2009-09-25 / Sports

SFDS Fifth, Sixth Grade Girls Sprint Out Of The Gate

St. Francis' First Grade Girls tidal wave (in dark uniforms) chase the ball against St. Luke's. St. Francis' First Grade Girls tidal wave (in dark uniforms) chase the ball against St. Luke's. In week two of the CYO soccer season, St. Francis had another strong showing with the Fifth Grade Girls and Sixth Grade Girls Gold teams reaching 4-0 and 3-0, respectively.

The Sixth Grade Girls Gold team started the season in stride with a 4-1 victory over Sacred Heart, an 8-0 victory over St. Virgilius and a 2-1 win over St. Luke's.

The season's opening goal was scored by Hayley Urban who followed with two more the second week of the season.

Emily Carlton, refusing to be outdone, scored two goals against Sacred Heart and followed with two more against St. Virgilius. Therese Gallagher also scored during the season opener, as well as sinking the winning goal with three minutes on the clock against Luke this past Sunday.

Also scoring was Shannon Rochelle, Ryan Ward, along with fullbacks Mary Wynn, Gabby Breen and Juliana De- Silvia. Gold's playing style this season has been characterized by tight ball control, a quick passing game and a strong group attack set up by midfielders Jackie Gallagher, Bryn Nagel and Cecilia Hansen.

The defense led by Allie McGuire, Morgan Koenig and Veronica Welch has limited the opposition to less than one goal a game with heroic effort from goalie Chelsea Filippi who had four great saves against Luke.

In a rematch of the Diocesan championship, the Fourth Grade Girls went down 3-2 in a fight to the finish. SFDS started strong with excellent pass work. Minutes into the game, Katie Marquardt fed the ball to Breanne McDonnell giving SFDS the lead 1-0. Strong play continued with McDonnell once again finding the back of the net but the play was called off-sides.

Hope continued to attack despite the awesome defensive play of Jessica Morelli and Claire Hughes. Hope scored twice quickly and then again on a penalty kick despite the feisty play of goalie Sinead Gallagher. SFDS battled hard in the second half with Angelina Meringolo standing tall in goal. Mc- Donnell's conversion on a penalty kick put the St. Francis girls within reach but time ran out.

The Second Grade Girls #2 had an action packed game against Blessed Trinity ending in a 2-2 tie. All the girls played a great game. Kaysea Jenkusky, Grace Lanzetta, and Emma Baldwin played strong in offensive positions. Mollie Abernethy and Nina Melchiorri did a great job as goalkeepers. Caitlin Mullin assisted Catherine Lunny with the first goal. In the second half, Lunny was able to break away and scored again.

Crisp playmaking and sure dribbling propelled St. Luke's to a win over the First Grade Girls, 4-0. SFDS' Kiera Price did well in midfield. Goalie Corinne Connelly braved her challengers by diving for shots and rebounds.

There were strong surges upfield by striker Megan Murray and pursuit by forwards Caroline Gifford, Kaylie Walsh and Julia Neckahuptysiowska.

A shorthanded squad from St. Andrews had a long day at Fort Tilden against the Eighth Grade Girls. The visitors could not break through St. Francis' formidable midfield line. St. Andrew's plucky goalie worked hard in the shooting gallery but surrendered six first half goals. Therese Boyle sandwiched a breakaway goal between two blasts Daisy Trusttum to make it 3-0.

Annie Ryan notched her first goal (and second post) of the year. Nicole Maranga scored her team-leading fourth goal and Ciara Flynn rejected a clearing pass clear into the goal for her first. Nicolette Peters and Hannah Cummins played strong at forward. Annie Reinhardt converted a rebound early in the second half to fashion the final score, 7-0.

The Fifth Grade Girls had another victorious weekend winning both games against St. Gregory's. The first game played was won by a score of 6-1 and the second game by a score of 6-0. Tremendous passing and movement of the ball helped the following girls score; Maria Di Carlo, Lauren Marten (2), Mollie Kuhlmann, Gwyn McGee, and Devin Gavigan.

The assists for those goals were by Marten, Molly Breslin (2), Alex Weigert, Victoria Stagnitta, and Nicole Gibson. Colleen Gallagher and Kaitlin Neiswenter played a solid game in midfield. It was a quiet day for goalie Bridget Breslin with only one shot taken on her.

