2009-10-09 / Sports

St. Francis CYO Soccer Is Rocking And Rolling At Mid-Season

Christian Lanzetta (#25) heads the ball toward 5th Grade teammates Matthew Coletta and Jack Watt. Christian Lanzetta (#25) heads the ball toward 5th Grade teammates Matthew Coletta and Jack Watt. St. Francis hit the midpoint of the CYO soccer season with many teams undefeated, or with just one loss.

The first place SFDS Eighth Grade Girls soccer team improved their record to 5-0 with a convincing 5-0 win over St. Virgilius. The shutout win was the fourth of the season, thanks to a sterling defense that allowed only five shots on goal.

The team's new goalkeeper, Anna Charles, played the second half and made three saves, thereby earning herself another shot at the position. On the offensive side, Therese Boyle scored three goals and Hannah Kirk and Casey McDade scored one apiece. McDade's goal was the highlight of the match as she used her body to deflect Boyle's beautiful crossing pass into the backside of the net. Anna Clare Delvecchio, Michelle Wrynn and Ginna Davan played well at forward and each had tremendous scoring opportunities.

The Seventh Grade Boys had a tough schedule with games against Blessed Trinity, Our Lady of Grace and St. Francis of Assisi. The boys ended the weekend with a 2-1-0 record with wins against Trinity and Assisi, and a tough loss against Grace. The whole team showed great effort and stamina throughout the long weekend. Goals were scored by Chris Ray (4), Max Frankel, Bard Featherston, Ryan Hoffman, Luke Gersch (2), Garret Murnan, Jimmy Howard and Anthony Scotto.

The boys came out strong with a 4-0 win over Martyrs. Chris Ray led the team with three goals for his second hat trick of the season. Kevin McDonagh finished it off with the final goal. John Frost, Jimmy Howard and Anthony Scotto had an awesome game on the forward line. Ryan Hoffman, Bard Featherston, Max Frankel and Tommy Lynch controlled the midfield with their quickness, ball control and sharp passes. Mike Urban, Ben Appleman, John Meringolo, Augie Ameruso and Brendan Gallagher did a fine job at defense. Joe Joe had the magic gloves on for the second half and showed who was boss of the net.

An aggressive second half offense, including five forced saves, preserved SFDS' early lead over Blessed Trinity for the victory as the First Grade Girls improved to 2-2.

Winger Heather O'Neill planted the game's only goal. Makayla Braskey's smart zoneplay was complemented by feisty footwork from Siobhan Toomey and Lauren Kelley as they won ball possession and created outlets from scrums.

The steady attack drew three penalty kicks; midfielder Sofia Moore pelted the last. Backliner Maevre Murnan's emphatic kicking and goalie Mairead Buckley's quick redirects stymied the cross-town rival's deepest rallies.

The First Grade Boys (#1) won their second game of the season on Saturday against St. Gregory's by the final score of 5-1. In the first half with SFDS' John McMorrow, Mark Mehta and Matthew Evangelista on defense, the opposing team could not score a single goal.

Ryan Murphy, Danny Cornish, Joshua Bellin, Jack Tansey and Michael Tuffey were valuable assets playing offense as Matt Schmitt scored the first goal of the game. With only 12 players, the boys were tired but continued to play hard throughout the second half, working together to assist Mike Coletta, Nico Allen and Sean Peter Mullen in their successful attempts to score more goals.

The Second Grade Girls (#2) triumphed 7-0 against St. Margaret's. Sofia Edri started off the scoring in the first half. Strong passing and teamwork helped the following girls score: Nikki Cimino, Grace Lanzetta, Nina Melchiorri, Caitlin Mullin and Catherine Lunny (2). Kaysea Jenusky and Mollie Abernethy played solid defense with midfielders Riley Coyne, Kate McNamara, Maggie McHenry, Molly Ferazani and Emma Baldwin contributing to make this a terrific team win.

