Goalies Rule: SFDS CYO Soccer Shuts Down The Competition
As the weather turned cold, St. Francis' defense turned hard as ice, posting numerous shutouts the last two weeks. With the final weekend of the regular season upon us, the coaches hope this stellar defense carries SFDS' teams deep into the CYO play offs.
The Fourth Grade Girls got the whitewashes started with a 5-0 win over the Hope "C." The scoring started quickly as an SFDS shot was deflected in by Hope's defender. Katie Marquardt then knock - ed in the second goal off a nice set-up by Katie Bar - rett. Maddie McDade displayed some expert dribbling as she easily worked the ball around two Hope defenders to score the third goal of the half. Taylor Slakman and Kelly Ward did a great job at the wing position and Jessica Morrelli showed strong aggressive play on the forward line.
In the second half, Breanne McDonnell wisely followed her shot netting the fourth goal as she and Kay leigh Gilroy fought hard to connect with a bobbled ball by the Hope goalie. Angelina Meringolo scored the fifth and final goal as she and Kerrianne Blum passed the ball strategically toward the Hope net. Sydney O'Brien and Julia Caputo made some excellent defensive plays.
In the battle of the peninsula, the Fifth Grade Girls came out victorious over Blessed Trinity by a score of 2-0. The rain and wind caused a problem for both teams but SFDS took control first. Devin Gav - igan made a pass from the right midfield, across the field to Nicole Gibson. She dribbled the ball up the left wing, placed a solid pass on the foot of Molly Bres lin who then made an astounding pass to Lau - ren Marten who blasted it home to take the lead.
With the second half starting and the winds picking up, SFDS continued to push and cause Blessed Trinity to turn over the ball causing the crucial clinch ing goal. Off a Blessed Trinity goal kick, the ball skipped towards midfield. Gwyn McGee took the ball past two players, passed it to the right wing on the foot of Breslin who placed a picture perfect pass to Maria Di Carlo who netted it for the second goal of the game.
An outstanding game in the forward and midfield position by Emma Meade, Victoria Stagnitta, and McGee held Blessed Trinity from making a strong push. The defense of Anissa Cherubini, Paulina Ruta and Leila Sturgis continued to stay strong with powerful kicks when the ball came towards them. Rose Fay, making her debut in goal the second half, solidified the victory for SFDS keeping the undefeated record alive.
The Third Grade Girls had two impressive shutout victories defeating Our Lady of Grace 6-0 on Sat - ur day and St. Mel's 4-0 on Sunday. The first game was started with a barrage of goals beginning with Hannah Harkins (2), Ryan Carlton (2), Jillian Mac - hado and then Jillian Howard.
Francesca Agoglia, Ginger Kuhlmann and Kate Wrynn had some impressive kicks from the defensive end. Olivia Murray, Alex Dadario and Kelsey Flynn did an awesome job fighting off the GRACE players at midfield. Rian Courtney, Taylor Scac cia
and Daniella DiCarlo centered the ball beautifully to the offense which gave the offense the opportunity to score. The girls dominated the opponent's side of the field throughout the game. Paige Humphrey and Elizabeth Meringolo did a great job in goal.
The second game was more impressive than the first with a victory against St. Mel's 4-0. Mac hado
got her first hat trick with three goals and Carlton finished it off with one more goal. Elizabeth Car - mody, Victoria Meier and Carolyn Diehm helped the offense and pushed the ball up the field. Rielly Mangano, Kelsey Flynn and Harkins assisted the offense with some sharp passes up the line. The girls were able to keep St. Mel's at bay. Chrissy Diehm and Howard were quick to steal any breakaways.
Meringolo had some great saves at goal which helped SFDS keep their undefeated streak alive.
The First Grade Girls fired eight early shots on goal but under a stronger second half counterstrike lost 2-0 to Blessed Trinity. Muddy cleats couldn't cheat Forward Casey Bringe Steele and breakaway Striker Kaylie Walsh out of defying BT's sharp netminder. Jennifer Quagliarello splashed four saves, Shaun Smith and Emma Murray shared five, and Sweeper Fallon Brackley juggled zones to back up her goalies.
In earlier action, the Fifth Grade Girls keep their undefeated season alive by defeating the relentless St. Andrews by a score of 8-4. SFDS came out with tremendous control and scored three fast goals. Maria Di Carlo netted her first hat trick of the season.
The Third Grade Girls kept the streak going by winning against Our Lady of Hope 6-0. Carlton and Machado scored two goals apiece. Goalie Meringolo had some great saves.
The First Grade Boys team beat their rivals Blessed Trinity 1-0. It was a fight to the end. Gerard McManus, Danny Cornish and Mike Butklewicz drib bled the ball up the field and Cornish blasted the ball so hard it deflected off a Blessed Trinity player to go into the goal.
The First Grade Girls ran a rally packed effort in a 3-1 loss to Our Lady of Hope. Forward Brooke Leahy notched her second goal this season and Halfback Nicole Moran coaxed drives out of the home D-zone into Hope's D-line. Goalies Jillian Schneider (seven saves) and Fallon Brackley, kept the game in reach until the last drop of hot chocolate (game ball to Noelle, Molly Burns' mom!!).
The Fourth Grade Boys played two strong games. Behind the goaltending of Timothy Connelly and John Resker they played a tight game with rival Blessed Trinity. The game was tied until late when Blessed Trinity snuck some goals in for a 3-1 win. The next day SFDS ran into a rather large St. Mel's team and fought to a 0-0 draw. Rob Rose was a virtual wall in goal.
The Second Grade Girls #2 remained strong against Blessed Trinity with a 0-0 score. The cold wind made it difficult to play. Defensive players Grace Lanzetta, Catherine Lunny, and Nina Mel - chiorri held off Blessed Trinity's attempts, with Molly Aberthery doing a great job as goalie.
The Fifth Grade Boys had a busy but successful weekend. They defeated Our Lady of Grace 6-0 before taking on Our Lady of Hope on a rainy, cold and windy day. Christian Lanzetta, Jonathon Machado and Mario Cimino played unbelievably at midfield. Their hustle, passing and teamwork controlled the pace of the game. The boys are playing like a team with great passing and communication. De Sales came out on top with a 3-0 win.
The Second Grade Boys #2 played a terrific game against St. Gregory's. They won 7-0 with goals from Ian Byrne (4), Joseph Tammaro (2) and Jack Collins (1).
The Seventh Grade Boys played against St. Mar - garet's and came out with a 6-0 win. Anthony Scotto scored two quick goals to set the tone. SFDS Goalie Augie Ameruso got a chance to show off his ball skills and played aggressively out in the field.