Big Winning Week For St. Francis Soccer Bantams
The Sixth Grade Girls kept their run alive with a tough victory over Our Lady of Hope with a score of 3-2. The game started off slowly, but when Mollie Kuhlmann took control in midfield, she passed the ball to Kaitlin Neiswenter who made a move on the Hope defense and placed the ball on the foot of Emma Meade, who stung the back of the net with a blast opening the game 1-0.
The next two goals were scored by Maria Di Carlo and Devin Gavigan, assisted by Lauren Marten and Nicole Gibson. The midfield and defense hung strong despite allowing 2 goals to get past goalie Rose Fay. A strong game was played by forwards Kelly Santiago and Megan Twomey with the support of midfielders Kate Calciano, Gwyn McGee and Alex Weigert. The defense was held together by Courtney McCool, Bridget Breslin and Ave Evangelista. The team is gearing up for a tough game this weekend against St. Mel’s.
The Sixth Grade Boys doubled the pleasure by bookending the weekend with wins. They started at 7:30 a.m. Saturday in Mafera Park against St. Margaret’s. The morning hours agreed with the team to a 7-1 win. Kyle Hoffman and Jonathan Machado had the hot foot at the corners.
Three goals were scored from corner kicks. Machado, Hoffman and Matt Coletta had two goals each. Luca Bartoli scored with a through pass from Teddy Stathis. Mario Ciminio played stopper while Joe Morelli at sweeper and what a combo it makes on the field. James Munson, Noah Rogers, Dominic Savino and new addition Dylan Carey kept the pressure on the goalie. Danny Lynch, Jack Watt and Roland Wertz had the defense under control. ‘Magic Hands’ Savino played goal first half and Ben Edwards to their gloves the second half.
Sunday the boy bantams had the late shift at 5:00 p.m. against Hope. The game was 0-0 at half time. The boys had a lot of opportunities but could not find the back of the net. Finally, Luca Bartoli saw an opening and fed the ball to Noah Rogers who spotted Matt Coletta at the side lines. Matt drove the ball right to the net to give Sales the lead.
Stathis had his best game yet, leading the left side of the field with his aggressive plays and speed. Morelli, Watt and Sebastian Tobar worked hard throughout the game keeping Hope down field. Ben Edwards received advice from Ryan Hoffman before Hope’s penalty shot and it paid off. Ben made an unbelievable save jumping up to the right corner of their net to push the ball out.
Jonathan Machado broke it open with a blast out side the 18 to give Sales the closure. Sales came out victorious with a 2-0 win. Next week Sales welcomes back James Carlton to the squad.
Defense ruled the day on Saturday when Second Grade Boys Team #1 etched out SFDS Team #2. TJ Mahoney, Jack Tansey and Johnny Taylor did a superb job keeping the ball away from the net throughout the game. Michael Tuffey’s breakaway during the second half resulted in the game’s only goal. Johnny McMorrow, Matt Edwards and Storm McDonald- Smith had some great offensive plays to keep the pressure on. Kieran Howard did an outstanding job in goal to earn the shut out.
The excitement continued on Sunday with a 1-1 tie against Hope. The team looked like a bunch of pros, passing the ball and communicating with one another. Midfielder Ryan Murphy had some terrific passes to forward Danny Cornish. Matty Schmitt, Michael Coletta and Nico Allen each had some great plays pushing the ball up field and taking some nice shots on goal.
In the last five minutes of the game, Shane Howard had a beautiful chip shot to tie the score. Goalie Sean Peter Mullen had 11 saves throughout the game, and the team benefited from its very own ring of steel with a defensive line comprised of TJ Mahoney, Yusef El-Sayed, Jack Evangelista and Gerard Mc Manus.
The First Grade Girls #2 created their own ‘macro-burst’ in Middle Village on Saturday morning against Hope #2 with a 3-1 win. SFDS bested Hope with outstanding offensive play throughout the game. Fiona Mullen led the charge with the first goal within the first 5 minutes of the game. Viviana Moore and Noreen George also contributed with a goal each in the second half. Joanna Schilling and Shannon Tuffey each did a great job applying offensive pressure, and Charlotte Spaeth made her debut in goal and had a number of terrific saves.