The Second Grade Boys (#2) played one of their best games in a 1-0 loss to Blessed Trinity. The boys dominated the entire game and were kept in it with great goaltending by Mikey McManus and Dillon Ostrander. The offense, led by Kyle Cornish, Ian Byrne, Jack Collins, Michael Breslin, and Brendan Watters, had great shots on goal but were unable to find the back of the net.

The Sixth Grade Boys' record stands only at 1-2-1 but their level of play and skill improvement has increased steadily. With just five goals allowed in four games, including a 1-0 victory against Blessed Trinity, the defense has been stellar.

Led by John Boyle's ferocious kicks and Eoin Reen's endless ball clears, the backline is supported on the outside by tenacious halfbacks Ryan Olsen and Matt LaSorsa. As expected, goalkeepers Alex Goldberg and Dillon Beehler have beaten down shot after shot from their competitors. Offensively, striker Matt DeCrescenzo leads the team with two goals, followed by Kyle Connolly and Alex Goldberg. Midfielders Ethan Ruiz, Chris Mancusi and Sean Meier have all played important roles.

The Fourth Grade Girls met OLBS and again emerged victorious, 5-1. Katie Barrett set the bar with two goals, one right after the other, to get the scoring started. The team exhibited fine passing and showed excellent ball control. Breanne Mc- Donnell followed with a breakaway goal of her own. SFDS scored to make it 2-0 when an OLBS player knocked the ball into the team's own net. Katie Marquardt put the fifth and final on the board with a nice pass from Carly McCann. OLBS snuck one past Megan Duffy despite a valiant attempt to stop the crossing shot. Ashley Kelly and Sydney O'Brien put up a strong defensive front.

Sunday's opponent, Our Lady of the Snows, started strong keeping the pressure on a sluggish start by SFDS, but the hot sun and ample reserves of St. Francis proved too much with SFDS winning 7-0. Breanne McDonnell got the ball rolling to begin the scoring and Katie Marquardt was able to put another up to give them a 2-0 lead going into the half.

The second half was an entirely different matter as a number of players were able to sneak one past the Snows goalie. Makayla Beehler bent it like Beckham, scoring on a beautiful arcing corner kick. Sinead Gallagher converted a beautiful pass from Jessica Buckley to score her first of the season. Clair Huges, Caroline Kelly and Maddie McDade each had beautiful breakaway goals. Lindsey DeBoer was awesome in goal as was the strong defensive play of Taylor Slackman and Angelina Meringolo.

The Fourth Grade Boys suffered their first loss against their dreaded rivals, Hope, 4-1. Except for a couple of late goals, SFDS played them even. The midfielders were led the by the spirited play of Aiden O'Connor, Conner Smith, Nicholas Muldoon, Rob Rose and Liam Higgins who hounded Hope all game.

The offense, featuring David Gavinovich's speed and Joe Allessandro's artistic ball handling, created many opportunities. Griffin Skammel played a hard nosed game along with the defense of Chris DeMarco, John Resker, David Hanrahan and Colm Williams who played hard against tremendous pressure. Conner Baldwin set up a terrific pass to Jon Allcock, who scored the only goal.

The Fifth Grade Boys had two games last weekend. The first game was against St. Margaret's. It was an aggressive game, but Sales was victorious 5-0. Team striker Kyle Hoffman had two goals; his partner in the middle, James Carlton, had a goal. Luca Bartoli received the pass from Matt Colletta to score the third goal. Jonathon Machado had the final goal assisted by Joey Morelli.

The forwards would not have been as successful in scoring if it weren't for the quick passes from the midfielders Mario Cimino (team thinker), Christian Lanzetta, James Munson and Ben Edwards.

The boys' second game was against Snows and again they were able to shine with a 2-1 win. Cimino was outstanding throughout the game in the midfield. Edwards started the team off with the goal. Jack Watt, James Munson and Roland Wertz displayed good teamwork. James McManus and Andrew O'Sullivan worked hard at the midfield and Hoffman finished it off with the second goal.

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