm, Victoria Meier, Catherine Wrynn and Francesca Agoglia. Paige Humphrey had a great game as the net minder allowing only one goal in the game.

The Seventh Grade Boys had a busy weekend with two games against Hope for the first week of the fall 2009 season.

In the first game SFDS struck first with a scorching shot from Ryan Hoffman outside the 18 that was assisted by Jimmy Howard. Hope answered back with a goal. The defense, led by Mike T, Kevin and Joe Joe, was able to shut down Hope for the rest of the game.

The second game was even more exciting than the first. With St. Francis down by one and 34 seconds left on the clock, Luke Gersch found the back of the net for a dramatic goal to tie it up. Matt P, Benjamin and Brendan G stepped up and took charge in defense.

Hoffman played one of his best games yet at center half and controlled the tempo of the game by making huge plays and feeding the ball to his forwards with help from Garrett and Anthony.

Augie Ameruso was amazing in goal serving as his team's wall by being aggressive and playing his heart out for two complete games.

The Second Grade Boys started off the 2009 season in winning style with two exciting victories. The first came in the season opener against St. Margaret's with a 2-0 win and the secondwas against de Sales 1, 2-1. In the first game, Joseph Tammaro scored the first goal of the season on a blast from the top of the 18-yard box. Ian Byrnes followed with a goal showing off his great ball skills and slipping by the defense. Brendan Watters, Joseph Featherston and Kyle Cornish kept the pressure on by dominating offense and creating multiple scoring opportunities.

In the second game, the winning formula was a solid defense led by Luca D'Ambrosio, Matthew McDonagh and Harry Charles. A penalty kick was rewarded and Joseph Tammaro stepped up and cashed in for his second goal of the season. De Sales 1 tied it up with a great offensive play by Tom Resker.

Ian Byrnes came out of nowhere and gave the boys the lead with an accurate shot that found the back of the net. The team's goalies, Michael McManus and James Tuohey, showed off their quick hands and put together fine performances to nail the team's victories.

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