2009-10-16 / Sports

Kosmos' Rockaway Girls Get Top Spot In CSL

First row from left to right: Emily Carlton, Gabby Breen, Ryan Ward, Hayley Urban, Terese Gallagher, Jackie Gallagher. Second row: Veronica Welch, Chelsea Fillipi, Kelly Davan, Morgan Konieg, Lauren Guirdarelli, Jenny Fahy and Anna Levine. Missing: Bryn Nagel and Allie McGuire. First row from left to right: Emily Carlton, Gabby Breen, Ryan Ward, Hayley Urban, Terese Gallagher, Jackie Gallagher. Second row: Veronica Welch, Chelsea Fillipi, Kelly Davan, Morgan Konieg, Lauren Guirdarelli, Jenny Fahy and Anna Levine. Missing: Bryn Nagel and Allie McGuire. What do you get when you combine the Rockaway's top talent and add in some former opponents from Brooklyn? Based on their current record, it proved to be a winning combination.

Approximately two years ago, players from the two SFDS CYO teams and Blessed Trinity combined to join the Kosmos' Soccer Club and compete in the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League (CJSL) against the city's top female talent. After a slow start playing 8 versus 8, the girls ended last season by clinching the City Cup for the 12 to 13 age bracket, while still at the bottom of the age group.

This year, as the girls moved up into 11 versus 11 play, the team needed some new blood to fill its expanded 18- member roster. Former opponents from the Aviator Mariniers' Club, Sharon Greene and Sydney Small, joined adding new facets to the already talented team.

The team started the season against rival Queens club, Gottschee. The new recruits aggressively entered the fray as Greene scored two goals with assists from Hayley Urban and Terese Gallagher.

Goalie Ryan Ward and the defense, led by sweeper Morgan Konieg and fullback Lauren Giurdarelli, held the opposition to one goal resulting in their first win of the season. Their second game, against the Staten Island Alliance, resulted in another 2-1 victory with goals from Gallagher and Emily Carlton assisted by Urban and Gabby Breen. Strong play from stopper Allie McGuire and Bryn Nagel held down Staten Island's transition to offense, allowing the Kosmos defense to hold them to a single goal. With no game over the holiday weekend, the U-12 Kosmos' Girls lead the league with a 2- 0 record. They are preparing to face the Brooklyn Patriots next weekend hoping for their first ever win against the previous league leaders.

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