Close Matches Reign In Peninsula Cup Soccer
In the Girls Fourth to Fifth Grade Division, Team Italy defeated Team Argentina in a highly competitive match, 2-1. Emma Meade was a major force in midfield and netted the first goal, tenaciously following up a deflected shot by Megan Twomey. Play continued with both sides having goal scoring opportunities.
For Argentina, Nicole Gibson and Keely McEachern were driving forces in the offensive attack. Expert goaltending by Isabella Grillo kept each shot at bay. Italy was able to keep pressure on with Lindsay DeBoer effectively using the outside lanes to bring the ball downfield, centering to Maria DiCarlo who booted the ball in for goal #2, squeaking one past Argentina goalie Carly Bopp.
Argentina came out fighting in the second half with Jessica Morelli and Haily Kourbage leading the offensive attack. Sydney O’Brien and Katie Mc- Donough came up with the big kicks on defense when necessary to send the ball back. Argentina was able to tally a goal when sent one into the net. Italy pressed hard to lengthen its lead but Elizabeth Meringolo was able to make a number of key saves to keep the lead at one. As the final whistle blew Italy was able to preserve the win.
The First Grade Boys Team Argentina had a tough win this week against Brazil. Mark Mehta and Joey Mortellaro were relentless as the goalies for the game and kept Argentina to a shutout. Danny Cornish had a beautiful assist to the net where Aidan Doherty was waiting to score a goal. Bart Maroney sent a beautiful pass, again to Aidan, who sent the ball sailing into the net for a second goal. The third goal for Argentina was a full team effort. Brandon Fox scored the final goal. Argentina couldn’t have been so successful if it wasn’t for the help from their friends from the Brazil team: Michael and Anthony. They say, “Thanks for helping us out to even up the teams.”
In a First Grade Girls rematch of week 1, Italy defeated England 1-0. Midway through the second half, Kaylie Walsh capped a long, winding, solo drive with a scoring jab just inside the net’s far post.
England’s Casey Gilroy, Emma Murray, and Eva Powers-Velasquez (subbing from team Argentina) scuttled several late, deep offensives, running to the final whistle.