Third, Fourth, Sixth and Seventh Grade Girls Are CYO Soccer Queens
Third Grade is the first playoff-eligible division and for the fourth straight year, our Third Grade Girls swept the post-season. Their fairy tale season came to an end by being officially crowned the Diocesan Champs! The Girls defeated a relentless St. Mel's team in the rain by the score of 4-1.
In the first half of play, Jillian Mach - ado started the scoring off with a beautiful goal to the back of the net and then Rian Courtney joined in on the fun and added a goal of her own.
In the second half, Ryan Carlton and Reilly Mangano sealed the champion - ship by scoring the last two goals. The coaches were a bit nervous before the start of the game due to the terrible playing but the Girls didn't disappoint anyone by continuing their great play as they did all season! Jillian Howard, Alex Dadario and Kelsey Flynn kept the ball up the field.
The girls outscored their opponents for the season by an astonishing margin of 57 goals to 2! If the girls stay together and keep improving, the coaches are sure that they could be "the team" that will be talked about for years to come.
In the semifinals, the Third Grade Girls defeated Our Lady of Hope 1-0. It was a well played game by both teams. The girls stayed active by attacking the Hope goalkeeper the entire game, but they only could get one goal by her. The one goal scored was by Rian Courtney assisted by Jillian Howard. The defense, lead by Elizabeth Meringolo, did a fantastic job sending back every ball when any possible surge by Hope was attempted.
The Fourth Grade Girls started their title defense by squaring off against a much-improved Hope team, but SFDS took the win, 4-0.
Hope came on strong at the start but the strong defensive play of Claire Hughes, Julia Caputo, Jessica Morelli and Jessica Buckley thwarted every at - tack. The few that did get by were ex - pertly handled by Sinead Gallagher. As SFDS moved the ball toward the net, Katie Marquardt led a breakaway down the field. Her shot was deflected by the Hope goalie but Lindsey DeBoer was there to send it right back in for a 1-0 lead at the half.
SFDS took charge in the second half. Breanne McDonnell, who was masterful in the midfield position, put in the second goal on a nice assist from Carly McCann. Katie Marquardt followed up with the third goal off a nice assist from Maddie McDade. Caroline Kelly sent the ball in for the final shot, a high arcing ball which slipped in past the Hope goalie. SFDS was now poised to take on Blessed Trinity in the championship game.
Blessed Trinity is always a strong op - ponent. The SFDS girls brought the ball down the field, time and time again, never to find the back of the net. Makayla Beehler was tremendous on defense as was the entire defensive squad of Jessica Morelli, Jessica Buck - ley, Claire Hughes, Angelina Merin golo, Kerrianne Blum and Syd ney O'Brien who were able to clear the ball at every Blessed Trinity attempt.
Each one made the big kicks when necessary. In midfield, Ashley Kelley, Alice Murphy, Maddie McDade, Bre - anne McDonnell and Carly McCann kept feeding the ball forward to no avail. The forward line of Megan Duffy, Kaleigh Gilroy, Samantha Capizzi, Taylor Slakman, Caroline Kelly, Lind - sey DeBoer, Kelly Ward, Katie Barrett and Katie Marquardt each took shots on goal, but it seemed as if the Blessed Trinity goalie was able to snatch each one that got close.
Finally, with five minutes left in the game, the final huddle in front of the Blessed Trinity net was fruitful, with Katie Marquardt finally squeaking one past the Blessed Trinity goalie for a 1-0 lead. With minutes left in the game, Blessed Trinity made one last ditch effort towards the goal which Claire Hughes was able to send back over the midfield line to keep the ball in SFDS territory. Sinead Gallagher was awesome in goal, stopping each ball which came her way.
The Eighth Grade Girls completed their CYO careers by garnering their third silver medal in four years. The seniors put in a valiant effort against the never-defeated squad from Our Lady of Hope but fell 3-0. A full report will be in next week's paper. SFDS reach ed the title game with a 3-0 win of their own against St. Virgilius. Therese Boyle, the league's top player, notched a goal, two assists and several jaw-dropping ball-handling displays against the determined rivals from Broad Chan - nel. Amy McManus and Ciara Flynn also scored while Nicole Maranga ad - ded an assist.
The Seventh Grade Boys had an exciting semi-final and came out on top with an exciting come from behind win. In the first half, the boys were down 3- 0 when Luke Gersch struck for SFDS with their first goal of the game. With the fields muddy and the boys struggling to turn the momentum of the game in their favor, they powered through with a tremendous second half.
Down 3-1, the boys were able to find the back of the net six times and they never looked back! Luke Gersch kept it going with his second goal, followed by a "fancy backward bicycle kick" by Ryan Hoffman that came off a corner kick by Chris Ray. Chris, who scored the fifth goal, had two more assists on corner kicks to Ryan Hoffman (header) and Joseph Brown. Garrett Murnan also contributed with a goal to put the boys on top 7-4.
Goalie Augie Ameruso had a tough time with the mud, but he buckled down and kept his team in the game. The Boys play this weekend for the championship against Hope and without a doubt will come out fighting!
The Fifth Grade Boys showed plenty of grit in their championship game, rallying from a 2-0 deficit against Blessed Trinity before falling on a late goal. A full report will be in next week's paper.
In the non-playoff divisions, our three First Grade teams finished their seasons with wins.
The First Grade Boys #1 had an awesome win this past Saturday against Our Lady of Hope to finish the season with an impressive 4-1 record overall. First half goals were scored by Michael Tuffey and Matt Schmitt.
Solid defense by Johnny Taylor, Storm McDonald-Smith and Joshua Bellin kept the opponent away from the net, well guarded by Sean Peter Mullen and Michael Butkiewicz. Aidan Hark ins opened the second half with a quick goal, making the final score 3-0.
The First Grade Boys #2 concluded their season by winning 2-0 against St. Gregory's. The boys were resilient all game and were in St. Greg's defensive zone throughout the game. At last, Aidan Harkins used his speed to break away from the pack to score the first goal in the first half. In the second half of play, Colin Byrne capped the game off by scoring his first goal of the season which, ironically, was the last goal of the season.
Excellent offensive play was display - ed by all of the boys, especially Gerard McManus, Matt Tubridy, Shane How - ard, Mike Tuffey, and Danny Grillo. The defenders, led by Mike Duffy, Owen Mullen and James DeSilva, didn't allow St. Greg's to get close to the goalie, Kieran Howard, who earned the shutout.
The First Grade Girls blanked soccer sisters Blessed Trinity, 2-0, sealing a 4-6 season under cool rookie coaches Steve Gifford and Grace Leahy. Two more girls tapped the team's November scoring knack as athletic beacons Meg - an Murray and Kaylie Walsh each nicked their first.
Makayla Braskey and Julia Necka - huptysiowska maintained true-to-form pressure and possession on attack. Sofia Moore, Kelly Ehrhard and Heather O'Neill retook ball control in midfield trenches.
Maeve Murnan, Lauren Kelly, Allysa Flannery and Caroline Gifford likewise defended the muddy boxlines keeping work light for goalies Jennifer Quag - liariello and Jillian Schneider (three saves apiece).