SFDS Boys Bring Home Gold And Silver In CYO Soccer
The eighth grade boys’ perfect 10-0 regular season earned them a default in the first round of the playoffs; game two was a different story. They had to play Our Lady of Grace in the semifinals. The first half was a 0-0 tie. The boys regrouped and knew what had to be done to move the game in their favor.
The defense did not allow the ball to enter inside the 18 in the second half. The defense was played unbelievably well. Max Frankel, Mike Tammaro, Kevin McDonagh and Connor Ryan defined the word WALL. Ryan Hoffman, Bard Featherston, Luke Gersh and Tommy Lynch kept the ball flowing towards their forwards.
The middies were aggressive and beat OLG to the ball so the front line could get more opportunities to score. John Frost stepped up and had a great game at wing. Chris Ray, Anthony Scotto, Joseph Brown, Jimmy Howard and Garrett Murnan worked the ball well with quick cuts and dribbling. Featherston scored the first goal, only to be taken away by a referee’s whistle.
Sales became more determined to not let this happen to them again. Boys struck back with several attempts but came up short. The game now had to go into overtime. Sales came out strong. Frost gave a lead pass to Murnan who blasted a shot outside the 18 to hit the top right corner of the net. Minutes later Murnan came up again with a follow-up shot taken by Featherston to kick the ball past the goalie. Sales led 2-0 with one minute left. Ref’s whistle again hurt Sales with a penalty shot called.
Sales shined at the end with a 2-1 win to advance them to the Championship game.
The Championship game was played Sunday against St. Andrews. SFDS had a lot of support on the sidelines. The players, coaches and parents were ready and fired up. Sales started it with a rally cheer better than the NY Giants. They were pumped and ready to play.
Ray led the team this season with goals and showed why by hitting the net first. Hoffman, with his famous step over, made the move and spotted Gersh at the side of the 18 and gave a power kick to give Sales a 2-0 lead. Featherston contributed two goals with his strong left foot.
The defense once again played tremendously well, led by the big “D” Max Frankel, Tammaro (who had a count of 8 head balls in the game), Ryan, Mc- Donagh, Matt Prasenski, and Brendan Gallagher.
Hoffman, Gersh, Michael Newman, Featherston and Lynch took the midfield with their hustle and quick moves. Ray promised to set up Connor Ryan for his first goal. Ryan’s wish came true with an outside pass from Chris in which Connor blasted in the left hand corner of the net to give Sales its final goal.
Brown, Tom Baldrian, Frost, Scotto, Ray and John Stewart were the team’s front line that never gave St. Andrews’ goalie a rest. Jim Howard was on the side with an injury and gave his team support. Team goalie Ameruso stood up and took leadership in net. Sales rose to victory by a score of 5-1. Boys played as a team and showed it on the field. The coaches and parents are very proud of the diocesan champions. On Saturday, November 20 at Fort Tilden from 9:30- 11:00 a.m., there will be a Friendship Soccer Tournament for all the eighthgrade soccer teams who played this fall in CYO. The public is encouraged to come down and cheer the boys and girls for their last game for CYO.
The sixth grade boys also met Our Lady of Grace in the Diocesan semifinals and the South Division Championship game.
The whole squad was at the game and ready to play. The boys played smart and worked as a team. James Carlton started Sales off with the first goal. Teddy Stathis drove the ball down the side to spot Carlton at center, who finished the play up by placing in the right corner of the net. Mario Cimino broke up a play and dished the ball to Kyle Hoffman who broke through the defense to score the third goal.
The last goal was played out by Hoffman and Machado like something written up in a play book. Hoffman took a corner and gave a pass to Machado who blasted the ball into the left hand corner of the net. The defense played aggressively, not allowing OLG to cross midfield in the second half. Joey Morelli, Jack Watt, Dylan Carey, Danny Lynch, Sebastian Tobar, Christian Lanzetta and Cimino took control of the back.
Kyle Hoffman, Stathis, Matt Coletta, Ben Edwards, James McManus and Noah Rogers had taken over the midfield. Bartoli and Coletta had a great game moving the ball on the left side of the field. John Keeler, Carlton, Jonathon Machado, Luca Bartoli and James Munson worked the ball well with quick and accurate passes. Let’s not forget Magic Gloves Savino who kept the game scoreless. Magic was in the air and they worked hard as a team to become the divisional champions.
Sales had to play one more game, the Diocesan Championship against St. Mel’s. Sales scored first on a pass from Hoffman to Machado. The ref called a foul with 10 minutes left in the game to give Mel’s a chance to tie it up. The game went into a shootout and Sales came up short.
The boys showed sportsmanship and gave a lesson to the coaches and parents on what the real meaning of team work is and how the game of soccer is played.