Italy Has Good Second Week In Peninsula Cup Soccer
The weather wiped out some games last week but when Mother Nature allowed, Italy had a busy and successful week on the pitch. The most exciting game was a come-from-behind affair by the fourth to fifth grade boys division against England.
England was strong from the start as they took a 2- 0 lead at half. Brian Fiemer was on fire as his energy made it hard for Italy to contain.
In the second half, Kyle Hoffman was able to get the stride back for Italy with a breakaway goal. Italy’s defense led by Aidan Gallagher, Conor Tacopina, Gavin Rogers and Noah Rogers came out strong.
Teddy Stathis passed the ball to Hoffman, who once again scored to tie the game. It was a game to watch as the ball was going from end line to end line. Late in the game, Ryan Dougherty blasted a shot which was first saved by the England goalkeeper, but Brendan Gallagher followed up the rebound to give Italy the win.
It was the second win for Italy recently against England. In the first victory, goalkeeper Eric Potter had the magic gloves in goal. Joe Morelli led the defense. Aidan O’Connor, James Carlton and Josh Zweifler were able to find the back of the net to keep Italy in the lead.
In sixth to eighth grade boys action, Italy had a pair of tight games. JR McDonagh played very well. Ryan Hoffman led the team at center half along, and team up in defense with James Amodeo to the right and Brian Ganun at the left. The halfbacks were able to find their forwards with quick passes. Andre Lipiec, John Flanigan, John Stewart, Jack Carter and Kevin McDonagh worked well driving and shooting at goal. Zack Willis scored the team’s goal. Italy looked like they would stay in the lead, but fell 2-1 to England.
Italy came out with a strong effort against Brazil. Dillion Beehler, John Boyle and Kyle Connelly had the defense covered with their strong clearing of the ball. Joe Joe Brown was back and ready to go as the magic gloves were back on. Ryan Hoffman and Max Frankel worked well together at midfield. Frankel was missed last week but made up for it with two goals to keep Italy in the lead. Alex Goldberg with his speed along with Mario Kennedy kept the pressure on Brazil. Italy rose to a 2-1 win
In the girls fourth to fifth grade division, Team Italy was victorious in a close match with Brazil, winning 3-1. In the first half, both teams had opportunities but some expert goaltending by Megan Twomey and Hannah Nicholson kept the game scoreless.
The scoring was opened by Maria DiCarlo, who sent the ball into the back of the net after she received a nice pass by Megan Duffey. Pauline Ruta and Claire Hughes provided the big plays on defense for Italy which they needed to keep their 1-0 lead at the half.
Brazil opened the second with a major push down the field to score a goal within seconds. Team Italy went right to work. Erin McDermott and Emma Meade were tenacious in midfield, continually sending the ball back to the forward line. Katie Marquardt gave Italy the lead with a beautiful kick from the top of the box. Team Brazil fought back valiantly, but Italy goalie Lindsey DeBoer was able to throw back each one. With less than a minute left, Lauren Duggan was able to sneak one more past Brazil to seal Italy’s victory.
The Peninsula Cup Season open ed with England and Italy battling to a scoreless tie in the first grade girls division. Each team took long turns defending their half of the field. England forwards Madelyn Billows, Kaitlyn Potter, and Caroline Gifford even teamed up with Italy’s Maeve Murnan, who swapped team jerseys to even up the rosters. They ushered the majority of Italy‘s first half threats away from their goalkeeper Corrine Connelly.
In the second half, Italy goalie Rory Lang waited safely in net as teammates Kaylie Walsh, Katie Martin, Emma Kean, Juliann Bianco, Emma Davie, and Emma McDonough displayed a solid wall of defense. Still, Italy was stopped by solid deep zone- D from Gifford, Siobhan Twomey, and Lauren Kelly (who returned post-game to Italy) in front of Goalie Heather O’Neill.