SFDS Gets CYO Soccer Season Off To Strong Start
The Eighth Grade Boys showed the real meaning of teamwork in the opening game of their final season against Our Lady of Grace. Chris Ray (two goals) started it off with the first goal of the game. Ryan Hoffman, Mike Tammaro and Max Frankel kept a solid middle for St. Francis. Garrett Murnan had a powerful throw to the 18 to find Jimmy Howard, who then headed the ball into the goal. John Frost topped it off with a hard driven shot to goal that found its way into the net. Luke Gersh, Bard Featherston, and Kevin McDonagh worked well at midfield. Connor Ryan and Tom Lynch played a tough defense. Mike Newman worked his speed at wing. Goalie Augie Ameruso played a game just like Tim Howard. His hands worked magic.
On the other end of the career spectrum, the season opener for the First Grade Girls #2 couldn’t be more exciting against cross-town rival Blessed Trinity under the Roxbury lights on Friday night, yielding a 2-2 tie. Viviana Moore and Fiona Mullen applied strong, consistent offensive pressure throughout the game, while Katrina Roman and Johanna Schilling excelled in keeping the ball away from the net.
Congratulations go to Emily Harkins, who scored the team’s first goal of the season during the first half, and to Shannon Tuffey who scored the second goal during second half. Noreen George and Sarah Doda each did a fantastic job in goal for St. Francis.
The excitement continued on Saturday for Grade Girls #2 against First Grade Girls Team #1. The nail biter resulted in another 2-2 tie. Moore’s agile moves produced the team’s first goal and Emily Harkins scored the second goal. Lucy O’Brien and Keira Rodkin pushed the ball up field, while Caroline and Charlotte Spaeth played great defense throughout. Star goalie George had many terrific saves resulting in the tie.
On the other side of the pitch, Claudia Kelly came out in the first half of the game to put SFDS #1 on the board. The score remained 1-0 going into the half with Rachel Reder making several great saves at the goal. After SFDS #2 tallied its two goals, SFDS #1 rallied to tie. On a clear breakaway Samantha Ostrander dribbled the ball straight down the field and made a spectacular pass to Claudia who was right by the goal to put in her second goal of the game. Molly Green, Annie McManus and Alexa Giambra did a great job on defense while Maggie McIvor, Maisie Courtney and Isabella Edri did a terrific job running offense.
The next day SFDS #1 notched its first win, 5-1 against Hope under rainy skies and muddy field conditions. St. Francis played an unbelievable game. Kailey Aiken scored two terrific goals. One goal came on a breakaway, the other came on a nice pass from Isabella Kedri and Aiken’s kick sailed right past Hope’s goalie. McIvor had her first goal of the season with an assist by Green and Ostrander. The strong offensive play by the girls helped keep the ball in Hope territory almost the entire game. Kelly added two more goals to make the final score 5-1. Maisie Courtney and Paige O’Neill both did an excellent job in goal with several great saves during both halves of the game.
The Second Grade Girls Teams 1 and 2 played each other to a 1-1 tie to open up the fall season. Both goals were scored in the first half. SFDS #1’s Shaunie Smith loped a long shot through 3 tiers of yellow jerseys for the early lead. SFDS #2’s Maevre Murnan answered with a corner kick that curved through a wall of four netminding blue-shirts. Defense set in for the second half. SFDS 1 goalie Kelly Erhard pancaked several strikes by Captain Mairead Buckley and Julia Neckahuptysiowska and denied a pair of penalty kicks, the last by Cloe Murphy. Steady D by SFDS2’s Lauren Dean and Lauren Kelly tripped up sudden scoring threats by speedsters Kaylie Walsh, Caroline Gifford, Brooke Leahy and Katie Martin.
The Second Grade Boys Team #1 played hard this weekend with backto back games on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s game resulted in a tough 1-0 loss to Hope. Despite the defeat, strong defensive play throughout kept the game close and exciting. Superstars TJ Mahoney, Ryan Murphy and Jack Evangelista protected the goal and kept Hope in check throughout the game. Mike Coletta, Shane Howard, Nico Allen and Storm McDon-ald- Smith made some great offensive plays, and Keiran Howard excelled as goalie in the second half.
On Sunday, the weather didn’t stop St. Francis from pouring their hearts and souls into the game. Through a steady rain, the boys held St. Andrews to a 0-0 tie with plenty of action on both ends of the field. Gerard McManus, Matt Schmitt, Michael Tuffey and Danny Cornish each applied significant offensive pressure on St. Andrews. Matt Edwards and John Mc- Morrow both played exceptionally well midfield. Jack Tansey and Johnny Taylor did an outstanding job keeping the ball away from the goal, and Sean Peter Mullen made many exceptional saves resulting in the tie.
The Sixth Grade Boys had two games last weekend. The first was against St. Patrick’s who showed up with only four players. St. Francis took that opportunity to scrimmage and work on new positioning and plays for the team. It seemed that the scrimmage turned out to a positive note for sales for their upcoming game against Hope.
SFDS topped off Hope with a 5-0 win. Sales welcomed their new assistant coach, Taylor Stathis, and players Teddy Stathis, Noah Rogers and John Keelher. Kyle Hoffman had the hat trick (3 goals), Matt Coletta one goal, along with Mario Cimino who closed it with the final goal. Joe Morelli, the king of the defense, played a strong game along with Danny Lynch, Sebastian Tobar, James McManus and Roland Wertz. Kyle Hoffman, Mario Cimino and Luca Bartoli took a strong hold of the center of the field.
Teddy Stathis, Matthew Coletta and Noah Rogers worked their speed and the outside with fine ease. James Munson, Jack Watt, Ryan Dougherty and Christian Lanzetta worked hard on the front keeping Hope’s goalie busy throughout the game. Team goalie Ben Edwards had the magic back in his hands. SFDS is hoping their energizer, James Carlton, will be back on the field next week.