Italy Kicks In A Good Week In Peninsula Cup Soccer
In the fourth and fifth grade division, Italy’s 4-5 Boys came out strong against England with Noah Rogers starting off with a goal in the first five minutes. Kyle Hoffman followed the lead with a blast outside the 18. Tim Connelly, Jag Guidarelli, James Munson and David Hanrahhan led England with their aggressive plays. Eric Potter worked the goal in the first half, holding England off while Ryan Dougherty took over in the second half.
Brendan Gallagher led the offense while his brother Aidan and Joey Morelli took care of the defense. Italy came on top 4-1.
The Brazil and Argentina 6-8 boys match had the lead go back and forth all game. Brazil’s Joe Moran and Argentina’s goalkeeper had a lot of action in net. Brazil scorers were Mike Tammaro, Anthony Scotto, Jerry Toomey and Joe Willis. Matt Regan took control of the midfield. Jerry and Mike Tammaro led the defense. Argentina had goals by Matt Cappiello and Ryan Hoffman, who stepped up and played on sky blue for the night. Willie Robles and Conor Pfstier led the team in the backfield. The result of the game was a 4-4 tie.
The Italy and England 6-8th grade boys game was a match to watch. Both teams played hard and worked together as a team. Italy was able to find the net first with a right cross from Ryan Hoffman to Mario Kennedy who was able to do a one touch into the left corner of the net. Jake Nicholson was unbelievable in net for England and had several crucial saves in the first half. Mike Castellano and John Frost kept the pressure on Italy’s goalie.
In the second half, Dillion Beehler brought the ball down the left side to give a cross in front on the net to find Max Frankel who headed the ball in the right corner. Italy’s defense Zack Willis, Andrea Lipiec, Brian Ganun, along with John Boyle, took charge on the back clearing and passing the ball quickly to their forward line. The last 10 minutes England was putting pressure on Italy. Alex Moule took a corner kick to find Tom Clark inside the box to head the ball in the up right hand corner. Time ran out and Italy won 2-1.
In First Grade Girls action, Argentina’s Stephanie O’Connor scored her game’s sole goal off a toss-in from Makayla Braskey before kick-off dust settled. Forwards Megan Murray, Eva Powers-Velasquez and Maeve Gallagher peppered England’s goalies throughout the game. Later that week, Italy defeated an All-World team, 2-1. Kaylie Walsh (her 5th) and Maeve Murnan scored for Italy. Caroline Gifford notched one for the All- Worlders.
Team England’s first grade boys applied significant offensive and defensive pressure against Italy, but the game ended in a 0-0 tie. Brian Duggan, Danny Grillo, Michael Tuffey, Sean Peter Mullen and Brendan Powers excelled offensively pushing the ball upfield and taking numerous shots on goal. John McMorrow proved to be a formidable goalie stopping some terrific shots from the opposing team. Joseph DiGiacomo and Ryan Murphy did an outstanding job on defense, keeping the ball away from the goal. And a special thanks to TJ Mahoney, who agreed to play with Italy to even up the sides.
HEADERS: Playoff schedules were distributed to coaches this week. All teams make the playoffs.