2010-10-22 / Sports

St. Francis and Blessed Trinity Bring Out Best In Each Other

SFDS2 Maeave Murnan (right) closes in on SFDS1’s stellar goaltender Kelly Erhard. SFDS2 Maeave Murnan (right) closes in on SFDS1’s stellar goaltender Kelly Erhard. Another well-played match between Rockaway’s St. Francis de Sales and Blessed Trinity parishes highlighted the penultimate week of the CYO soccer regular season.

In the battle of the peninsula, St. Francis’ Sixth Grade Girls beat Blessed Trinity by a score of 3-2. The energy and excitement of this game brings out the best in both teams from start to finish. SFDS started the scoring after a foul was called on Blessed Trinity and an indirect free kick was awarded. Maria DiCarlo blasted the ball off a Blessed Trinity player and into the goal to open the game.

Blessed Trinity tied the game after a penalty kick was awarded for a hand ball inside the 18-yard box. Keely McEachem blasted the ball past the SFDS goalie, tying the game at 1-1. SFDS regained the lead on a set play from a corner kick. Di Carlo lifted the ball to the top of the six-yard box where Megan Twomey, in full stride, volleyed and blasted it home. St. Francis’ final and game-clinching goal was when Devin Gavigan made a solid pass to Nicole Gibson who moved past two Trinity players and then beat the goalie with a solid shot.

A determined Blessed Trinity pulled within 3-2; Erin Kennedy, Erin McDermott, Katie Sammon, and Isabella Grillo did everything they could but with time running out could not capitalize any further. SFDS is looking forward to meeting their friends in the playoffs.

A day earlier, the SFDS Bantam girls beat St. Andrews by a score of 5-2. Goals in this game were scored by Di Carlo, Gibson, Courtney McCool, Lauren Moule and Kelly Santiago. Each goal was started by the assists of Molly Breslin, Di Carlo, Emma Meade, Victoria Stagnitta and Emma Edri. Gavigan, Taylor Tsatsis and Kate Calciano again displayed strong performances on defense. Alex Weigert took the helm as goalie, stopping a total of 9 shots taken on her.

The Fifth Grade Girls had another soccer-filled weekend. Saturday the gale force winds made for a fast-paced game vs. OLBS.

The defense knew its job was to keep the ball at bay against the wind and Kerrianne Blum, Angelina Meringolo and Makayla Beehler did an awesome job. Once the second half began with the wind at their backs, the offense was able to control the ball. Kelly Ward, Maddie McDade and Katie Marquardt all found the back of the net to give SFDS the win 3-0. Carly McCann and Grace DeCresenzo paced the midfield.

On Sunday, the girls faced Hope 1. SFDS controlled the ball most of the game but could not connect. Jessica Morelli, Taylor Slakman and Ashley Kelly all made the big kicks on defense when it counted. Scoreless at the half, SFDS came out aggressively; Marquardt hit the back of the net after receiving a beautiful pass from Ward. Marquardt returned the favor within minutes, feeding the ball to Ward, who snuck it past the Hope goalie. Sinead Gallagher was awesome in goal all weekend, earning back-to-back shutouts.

A nail-biter of a game took place between the

Second Grade Boys Team #1 and Team #2 on Sunday. The score was tied through the last two minutes of the game, when SFDS1 pulled ahead with a direct penalty kick on goal. Michael Tuffey landed the shot which clinched the win. Offensive stars Danny Cornish, Shane Howard, Michael Coletta and Nico Allen each had some great plays.

John McMorrow, Ryan Murphy, Jack Tansey and Matt Edwards did a fantastic job in midfield. The strong defensive line comprised of Matty Schmitt, Jack Evangelista and Yusef El-Sayed kept the ball at bay throughout the game, while Kieran Howard and Sean Peter Mullen each had flawless performances as goalie.

In another match between sister teams (Second Grade Girls Teams #1 and #2), SFDS1 used a cold North wind and a crisp ground attack to pin SFDS2 in its defensive zone early en route to a 3-1 victory. Makayla Braskey grabbed the unwavering lead, outcharging goalie/cousin Corrine Connelly to score from the boxline. Megan Murray punctuated patient far-side posting by snapping a loose ball into the corner.

Then light-footed Kaylie Walsh skied a no-doubt shot high and center into the net. In the second half, gamers Fallon Brackley, Brooke Leahy, Kaitlyn Potter and Caroline Gifford battled out from their end of the southward tilted field limiting SFDS2’s edge to Maevre Murnan’s fourth score of the season.

