Bad Weather, Good Sportsmanship At Peninsula Cup Soccer
Mother Nature and the holiday week wreaked havoc on Peninsula Cup soccer last week but some good sportsmanship was on display in the few games which took place.
Although it seemed that the First Grade boys game between Argentina and England was going to be cancelled as Team Argentina only had three players: Mark Mehta, Danny Cornish and Matt Schmitt, the game was able to be played due to the great sportsmanship of Sean Peter Mullen and Brian Duggan for coming over from England to join Argentina.
They played like a team from the start by taking turns in all positions. Team Argentina scored their one goal due to their teamwork. Goalie Duggan threw the ball to Mehta, who passed it immediately to Mullen. He kicked the pass to midfield where Cornish was waiting to take the pass with great ball control. Cornish passed the ball further to Schmitt, who was waiting right in front of the opposing net and scored the goal.
Michael Tuffey’s relentless play on offense helped to result in the winning two goals for Team England. John McMorrow had an outstanding game, constantly pushing the ball upfield and exerting offensive pressure throughout the game. Ryan Murphy and Matt Celentano kept solid control of the ball, drilling past a very tough Argentinean defensive line. Michael Ormiston, who was fantastic as the first-time-ever goalie for Team England, stopped all of the shots on goal.
In the Fourth to Fifth Grade Boys Division, the chill in the air did not stop team Italy. Joey Morelli took charge of the backfield along with Brendan Gallagher and Conor Tacopina with their strong aggressive plays. Eric Potter and Gavin Rogers served as the team wall in goal. Potter switched positions and was able to find the opposition’s net to score a goal. Kyle Hoffman, Joah Zweifler (1 assist) and James Carlton each added a goal. Teddy Stathis, Brendan Gallagher, Ryan Dougherty, Aiden Gallagher, and Jack Kimmeth showed teamwork in dribbling and passing the ball.
The sportsmanship award this week goes to Noah Rogers. Team Italy also wants to welcome newcomer Conor Smith.
In the Sixth to Eighth Grade Boys Division, Team Italy was happy to walk on the field and see some key players missing from Argentina. But the opposition still came out strong through the leadership of Matthew Prasenski.
Italy eventually was able to find the net with goals from Ryan Hoffman, Max Frankel, Brain Ganum and Joe Joe Brown. John Boyle, Kyle Connelly, and JR McDonagh kept the defense strong. Andre Lipiec and Kevin McDonagh lead the offense with quick and key passing.
KICKERS: All girls’ divisions games from Wednesday, March 31 have been rescheduled to Monday, April 12. All games from Friday, March 26 have been rescheduled to Monday, April 19.