Three Great Soccer Games For St. Francis’ Third Graders
Friday’s game against our neighbors from St. Camillus/St. Virgilius ended in a well-played 0-0 tie.
The next day against Our Lady of Hope, St. Francis won 2-0. Defensive players Nikki Cim-ino, Kaysea Jenkusky and Marykate Clark kept Hope’s offense from getting close to goalie Molly Abernethy.
The determination of midfield players Julianna Moule, Katie Hogg, Analiese O’Leary, Nina Melchiorri and Annie Burns was incredible to watch. In the second half Kate McNamara scored the first goal with assists from Catherine Lunny and Grace Lanzetta. Then Caitlin Mullin proceeded to take control of the ball and score again securing a great win.
Sunday brought a blue-gold affair with SFDS #2 matching up against their mates SFDS #1. Team #2 prevailed 1-0. Both teams played an outstanding game. Goalies Melchiorri and Abernethy held off attempted goals with help from defensive players Carianne Sconzo, Kaysea Jenkusky and Nikki Cimino. Strong kicks and covering each other made it hard for SFDS #1 to score.
Forwards Lunny, Lanzetta and Mullin made attempts to score with help from midfielder teammates. They were held off until the second half of the game when Lanzetta took possession of the ball midfield, controlled the run and took the shot, scoring the winning goal of the game.
The Sixth Grade Boys played under lights at Breezy and what a game to watch. SFDS was down 2-0 in the first half. Sales knew that they had to step up their game. The leadership of Kyle Hoffman, Mario Cimino, Jonathon Machado and Joe Morelli working the center of the field got Sales back in their mode. Teddy Stathis found Luca Bartoli who gave a lead pass to Hoffman who was able to find the back of the net.
A few minutes later Dylan Carey caught Matt Coletta on the wing to score the tying goal. Danny Lynch, who played a strong defensive game along with Jack Watt, kept the pressure on the midfielders. James Carlton was welcomed back and looked strong on the wing along with John Keehler. It was a hard played game by both teams. Machado broke the tie in the last eight minutes to find the left corner of the net. Dominic Savino had a great game on goal as did Blessed Trinity’s Brian Fiemer. St. Francis won 3-2.
The Sixth Grade Girls also started the weekend with a tough game, traveling to St. Mel’s on an unusually hot day with a squad of just 11 girls. They pulled out a hard fought 0-0 draw. With no subs due to a schedule conflict, the visitors from SFDS were led in goal by Ava Evangelista with two stellar saves in the second half, including a thank you from the goal post off a St. Mel free kick late in the game. Courtney Mc- Cool was hustling all over on both halves of the field.
On offense Megan Twomey, Kaitlin Neiswenter and Emma Meade each had scoring chances late but could not finish. Defensively Mollie Kuhlmann, Jessica Rivera, Victoria Stagnitta, Ciara Smith, Lauren Moule and Kate Calciano survived the heat and kept St. Mel’s off the board. A great tie for both teams.
The Bantam girls continued their journey back to the top with another strong game on Sunday, a 5-0 win over St Gregory’s. The girls played heads-up ball all game after a solid performance by half the team on Saturday. Goals in this game were by Maria Di Carlo, Molly Breslin, Carli Bopp, Devin Gavigan and Nicole Gibson.
Each goal came from an amazing setup by Gibson, Di Carlo, Gavigan, Kelly Santiago and Bopp. For the second straight game, Kaitlin Neiswenter, Mollie Kuhlmann, Emma Meade, and Megan Twomey came close to scoring. The tremendous midfield of Lauren Moule, Taylor Tsatsis, Gwy McGee and Alex Weigert stopped every chance St. Greg’s had.
The defense had a slow day as did goalie Rose Fay, only having to make one save. Ava Evangelist took the helm of goalie for a brief period and she was only tested with two shots and two saves. It was another great game for the girls from Rockaway.
The Eighth Grade Boys played OLBS and won 4-0. It was a very aggressive game but it did not stop Sales. Ryan Hoffman took the corner to find Tom Baldrian at the side post to follow it with a shot in the right hand corner to give sales their first goal. John Frost had a great game on the right wing along with Joe Brown on the left side. Max Frankel had the first touch on the indirect kick and fed it off to Hoffman who blasted the ball in the top right corner.
Kevin McDonagh, Bard Featherston along with Mike Newman kept the drive and pressure on the goalie throughout the game. Hoffman was pushed from the back inside the 18 on a breakaway and was awarded a penalty shot, which he made sure found the net. Connor Ryan to Luke Gersh, who played a strong right half, gave a through pass to Anthony Scotto to break through the defense to finalize the game. Augie Ameruso displayed his leadership with a goal in the first half and then contributed his ball skills at defense the second half. Joe Brown stepped in and took control of the net.
Finally, St. Francis’ First Grade Girls squared off with team #1 knocking off their classmates 4-1. The girls from SFDS 1 started strongly with goals by Paige O’Neill and Maggie McIvor, which gave them a 2-0 lead going into halftime.
The team was very strong in the first half, backed by excellent goaltending by Kailey Aiken and solid offensive and defensive efforts by Maisie Courtney, Annie McManus and Alexa Giambra. Rachel Reder took over goaltending duties in the second half and made several tough saves, in addition to her great all- around play in the first half.
SFDS 2 cut the lead to 2-1 early in the second half, but SFDS 1 received late goals by Sammie Ostrander and Claudia Kelly, which paved the way to their 4-1 victory.