Fifth Grade Girls Post Pair Of Tough Wins For SFDS Soccer
The Fifth Grade Girls faced St. Luke for the second week in a row. Scoring began quickly and efficiently when Ashley Kelly fed Katie Marquardt a beautifully placed pass right in front of the net which Marquardt quickly put away. Luke retaliated, squeaking one past Hannah Nicholson in goal.
SFDS continued their aggressive play with Alice Murphy digging in to take the shot. This time it was Elizabeth Clark who followed the deflection putting it right back in and giving St. Francis the lead 2-1. Katie Barret then wriggled one right past the Luke goalie and goalpost. In the second half, Lindsay DeBoer added to the count, off a terrific pass from Rebecca Boland. Marquardt found the back of the net yet again after exhibiting some fine dribbling skills to get past the Luke defense. Jessica Buckley and Claire Hughes paced the defense with major kicks and throw-ins when it counted. Shannon Dziuk in goal held Luke scoreless in the second half.
On Sunday, SFDS faced Blessed Trinity in a tight game. Sinead Gallagher was inspiring in goal making save after save. Jessica Morrelli shone on defense. In the second half, SFDS offense kicked in with Breanne McDonnell making a key pass in the box to Lindsay DeBoer who knocked it in to get SFDS on the board 1-0.
Aggressive play continued on both sides with Maddie McDade, Katie Marquardt and Kelly Ward performing the give and go time and again to get the ball in front of the net. Finally, Maddie McDade was able to connect on a beautiful breakaway giving SFDS the lead, and win 2-0.
The Eighth Grade Boys started the weekend off with a 5-1 win over Queen of Martyrs. Chris Ray led the team with a hat trick. Jimmy Howard and Kevin McDonaugh contributed two of the goals with assists. Bard Featherston had his best game of the season at left half also finding the back of the net. John Frost found Anthony Scotto inside the 18. He finished the play by
scoring the fifth goal. The Defense was led by Mike Tammaro along with Connor Ryan, Max Frankel and Kevin Mc- Donaugh. Ryan Hoffman took charge of the midfield along with Luke Gersh, Garrett Murnan and Tom Lynch. The
midfielders showed control and gave sharp passes that contributed to several goals. John Stewart and Mike Newman showed a lot of hustle through-out the game.
The next day Sales took on Gregory. Luke Gersh scored the first 2 in the first 6 minutes of the game assisted in both by Chris Ray. Ray continued the momentum and scored the third goal. SFDS was up by three and a penalty shot was called in favor of de Sales. A promise was made to the defense: If St. Francis was up, a defender could take the shot.
Mike Tammaro stood up to the challenge and found the back of the net. Anthony Scotto, Kevin McDonaugh and Bard Featherston each contributed a goal in the second half. Matt Pransenski took control of the net in the second half to give Augie Ameruso a chance to play on the field. Ameruso made his presence known by scoring the final goal. Brendan Gallagher looked sharp in the backfield along with Connor Ryan. Sales won 8-1.
The Third Grade Girls #2 team versed St. Margaret on Saturday taking home a 6-0 win. In the first, defensive player Kaysea Jenkusky passed off to Grace Lanzetta who assisted to Catherine Lunny scoring the first goal. In the second half, St. Margaret came back trying to score on goalie Nina Melchiorri, who showed no fear and stopped the only attempt made.
The de Sales girls were unstoppable. Forward Caitlin Mullin scored, along with two more goals from Catherine Lunny. The detemination of midfielders Nikki Cimino, Katie Hogg, Annie Burns and Kate McNamara was intense. Midfielder Analise O’Leary was able to get control of the ball and had her first goal of the season along with Molly Abernethy who wouldn’t let up until she scored her first goal. All the players worked together to have an incredible game.
SFDS2 played St. Anastasia on Sunday with the same determination, winning, 3-1. Passing from defensive player Jenkusky to Lanzetta assisted Caitlin Mullen in scoring the first goal. Mullen proceeded to score again in the second half. Anastasia broke through the defensive wall and was able to score the first goal of the season on SFDS2. However, midfielders Sofia Edri, MaryKate Clark, Julianna Moule, along with defensive players Carianne Sconzo, Nikki Cimnino and Victoria Catalano, never let up. With not much time left Grace Lanzetta’s coordination and control of the ball helped assist Catherine Lunny to score the last goal of the game. Great team work.
October opened with a pair of losses for the Second Grade Girls #2. On Saturday, league-leading St. Luke’s crafted 6 unanswered goals, 5 in the first half. On Sunday, Hope rumbled out a 2-1 win with an edgy attack. Defenders Jillian Schneider and Julia Redpath rebuffed airborne ricochets and off-sides rovers.
Goalie Kiera Price saved a perfect 3 of 3 shots toppling point-blank strikers. Midfielders Emily Redpath and Kathleen Schmitt threaded hokeypokey kickfests to start Tidal Wave drives. Goalie Lauren Mitterway played all fronts of the net, standing fast at the post on 1 of her 3 saves. Determined Lauren Dean scored on a breakaway late in the game to deny the shut out. SFDS2 is 1-2-3 through six games.
The Sixth Grade Boys knew at kickoff that the game was going to be a tough one. Sales had their game face on. James Carlton spotted Jonathon Machado at the left side of the 18. He blasted the ball in the bottom left corner. Machado added two more goals from a hat trick. Kyle Hoffman (1 goal) led the middies with his leadership and talking on the field.
Teddy Stathis and Matt Coletta made sure that outside of midfield was controlled. Luca Bartoli had the moves along with James Munson and John Keeler in the front line. Mario Cimino took charge as stopper holding off Our Lady of Grace’s star player. Joey Morelli was a brick not allowing anyone by him. Christian Lanzetta also has his game on containing Grace from breaking the 18.
Danny Lynch, Roland Wertz, Sebastian and Jack Watt made the defense even stronger. Ben Edwards, Dylan Carey, Ryan Dougerty, James McManus and Noah Rogers worked the ball to contribute to several key plays in the game. Finally, Magic Hands Savino had his game on, stopping direct kicks inside the 18, playing the angles and taking full control of the net. St. Francis won 4-0.
With another solid performance, the
Sixth Grade Girls made it seem easy against St. Anastasia by winning 5-0. Goals in the game were by Nicole Gibson, Emma Meade, Devin Gavigan and Lauren Moule. The assists for the goals were by Kaitlin Neiswenter, Nicole Gibson, Ciara Smith, Molly Breslin and Lauren Marten. Scoring her first ever goal was Lauren Moule who kept pressure on St. A’s defense the entire game. She was relentless the entire game until she found the right shot which slid past the goalie and snuck inside the far post.
A very strong game was played by forwards Megan Twomey, Kelly Santiago and Mollie Kuhlmann. The midfield of Alex Weigert, Victoria Stagnitta, Kate Calciano and Emma Edri held St. A’s at bay, while the defense of Ciara Smith, Ava Evangelista, Courtney McCool, Bridget Breslin and Taylor Smith shut down St. A’s. Goalie Rose Fay had a couple of saves. Carli Bopp was placed on the 10-day DL after receiving 13 stitches to her knee. The team hopes for a speedy recovery.