Second Half Surge Propels SFDS Fifth, Sixth Grade Girls To Finals
The Fifth Grade Girls assured their place in the championship game with a resounding victory against Hope C. Elizabeth Clarke found the back of the net first with a nice shot from the right wing. Sinead Gallager made key saves, in particular deflecting a high arcing shot which looked like a sure Hope goal. Hope was able to sneak one past with minutes to go, tying the game 1-1.
SFDS dominated the second half with aggressive play. Katie Marquardt converted a beautiful crossing shot in a one on one with the Hope goalie. Kelly Ward made a decisive shot on a breakaway with teammates Maddie McDade and Caroline Kelly going stride for stride to the Hope goal. Jessica Buckley, Makayla Beehler, Jessica Morelli and Claire Hughes all made the deep throws and big kicks necessary to thwart attacks and spark the offense. The 3-1 victory gives the girls the chance to defend their title.
The Sixth Grade Girls solidified their spot in the championship game with five goals after intermission en route to a 7-2 victory over St. Mel’s. The first half was a back-and-forth game with each team scoring twice. Both goals in the first half were by Maria Di Carlo, one assisted by Kaitlin Neiswenter and the other a solo goal after stealing the clearing attempt on a goal kick. The second half was a different story. With only 37 seconds in, Molly Breslin received a pass from Devin Gavigan and blasted the ball past the goalie breaking the tie.
About 30 seconds later, Breslin received another solid pass from Emma Meade and netted her second goal of the game making the score 4-2. Just one minute later, Meade had the ball placed on her foot by Lauren Marten, who then made a move on the Mel’s defense and slid the ball past the goalie making it 5-2.
Breslin scored her third goal of the game giving her the “hat trick” after Mollie Kuhlmann pushed the ball to the middle of the box onto the foot of Breslin who placed the ball over the head of the St. Mel’s goalie. The final goal of the game came with 5 minutes left when Carli Bopp placed the ball down the right wing to Courtney Mc- Cool who found Marten breaking for the goal. Marten took the ball in stride, moved past two defenders, took the shot and placed it to the far right of the goalie finalizing the season.
SFDS will be playing the defending Champions, Blessed Trinity, in the championship game. Best of luck to both teams.
The Sixth Grade Boys didn’t wait for the second half; they grabbed control of their quarterfinal right away. Jonathan Machado started it off with a corner kick to find James Carlton inside the box who headed the ball in to the right hand corner. Teddy Stathis followed the lead with a break on the right side to meet Kyle Hoffman who blasted the ball into the net. Machado added two goals and Christian Lanzetta, who scored his first goal of the season, closed it. Brian Fiemer had the boys working hard to find the net. He gave a great performance.
The defense played superb lead by sweeper Joey Morelli, and stopper Mario Cimino.
Danny Lynch, Jack Watt, James Munson, and Lanzetta used their aggressive play and communication to keep the ball out of the net. Magic Gloves Savino had his magic on that night not allowing the ball to cross the goal line. John Keelher, Noah Rogers, Stathis and Dylan Carey showed their soccer skills as if they had played for years. Matthew Coletta and Luca Bartoli make a great combo on the left side with several assists to the goals. Games are not won by one person but as a team and the boys showed it out on the field. Sales won 5-0 against Blessed Trinity.
The Third Grade Girls (Team #2) had the most exciting game of the opening round, edging Blessed Trinity 2-1 in sudden death. It was a spectacular game. In the first half, SFDS defensive players Kaysea Jenkusky and Carianne Sconzo were strong sending the ball down the field. They had help holding off Blessed Trinity with help from midfielders Sofia Edri, Julianna Moule, Kristen Green, MaryKate Clark, Victoria Catalano, Katie Hogg, Annie Burns, Analise O’Leary and Nina Melchiorri.
Forwards Grace Lanzetta and Caitlin Mullin made numerous attempts to score, but it was Kate McNamara who assisted Catherine Lunny for the game’s first goal.
In the second half, Blessed Trinity came back strong and tied the game. The game ended 1-1, which led to overtime and a sudden death shoot out. Jenkusky and Catherine Lunny scored on Blessed Trinity’s goalie. Blessed Trinity matched SFDS goal for goal until Nikki Cimino walked over confidently, set herself up, and scored the final goal. Trinity had a chance to tie, but Mollie Aberthery made the game winning save.
St. Francis’ Third Grade Girls (Team #1) also advanced to the finals, sweeping past Our Lady of Hope 3-0. It will be the battle of the Midget titans in this weekend’s championship game.
The defending champion Fourth Grade Girls advanced to the finals by virtue of a 5-0 win over St. Anastasia. Meanwhile the Eight Grade Girls qualified for their final Final Four with a 2-0 shutout of St. Gregory’s.
On the boys’ side, our third graders fell to Hope while the SFDS2 outslugged their brothers SFDS1 by a score of 4-0 to advance to the Fourth Grade Boys’ final. Our undefeated Eighth Grade Boys advanced by default to the semi-finals.
In non-playoff action, the Second Grade Girls (Team 2) wrestled west end sister Blessed Trinity to a scoreless draw this chill Halloween Eve. BT’s Grace Butler and Olivia Lind quickly launched scary sideline starts, forcing ‘chase and clear’ scrambles by defenders Heather O’Neill, Jillian Schneider, and Lauren Kelly. Last-liners of defense Emily Redpath and Lauren Mitterway bruised back deep strikes.
Steadfast goalies Corrine Connelly and Nicole Moran crunched three saves each in the season closer. Thumbs up goes to coaches Jim “Pacman” Kelly and Jim “Shark Tank” Price and a healthy ‘pinky up’ to teammate Julia Neckahuptysiowska.
Headers: St. Francis de Sales entered 16 teams in the 12 playoff-eligible divisions and posted six teams in first place, three in second and three in third. Only teams in the third through eight graders compete in the post season. In a stunner, neither of the talented seventh grade girls teams qualified for the finals. St. Francis is confident the girls will bounce back for their senior seasons.