Peninsula Cup Soccer Springs Into Action With Several Close Games
Spring has sprung in Rockaway and with it has come the fourth season of Peninsula Cup soccer. Sporting new uniforms and team names from the World Cup, youngsters from across Rockaway hit the pitch last week. Several exciting games set the tone for a great season.
In the second to third grade boys division, Netherlands squared off against Germany. With the great defense of Dean Hanrahan, John Curte, Jack McDade, James Carson and Chris McElhinney, the Netherlands held off a tough German squad to win 3-2.
Netherlands displayed excellent goalkeeping by Jack Mullally and Matt McDade. Midfielders Christian Zirino-Rodriguez, Ryan Gibson, and Timmy Moran covered their ground and the team received stellar two-way play by Patrick Murphy. Goals were scored by Kennedy Kirk (on his birthday) and the dynamo Jimmy Reid scoring two.
The fourth to fifth grade girls also had tight one-goal games. St. Patrick’s Day proved to be a lucky day for England. They were able to stay ahead of Italy by only one point. Each goal shot got England very nervous. Grace defended the goal with a strong force and the help of her defense, (Kaleigh, Kelly and Jessica) made the net hard to enter.
Even when Italy‘s goalie Maria lost her tooth, the action continued. No one knew if it was the game or nature that popped the tooth out, but she put it in her pocket and the game went on. Who says girls aren’t tough!!!
Great kicks were made by the forwards and the passes were right on. Great assist on the goal by Lauren to Erin. We will see if the luck of the English continues next week against Argentina.
In the fourth to fifth grade girls battle between Argentina and Brazil, all of the scoring was done in the second half. The offensive players of both teams tried very hard and had a few close goal shots but the defensive players held them off. Great catches by the goalies kept the ball out of the nets.
The first half ended with no score. The second half started with a beautiful goal by Keely McEachern followed by another by Maeve Regan for Argentina. Maddie McDade sent the ball over goalie Lizzie Meringolo’s head for Brazil’s only goal. The final score was Argentina 2, Brazil 1.
Argentina showed some real spunk and enthusiasm for their opening first grade boys game on a beautiful Saturday morning. Although they had seven players, which meant no substitutions for the entire game, they played their hearts out and kept the game to a 0–0 tie against Brazil. Mark Mehta, Danny Cornish, Jake Mason, Matthew Schmitt, Nico Allen, Aidan Doherty and Brandon Fox played like a real team for a group of boys that never played together. Their coaches couldn’t be prouder for the great spirit they showed on Saturday.
England and Italy squared off on Saturday morning, which proved to be a royal European battle. The final score was 0-0 as both teams played exceptional defense. Goalies Sean Peter Mullen and Brian Duggan did an outstanding job for England. On defense, TJ Mahoney and Matt Celentano were outstanding in stopping the ball from penetrating England’s ring of defense.
Finally, Brendan Powers ex-hibited tremendous heart and stamina throughout the game, constantly pushing the ball upfield and past a myraid of Italy’s finest.
In other action between Italy and England, the first grade girls battled to a scoreless draw in their opening game.
Italy defeated the British 3-0 in the second to third grade girls division and 5-1 in the sixth to eighth grade girls division.
On the boys side, Italy edged England 3-2. Brazil edged Argentina, 3-2, in the girls sixth to eighth grade division.