The second game against St. Gregory's started with a fast break from the midfield by Gwyn McGee who dribbled to the top of the 18 and slid a pass to Emma Meade who blasted the back of the net. The other 5 goals were made by McGee, Carli Bopp, Marten (2), and Kelly Santiago.

In the 6-0 game, goals were scored by McGee, Santiago, Gibson, Di Carlo (2), and Megan Twomey. A tremendous effort also by midfielders Emma Edri and Anissa Cherubini for keeping St Greg's at bay. NOTE: Leila Sturgis was placed on the 6-Day Disabled List due to an injury to her non-kicking toe. The team hopes for a fast recovery.

In another stellar performance, the

Second Grade Girls team #1 defeated a very game Our Lady of Hope team, 4-0. The crisp passing, strong defense and overall team play impressed all who watched. Molly Murtagh, Katie Hughes, Beth Dunn and Julianna Moule were strong defensively by rarely allowing the ball to get to the St Francis Girls side of the field.

Beautiful passing plays led to goals by Noelle Carey, Jillian McCabe and Sydney Urban as the girls spread the ball around all game with Maggie Murphy, Shannon Neiswenter and Kathleen Walker helping to dominate the ball possession throughout. Additional midfield support from Katie Savastano and Katie Roventini along with the flawless goaltending of Hannah Skammel and Maggie Bernath is proving to be quite a winning combination so far this season.

The Third Grade Girls won against St. Anastasia 4-0. Jillian Machado shot two powerful goals to start us off. Hannah Harkins didn't give up and scored the third goal. Ryan Carlton closed out the scoring with the fourth goal.

The girls could not have scored without the assists of Jillian Howard, Kelsey Flynn and Rian Courtney pushing the ball up the field. St. Anastasia tried to surge past the defenders consisting of Megan Reinhardt, Elizabeth Meringolo, Carlolyn Diehm and Elizabeth Carmody, but to no avail. It was a great team effort.

The Fifth Grade Boys started off their season strong with 11 goals in two games. The first game was against St. Gregory's with a score of 6-1. Kyle Hoffman had a hot foot in game one scoring the first five goals followed by a finishing touch by Jonathan Machado with a strong blast that hit the right hand corner of the net. Mario Cimino and Matthew Coletta were on top of their game leading the halfbacks with assists.

Jack Watt, Joey Morelli, Danny Lynch, and Benjamin Edwards did a fine job at defense with their aggressive plays in the back. Dominic Savino was the team wall at goal.

Game 2 was against their friends at Blessed Trinity. Hoffman exploded again with a cross from left wing by James Carlton to score in the first three minutes of play. Carlton also was able to find the back of the net for the second goal. Sales won 5-0.

The Second Grade Boys #2 had a beautiful day for their game against Blessed Trinity. The game was very competitive and both sides show a great deal of talent and stamina. As a result, the game was tied 1-1. For SFDS2, Ian Byrne had a perfectly placed pass in front of the goal which Joseph Tammaro benefited to score the goal. Jack Collins did a tremendous job at center half by pushing the ball up the field and constantly keeping the pressure on Trinity's defense. Michael Breslin, Dante De Silvia, and Jacob Wertz played stellar defense and kept Blessed Trinity's offense in check. Goalies Mikey McManus and Dillon Ostrander had key saves that were the difference in the game.

The Seventh Grade Boys dominated OLBS on Saturday with a 7-1 victory. The offense was led by Chris Ray who contributed four goals, with assists from Anthony Scotto (2), one of which was a throw-in, Michael Newman and Michael Tammaro.

Michael Newman also provided some offense with a goal of his own that was assisted by Kevin McDonagh. Tommy Lynch, who is doing a phenomenal job at left wing, made a great pass to Ryan Hoffman for his second goal of the season. Brendan Gallagher and Matt Prazenski played a tough defense and held down the back line limiting OLBS to one goal on the day. The boys are starting to gel as a team and should be very proud of the way they have started off the season.

In earlier action, the Fourth Grade Boys got off to a fast start with two wins over St. Luke's. The goalkeeping of Rob Rose and TJ Powerly kept St. Luke's at bay with only three goals allowed. There was well rounded scoring led by Joshua Zweifler with three goals in Sunday's game and contributions from Joe Alessandro, John Allcock, Connor Baldwin, John Resker and Griffin Skammel. The entire team played well, especially at the defensive

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