2009-10-16 / Sports

Magnificent Seven Ride High For SFDS CYO Soccer

through the backstretch, St. Francis de Sales still has seven undefeated teams and no fewer than 11 of its 20 teams in contention for first place.

SFDS takes the fifth against St. Luke's. SFDS takes the fifth against St. Luke's. Seven was the lucky number for the

Third Grade Girls (6-0) who posted two 7-0 victories.

Against St. Anastasia's, Daniella DiCarlo started SFDS, followed by a pair of goals by Kelsey Flynn, and then Jillan Howard, Hannah Harkins, Reilly Mangano and Chrissy Diehm got in on the action by scoring also. No one could stop the offensive line. Ryan Carlton and Rian Courtney made beautiful passes across the field.

All the girls played aggressively throughout the game and didn't let any balls get in their defensive end. The defense of Kate Wrynn, Carolyn Diehm, Megan Reinhardt and Elizabeth Meringolo fought to keep the ball on St. Anastasia's defensive end. Alex Dadario was as quick as lighting and stole the ball every chance she got.

On Sunday, the girls beat their crosstown rivals Blessed Trinity. Hannah Harkins started the game off by scoring in the first two minutes. Rian Courtney followed up with a blast and Ryan Carlton scored two more goals. Jillian Machado came in to score two, along with Rielly Mangano. Elizabeth Meringolo and Kate Wrynn blasted the ball up the field from the defensive line. Olivia Murray and Ginger Kulhmann pushed the ball up the field. Goalie Paige Humphrey didn't see a lot of action in goal, but she was ready to go against any contenders.

The Fourth Grade Girls won two important games, 2-0 over Blessed Trinity and 2-1 over Our Lady of Hope. The St. Francis girls were strong from the start against Trinity, moving the ball impressively up the field. Maddie McDade had a tremendous game, scoring the first goal on a beautiful breakaway, dribbling around two Blessed Trinity players to send the ball into the net.

In the second half, Brianna Bernath and Caroline Kelly kept the pressure on while Carly McCann and Jessica Buckley did an awesome job in midfield fighting.

Breanne McDonnell set up the second goal with a big kick from the 18- foot line that the goalie deflected and Maddie McDade pushed in for her second goal of the night. Sinead Gallagher made several excellent saves shutting down the Blessed Trinity offense. Lindsey DeBoer preserved the shutout.

On Sunday, the girls faced the division leading Hope team and turned the tables on an earlier defeat. De- Boer took advantage of a deep playing defensive line and goalie, shooting at the net from outside the penalty box and chalking up the first goal. An aggressive Hope team did not give up and converted a corner kick.

The remainder of the game was a tie, with each team fighting aggressively to take the lead. Angelina Meringolo and Jessica Morelli came up with the big kicks when necessary to thwart the Hope attack. With about five minutes left, Katie Marquardt and Kelly Ward teamed up on a breakaway with Ward taking a perfectly placed monster shot that soared above the Hope goalie's head. Kerrianne Blum did an awesome job in goal.

The Fifth Grade Boys (6-0) played their best game of the season. Joey Morelli, Jack Watt, James McManus and Roland Wertz stepped up and worked the defense beautifully. Morelli took control and led the back line. The boys were communicating, passing, going to the ball and hustling and it showed with a 3-0 victory over Hope.

Christian Lanzetta was on fire with hustle and shooting to give Sales its first goal. James Carlton gave a lead pass to Kyle Hoffman who was able to continue the play to the net for the second goal. Carlton had his best game of the season and topped it off with the final goal. Ben Edwards had the magic gloves on and took control of the net. Luca Bartoli showed team spirit by coming to the game and supporting his team even when he was unable to play.

With a 4-1 victory over St. Mel's, the

Fifth Grade Girls' undefeated streak stays alive at 7-0. With tremendous passing, ball control, and communication, the girls were able to keep St. Mel's at bay. From the initial kickoff, the Tidal Wave took control and made outstanding passing from the middle to the wing and back to the middle. The scoring started with sharp passing from Lauren Marten to Nicole Gibson to Molly Breslin, who split two defenders before dishing to a wideopen Maria Di Carlo. Di Carlo's goal gave SFDS a 1-0 lead at halftime.