On Sunday in visiting SFDS2’s 2-0 win over Hope, midfielder Cloe Murphy commanded the tidy field with soaring tosses and her second goal this fall. A determined and energetic Julia Neckahuptysiowska followed suit netting her first point. Teammates Nicole Moran and Siobhan Toomey deflected Hope drives from passing lanes to narrow sidelines. Defenders Heather O’Neill, Jillian Schneider, Lauren Kelly, and Julia and Emily Redpath ably limited shots goalies Mairead Buckley and Kiera Price needed to save to one. SFDS2 is 2-3-3.

Earlier, the Friday night lights brought great excitement to the game between the girls from SFDS1 and Blessed Trinity. Kaylie Walsh scored a game opener goal for SFDS1 against Trinity while Kelly Erhard made some great stops as goalie keeping it 1-0 for the first half.

In the second half, attackers Meagan Murray and Kaitlin Potter soared as the girls tried to keep it scoreless. Great effort by Brooke Leahy as goalie, but Emma McDonough from Trinity slipped one by to end it in a 1-1 tie.

After a break over the Columbus holiday weekend, the First Grade Girls (Team 2) came back strong with backto back games. On day 1, the team traveled to Our Lady of Hope for a nailbiter that ended in a 3-3 tie. Noreen George started things off with a breakaway goal in the first half, quickly matched by Hope. Minutes later, Hope took the lead with a goal off a corner kick. Vivianna Moore was matched that goal to end the first half 2-2.

Minutes into the second half, Moore scored again, giving St. Francis the lead. Aggressive defense by Sarah Doda, Johanna Schilling and Katrina Roman helped to protect goalies Keira Rodkin and Noreen George, but Hope came back once again with a goal late in the second half to end the game in a tie.

Day 2 was a match-up that St. Francis just could not lose. SFDS Team 2 vs. SFDS Team 1 ended in another tie. Emily Harkin’s was on her game as she led the team’s offense, scoring the only goal for Team 1. Shannon Tuffey, Lucy O’Brien and Caroline Spaeth worked tirelessly getting the ball down the field.

Goalie Noreen George, assisted by fullbacks Fiona Mullen and Charlotte Spaeth, shut out Team 1 from scoring in the first half. A goal, late in the second half by Team 1’s Claudia Kelly evened the score, 1-1.

SFDS1’s strong defensive play helped to support the excellent goaltending provided by Kailey Aiken and Isabella Edri.

The First Grade Girls (Team 1) also had two games. A day earlier, SFDS1 defeated Hope 4-0. The team played an excellent all around game and they were led by goals from Claudia Kelly, Paige O’Neill, Maggie McIvor and Annie McManus. They were also backed by strong goaltending from Kailey Aiken and Rachel Reder to preserve the shutout.

The Sixth Grade Boys played two games last weekend, a pair of 4-0 wins. Sales’ first game was against St. Patrick’s. Kyle Hoffman gave a lead pass to James Carlton, who was able to find the back on the net. The game was physical but Sales always came back with a goal. Hoffman spotted Luca Bartoli who blasted the ball into the right corner of the net. Hoffman had his turn and scored the third goal. John Keeler made contact with the back of the net for the final goal. The next day Sales took on St. Margaret’s. Jonathan Machado led the team with two goals followed by Kyle Hoffman and James Carlton with a goal each. Dominic Savino was able to step out of goal and Christian Lanzetta stepped up the challenge. Joey Morelli, Danny Lynch, Jack Watt, Dylan Carey and Sebastian kept the ball from entering the 18-yard box.

The Eighth Grade Boys started their weekend strong with an 8-1 win over St. Margaret’s. Max Frankel gave Sales their first goal in the first five minutes of play. Mike Newman, Jimmy Howard, and Joe Joe Brown each had a goal. Ryan Hoffman and Chris Ray contributed with two goals each. The boys’ second game of the weekend was under the lights at Breezy against Blessed Trinity. The end of the first half was 0-0.

Sales regrouped and came out strong with a through pass giving by Mike Tammaro to spot Chris Ray who scored the first goal. Connor Ryan, Joe Brown, Max Frankel and Mike Tammaro had a great game at defense. Connor had the right side in control with the help of halfback Tommy Lynch. Jimmy Howard, Kevin McDonagh and Garret Murnan worked well in the front line. Chris Ray scored the winning goalas St. Francis won 2-1.

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