2009-10-02 / Sports

In Week 3, Fourth - and Fifth-Graders Soar For St. Francis CYO Soccer

Nicole Maranga blocks a clearing attempt by Sacred Heart's 8th- grade team. Casey McDade trails at right. Nicole Maranga blocks a clearing attempt by Sacred Heart's 8th- grade team. Casey McDade trails at right. Four of St. Francis' fourth- and fifthgrade teams posted three four-goal wins and one blowout to highlight another good weekend of soccer.

The Fourth-Grade Girls ventured to the bridge and returned victorious in a 4-0 defeat of OLBS. Caroline Kelly put SFDS on the board with a beautiful kick from the corner which angled right past the goalie. St. Francis kept the pressure on with aggressive play from Samantha Capizzi, Megan Duffy and Lindsey DeBoer, but the team was unable to put up any more goals.

SFDS dominated the second half. Katie Marquardt chalked up another goal off a nice setup from Makayla Beehler. Katie Barrett followed suit shortly after Kelly Ward centered the ball perfectly from the wing. Rebecca Boland put up the final goal with a monster kick from the 18-foot line which sailed over the OLBS goalie's head. Strong passing was exhibited by Maddie McDade and Carly Mc- Cann. The defense was anchored by Julia Caputo and Kerrianne Blum.

Daisy Trusttum bursts past Sacred Heart's defense en route to game-winning goal. Daisy Trusttum bursts past Sacred Heart's defense en route to game-winning goal. The shorthanded Fourth-Grade Boys "Knuckleheads" played a spirited and gritty game and shut out St. Anastasia 4-0. The ferocious defense of Chris DeMarco, David Hanrahan and John Resker set the tone as they kept the opposing team at bay. They limited the number of shots for goalie Griffin Skammel, who was outstanding when balls did manage to squeak through the defense. The offense was unrelenting with their attack, which included Jon Allcock's gritty ball work, and led to scoring by Joe Alessandro, Conner Baldwin and Josh Zweifler (2 goals).

The Fifth-Grade Boys played St. Margaret's and came on top with a 5-1 victory. Fullbacks Andrew O'Sullivan, Jack Watt, Roland Wertz, James Mc- Manus and Joey Morelli worked hard clearing the ball. Jonathan Machado (two goals), Mario Cimino (two assists), Matthew Coletta (goal and two assists) and Christian Lanzetta (one assist) showed the true definition of what a midfielder's responsibilities are to a team. Ryan Dougherty (one goal), Kyle Hoffman (a goal and an assist) James Carlton (one assist) and James Munson kept the pressure on Margaret's goalie throughout the game.

The team wall was Dominic Savino and Benjamin Edwards. Both had their magic gloves.

With the season halfway complete, the Fifth-Grade Girls are now 5-0 with another victory over St. Anastasia by a score of 7-1. Goals in this game were tallied by Lauren Marten, Molly Breslin (2), Gwyn McGee (2), Emma Meade, and Kelly Santiago. The goals were assisted by Breslin, Nicole Gibson, Colleen Gallagher, Lauren Marten, and McGee, Emma Edri, and one unassisted goal.

Outstanding passing and ball control by Kaitlin Neiswenter, Leila Sturgis, Courtney McCool, and Devin Gavigan kept St A's at bay. The defense of Paulina Ruta, Mollie Kuhlmann, Taylor Tsatsis, Ava Evangelista and Jessica Rivera made the day very long for goalie Bridget Breslin, who saw no action.

She was replaced by Rose Fay, who did a great job in net and allowed only one shot to slip past her. The heads up passing by the team had St A's in turmoil from the start. At one point the girls made a total of 10 consecutive passes before St. A's was able to come close to touching the ball. The team is gearing up for next week's rematch of the past two seasons' championship games against St. Luke's.

The Third-Grade Girls pulled off a victory on the road by defeating St. Mel's, 4-0. At halftime, St. Francis led 2-0 with scoring coming from Ryan Carlton and Jillian Howard. The second half mirrored the first with goals again coming from Carlton and Howard. Hannah Harkins had impressive assists throughout the game.

The girls surged forward throughout the game on the feisty defenders from St. Mel's. Chrissy Diehm, Alex Dadario and Rian Courtney played tough and pushed the ball up the field. The team is truly improving on offense with the help of Kelsey Flynn, Taylor Scaccia, Daniella Dicarlo and Reilly Mangano.

The defense is led by Kate Wrynn, Elizabeth Carmody, Victoria Meier, Carolyn Diehm and Ginger Kuhlmann.

Elizabeth Meringolo was spectacular as goal keeper not letting St. Mel's score on the team.

The Sixth-Grade Girls team is averaging five goals a game and allowing only three goals halfway through the ten-game season. The team has no loses after defeating Blessed Trinity (7-1) and St Andrews (4-0) this weekend. Ryan Ward and Emily Carlton led the weekend with three goals each, while sweeper Morgan Konig scored her first of the season.

Strong team work was exhibited by Shannon Rochelle, Teresa Gallagher, Jackie Gallagher, Bryn Nagel, Mary Wynn and Julianna DeSilvia, who each was credited with the assists. Goalie Veronica Welch had three saves against St Andrews, which she quickly turned into attacks for the team with her 50-yard punts.

The Eighth-Grade Girls increased their record to 4-0 with a home-andaway sweep of Sacred Heart.

On Saturday, St. Francis rallied for a 2-0 victory at home. The game was scoreless at halftime thanks to Devan Sconzo on defense and Casey McDade, who had an outstanding all around game from midfield. Goalie Raina Dziuk made a clean save on a penalty shot.

After Daisy Trusttum gave SFDS a 1-0 lead, Ginna Davan sacrificed her body to stop a breakaway. Nicole Maranga chipped in a left-footed shot to clinch the game. Ciara Flynn and Michelle Wrynn had good games in the midfield. On Sunday, the goalies played a bigger role. Dziuk made two great saves in the first half; Gabby Donofrio made a diving stop in the second half. In between, Therese Boyle had two goals and an assist. Hannah Cummins scored and Amy McManus had an assist in the 3-2 win.

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