In the second half Di Carlo doubled the lead quickly off another assist from Gibson. Gibson then scored a phenomenal goal of her own. The final goal by Devin Gavigan was off a give-and-go with Courtney McCool who started the play with a throw in. Megan Twomey played tremendously. The ball control and confidence of Kaitlin "Lefty" Neiswenter and Mollie Kuhlmann shut down any scoring attempt of Mel's. The defensive skills of Anissa Cherubini, Jessica Rivera and Paulina Ruta made sure the ball would not cross the goal line. Goalie Rose Fay made two diving saves.

The Second Grade Girls #2 played an exceptional game against Second Grade Girls #1, tying 1-1. Carianne Sconzo, Kate McNamara and Kaysea Jenkusky held strong in defense despite SFDS #1 scoring the first goal of the game. Nina Melchiorri played superbly as goalie. During the second half, it was forward Grace Lanzetta who took control of the ball to score, tying the game.

The midfielders and forwards were outstanding working as a team, making the game intense from start to finish. On Sunday SFDS #2 remained undefeated with a 6-1 win against St. Margaret's. The girls dominated the opponent's field throughout the entire game. Kaysea Jenkusky scored the goal in the first half, with Lanzetta scoring another three. Margaret scored making it 4-1. Forwards Catherine Lunny, Molly Abernethy and Nina Melchorri kept pressuring Margaret's defense the whole second half, but Lanzetta was unstoppable scoring two more goals, one on a breakaway to seal the victory.

The Eighth Grade Girls (7-0) continued their winning ways, this past weekend, with wins over Blessed Trinity and St Andrews. On Friday night the girls traveled to Breezy to take on perpetual rivals, Blessed Trinity. SFDS scored first when Nicole Maranga deflected in a beautiful Therese Boyle corner kick. Blessed Trinity responded with a goal of their own to tie the match, 1-1.

In the second half Blessed Trinity scored to take a 2-1 lead. This marked the first time SFDS was losing in a match, all season. Later, Casey Mc- Dade tied the game when she kicked in a loose ball in front of the net. With about five minutes remaining Ciara Flynn broke the 2-2 tie when she finished off a break-away with a goal just to the right of the keeper. Raina Dziuk played great in goal to keep the game close and preserve the win. On Sunday the girls were home for St. Andrews and won 5-0, notching their fifth shutout of the season. The defense was solid and Michelle Wrynn and Lauren Cherubini both scored their first career goals.

The Seventh Grade Boys came out strong against the St. Gregory's team with left wing Garrett Murnan crossing the ball to Chris Ray (3 goals - third hat trick of season) in the center who finished it off just 34 seconds into the game. Ryan Hoffman with his cross-over was able to get by and score the second goal five minutes later.

The right side with Anthony Scotto and Tommy Lynch kept the pressure on with strong crosses to their front line. Garrett led the left side with unbelievable crosses to set up several goals. Jimmy Howard had a great game and was able to find the net. Max Frankel, who also had a strong blast from outside the 18, hit the left corner. Matt Prasenski, Connor Ryan, Mike Tammaro and Ben Appleman were powerhouses in the back with aggressive plays and creating offsides. SFDS stayed in control and won 6-5.

The First Grade Boys #1 remains undefeated after Saturday's 3-0 win against Hope. This was the most exciting game yet as Hope kept SFDS' defense led by TJ Mahoney, Jack Tansey and Matthew Edwards on the move while goalies Sean Peter Mullen and Matt Schmitt were like brick walls keeping the ball out of the net. John McMorrow, Johnny Taylor and Mark Mehta controlled the midfield as Nico Allen, Joshua Bellin and Mike Coletta showed tremendous strength and speed keeping the ball on the opponent's side of the field giving opportunities for Michael Tuffey, Sean Peter Mullen and Danny Cornish to score goals.

The First Grade Girls hustled throughout but couldn't overcome prolonged pressure in their defensive zone, losing 3-0 to St. Luke. Forwards Allysa Flannery and Brooke Leahy stoked bright offensive bursts.

Backs Kaitlyn Potter, Kelly Erhard, and Molly Burns wrested control of in-bounds turnovers. Quick Shaun Smith blanketed Luke's lead striker with edgy single coverage. Tough Kathleen Schmitt thwarted up-close attacks with her shins and bold goalie Jennifer Quagliariello lunged for shots on the cold Throgs Neck ground.

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