2009-12-04 / Sports

St. Francis Boys Fight Hard In Title Loss

The SFDS Fifth Grade soccer boys just fell short in their quest to win the CYO Division title against St. Anastasia.

St. Francis represented the North Division as they took on Southern representative St. Anastasia in the championship game. It was a hard fought game from the start.

Anastasia jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, but the SFDS boys continued to fight hard. Jonathan Machado blasted the ball into the left hand corner of the net on a direct kick as St. Francis cut the deficit to one goal.

Kyle Hoffman, Luca Bartoli and James Carlton kept working the ball at the front line striving for the goal. Mario Cimino's strong throw-ins kept the play moving forward towards Anastasia's goal. Christian Lanzetta, who started at defense, used his speed to become an effective player when he was moved to the wing.

Matt Coletta took a corner kick, and the ball was then kicked into the net by Lanzetta to tie the game. The team work ed hard to keep the Anastasia offense at bay.

As time was running out in the game, Anastasia was able to sneak the ball into the net to give them the lead. Though Anastasia came on top with the win, St. Francis left the field with their heads held high. The team displayed strong character and never gave up.

To get to the CYO division title, SFDS defeated their peninsula friends Blessed Trinity in the semifinals.

Blessed Trinity found the net in the first half to take a 1-0 lead. St. Francis' Cimino, Coletta and Machado did an unbelievable job controlling the midfield. Machado had a hot foot at the corners with two assists. He was able to find Kyle Hoffman in the front of the net to score de Sales' first goal. Joey Morelli led the defense with the assistance of Lanzetta, Sebastian Tobar, Jack Watt, Ben Edwards and Danny Lynch.

Lanzetta made a heads-up play in the backfield and was able to feed Hoffman (2 goals) who was able to get by the defense and break the 1-1 tie. Machado gave a strong cross to find Bartoli who stepped up to find the back of the net.

Carlton, Andrew O'Sullivan, Randy Hanson, Roland Wertz, Ryan Dough - er ty and James Munson did a great job on the forward line keeping the pressure on Trinity's defense. Brian Fiem - er, Trinity's goalie, did a great job controlling the net.

SFDS' own goalie, Dominic Savino, had the magic gloves on throughout the game and helped his team come on top with a 3-1 win.

The boys had a great season with a 10-0 record, placing first in their division. Congratulations to all the boys on a great season.

Thanks again to our parents for their help, support and encouragement throughout the season.

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