2010-05-21 / Sports

Italy Rules The 2010 Peninsula World Cup Soccer Championships

Team Italy proved victorious in the Peninsula Cup sixth- to eighth-grade boys championship. Team Italy proved victorious in the Peninsula Cup sixth- to eighth-grade boys championship. Teams representing Italy claimed three of the six titles in this year’s Peninsula Cup. Argentina, Brazil and England each claimed one title.

Italy took on Argentina in the finals in the boys sixth- to eighth-grade division. Italy scored first on a goal from Alex Goldberg. Argentina then tied the game, but Italy proved to be too much for their opponent as goals from Max Frankel, Ryan Hoffman, Zach Willis, and Mario Kennedy-Diminich sealed a hard fought victory. J.R. McDunner, Brian Ganum, Andre Lipiec, and James Amodeo assisted on the goals.

On the other end of the field a stellar Italy defense, led by quick handed goalie Joe Brown, once again proved their worth holding Argentina to just the one goal and a scoreless second half. James Amodeo, Dillon Beehler, John Boyle, Kevin McDonagh, and John Stewart all played a solid game as well. Monique Beehler and Eric Mundy coached the champions.

The Boys 4-5 final was also an Italy vs. Argentina affair. Both teams came out strong. It was not until 20 minutes into the first half that Italy was able to break a tie. Eric Potter gave a lead pass to Josh Zweifler who crossed it to Kyle Hoffman who was able to finish it up with a shot into the corner of the net. Argentina kept the pressure on with Joe Allessandro, Billy Reid, Liam Howley and Christian Lanzetta. James Carlton started the chance for Italy by breaking through the defense and giving a lead pass to Brendan Gallagher who delivered a pass to Hoffman for the second goal. Zweifler topped it off with the final goal for a 3-0 score.

Goalkeepers Gavin Rogers and Eric Potter were able to hold Argentina off. Joe Morelli with his strong leg power and leadership took control of the d-zone

along with Aidan O’Connor, Connor Tacopina and Aidan Gallagher. Noah Rogers and Teddy Stathis showed their speed and aggressive plays at midfield. Ryan Dougherty, Josh, James Carlton and Hoffman worked well together on the front line.

A great game was played on both ends. Team Italy wanted to say thank you to their coaches Kathryn Edwards and Deirdre Quinlan for a great season. Argentina also gives a huge thanks to coach Kristen.

During the regular season, Italy and Argentina met three times in the girls sixth- to eighth-grade division and all three matches ended in a tie. So, when the two teams met a fourth time in the championship match, you expected a low scoring, tightly played match, which is exactly how it played out.

On a typically windy day in Fort Tilden it took an overtime session to crown the champions as Italy defeated Argentina, 2-1. The two teams reached the first half with neither team scoring thanks to strong defenses. For Argentina goalie Meaghan Shevlin made several saves and defenders Victoria Rivara, Alexis Feldman and Rory Kirk were rock-solid, playing with the wind in their faces. For Italy, defenders Anna Claire DelVecchio and Celeste Lynch were equally as solid, successfully defending several Argentina rushes.

Midway through the second half Italy finally broke the scoreless tie on a goal from Nicole Maranga. However, a few minutes later Morgan Koenig used her left foot to deflect a beautiful pass from Kathryn Gibson into the back of the net, to knot the score at 1-1. And so the match went to overtime. Argentina took the wind at their back to start the first of two five-minute OT periods, and it almost paid off.

An Argentina player took a hard shot on net, but Italy goalie Anna Charles deflected the shot off her hands and, in the face of a charging Argentina forward, dove on the free ball to preserve the tie. She then followed it up with a solid punt to clear the ball out of her own end. A minute later Italy pushed the ball past Argentina’s defense.

Goalkeeper Meaghan Shevlin came out of her net and managed to clear the ball, but it hit one of her defenders. Italy’s Annie Reinhardt took advantage of the loose ball and netted the go-ahead goal, giving Italy its third Cup title. Italy was coached by Guy Maranga. Argentina grabbed its title with a thrilling running in the boys second to third division. England and Argentina knocked off the top two seeds (Germany and Netherlands) to forge an all-underdog final. The champs, coached by Jennifer Collins, edged the Brits 2-1.

England triumphed in the Girls 4-5 division, denying Italy its fourth title 2-1. Donna Kennedy and Theresa Flanigan coached England. In another onegoal title game, coach Lauren Urban’s girls from

Brazil nipped England 1-0. Finally, the spring season ended for the first graders with the boys defeating the girls, 4-0.

Brandon Fox crashed the net to score goal one and the second goal. Aidan Harkins struck the third goal of the half. Second half goalie Brooke Leahy

closed shop with seven crunching saves until Michael Coletta drove in a cross-posts roller for the final goal.

HEADERS: For more information on the Peninsula Cup season, go to the website at http:// mysite.ver izon.net/pencup2010. The Annual Peninsula Cup barbeque and awards ceremony will be held in Fort Tilden on Sunday, May 23 from noon to 5:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held prior to the barbeque.

The annual eighth grade game will be played at 1:00 p.m.

The coaches’ game will be played at 2:00. The suggested donation is $15 per family.

Bring your own beach chairs and beverages ... As always, a special thanks goes out from all parents and players to Bill Dunn, Robin Hoffman, Anthony Di- Carlo, Dan Klein and Christina Tammaro for all of their efforts behind the scenes that make Peninsula Cup a success year after year.

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