Seeking safer pastures in Rockaway, the team continued its winning streak on Sunday against Hope#1. In a repeat of Saturday’s performance, Mullen and Moore each scored one goal, resulting in a 2-0 win. Keira Rodkin made her debut in goal during the first half, helping contribute to Hope’s blanking. Goalkeeper Noreen George had a number of tremendous saves in the second half, keeping Hope at bay. Lucy O’Brien, Caroline Spaeth and Katrina Roman flawlessly protected their net, while Sarah Doda and Emily Harkins played great offense to keep the pressure on throughout the game.
The First Grade Girls #1 lost a tough battle to Blessed Trinity 5-2. Trinity took a 3-0 lead into halftime but the St. Francis girls never gave up. The offense came alive in the second half led by Claudia Kelly who scored both goals. The second goal was assisted by Paige O’Neill after a strong kick in immediately following a Trinity goal. Other players who starred on offense included Sammie Ostrander, Kailey Aiken and Molly Green.
The defense was bolstered by the goaltenders, Maisie Courtney and Abbey Tubridy, who both made some great saves. They were supported by the defense and midfielders, including Isabella Edri, Maggie McIvor, CeCe Agoglia and Alexa Giambra, who all played excellent all-around games. On Sunday, St. Francis fell to Hope, 3-2, despite controlling much of the action.
SFDS got off to a strong start with Claudia Kelly scoring the first goal of the game in the first half. Hope answered with a goal prior to the half and it was 1-1 heading into the second half. St. Francis again took the lead on a goal by Rachel Reder who was assisted by Paige O’Neill who set the goal up with a strong run. Reder also played very well in goal in the first half before being replaced in goal by Maisie Courtney who also made several saves. Abbey Tubridy, Kailey Aiken, Molly Green, Isabella Edri and CeCe Agoglia all played excellent games on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
In a complete showing of skill and relentless desire, the Third Grade Girls #1 team defeated the always dangerous Our Lady of Hope team 7-0. Led by the goal scoring of Sydney Urban, Maggie Murphy and Katie Hughes along with the shutout goaltending of Hannah Skammel, the St. Francis de Sales girls got off to an explosive start and never looked back taking a 5-0 halftime lead.
As they spent most of the game controlling the ball the defense, led by Beth Dunn, Molly Murtagh and Bridget Rose, never let the Hope girls get any real sustained control of the ball in the St. Francis end of the field while the playmaking of Noelle Carey, Jillian McCabe and Lauren Koenig kept the pressure on the Hope goal all game.
Shannon Neiswenter came close to scoring but was thwarted multiple times by the Hope goaltender. Kathleen Walker and Katie Roventini also had several chances as the St. Francis girls stormed the net all game long. With the excellent midfield effort of Kate Gillen, Margaret Murray and Kate Savastano everyone on the team contributed to this hard earned victory.
The Eighth Grade Boys had two games this week starting off against St. Patrick’s. Luke Gersh and Chris Ray led the team, each with two goals. Jimmy Howard finished it off with the final goal to make the score 5-0. Ryan Hoffman, Kevin McDonagh and Anthony Scotto worked well at controlling midfield to assist with the goals. The defense was led by goalie Augie Ameruso. Mike Tammaro, Connor Ryan and Joe Brown kept the defense strong throughout the game.
Brendan Gallagher, John Stewart, and Tom Baldrian stepped up their game to a new level. Matt Prasenski took full control of the net in the second half. The boys played St. Andrew’s the following day with the same score and victory of 5-0. The team congratulated Tom for helping out coaching the game.
The Seventh Grade Boys team took the pitch this week in search of a first win and obtained a 4-0 victory over St. Nicholas. Ryan Williams, Matt LaSorsa, Ethan Ruiz, and Alex Goldberg all found the back of the net. La- Sorsa and Ruiz also had assists to top their day off along with playmaker John Boyle.
Dillon Beehler held the opposition scoreless in goal with help from fullbacks James McElhatton, Kyle Connoly, and stopper Will Dadario.