Peninsula Cup Beach League Soccer Springs Forward
The quest for the 2011 Peninsula Cup began last week with opening games for boys and girls from grades 1 to 8 in the local CYO’s Beach League Soccer program. Sporting names of MLS club counterparts, kids and coaches turned their teams’ first meetings into fastpaced play.
The season is short. The teams are plenty. Standings and stand-outs are emerging. A fandom of family and friends is here to cheer, so clean off the cleats and check out some highlights below. Sixth to Eighth Grade Boys
The LA Galaxy started off its spring season against the Chicago Fire. The Fire came out strong and struck first with Jimmy Howard feeding a pass outside to Max Frankel that caught the left corner of the net. Stathis, Machado, and Goldberg along with Tacopina kept the pressure on LA’s goalie, Lanzetta.
The Fiemer boys teamed up for the first time on the soccer field – Brian guarding the goal and Patrick directing the field with his voice and skill. The Galaxy didn’t wait long to amp up their game. LA also deployed a tandem of newly teamed brothers. Tom and Dan Lynch took scope defensively, while Hoffmans Kyle and Ryan worked the net offensively.
Midfielders Luke Gersh and Ryan McNamee table-set for forwards Eric Potter, Matthew LaSorsa, Zack Willis, Dominic Savino, Joey Morelli and Jason Stabiner. With speed up front, LA kept the pressure on Chicago’s D. In turn, Jack Watt, Mike Belliterre, James Munson, Brendan Gallagher, John Stewart and Sean Meier held the Fire back with strong defense.
LA’s Austin Sullivan broke through midfield, poked a lead pass to Ryan Hoffman, who nailed the top left corner of the net, ending the tie. LA came out on top, 2-1. Fourth and Fifth Grade Girls
The Chicago Fire kicked off the season with a victory over the Red Bulls, 2- 0. The Fire moved the ball well in the first half with Amanda Ingenito putting the first score on the board with a nice kick from the top of the box in traffic.
Rhiannon Gormley and Maddie McDade kept the pressure on the offensive side of the field, feeding Carly McCann who was able to hit the back of the net from the right side. Elizabeth Nestor came up with the big plays on defense. Kerrianne Blum and Caroline Kelly each preserved the shutout in goal. Second and Third Grade Girls
Kate McNamara scored off a short drive begun with her own corner kick as the Columbus Crew defeated the Seattle Sounders, 1-0. Crew goalie Johannah Skammel saved 4 shots and lost a shoe staving off a scoring opportunity by Sounders’ rapid striking Kaysea Jenkusky.
In the second half, hustle and tackling by Sounders’ Caroline Gifford and Kaylie Walsh sparked broad, arcing charges by Sabrina McCarthy. Crew fullbacks Grace Lanzetta and Devin Ris stood fast limiting trespass inside the penalty area.
The Chicago Fire wrestled the LA Galaxy to a late decided 1-0 victory. Emma Davey scored the goal on a fast break past a defender to shoot from the side of the net. Great passes and shots on goal by Catherine Young, Molly Murtagh, Shannon Neiswenter and Sydney Colleran kept pressure on the Galaxy. Fallon Brackley, Rory Lang and Olivia Stack kept the ball in offensive position with solid midfield play. Margaret Murray’s second half goaltending and sustained excellent defense by Stephanine O’Connor, Portia Brackley and Lauren Kelly sealed the shutout.
The second grade girls Red Bulls team came out strong during Wednesday night’s game against the Houston Dynamo, winning 4-0 with goals made by Sydney Urban and Kate Hughes. The Red Bulls defense, led by Carianne Sconzo, and fortified by Hagan Carlin, Jillian Schneider and Malia Freedhand, kept the ball from reaching the goal. Lauren Koenig and Kristin Green demonstrated great midfield work. The upfield ball control resulted from strong teamwork by Shannon Beissel, Julia Neck-Huptyslowska, Sydney Urban and Kate Hughes. First Grade Girls
The first grade girls got off to a great start of the season on Monday night, with a close, defensively led game between the LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire. The Fire went down 1-0, but not without total heart and soul on their opening night. Molly Danaher, Katie Celentano, Fiona Mullen and Shannon Tuffey each had terrific games, applying offensive pressure throughout and controlling play for the majority of the second half.
Sara Doda and Elizabeth Corrigan delivered terrific defensive plays and kept the ball away from the net. Noreen George and Jenna Colleran were outstanding in goal, protecting the net and keeping the score close throughout the game. Players’ Corner
Each week randomly selected players will give a quick interview about the game.
This week second grade girls L.A. Galaxy teammates Lauren Dean and Chloe Murphy are kind enough to chat:
What position did you play? Chloe: Midfielder. Lauren: Midfielder.
What’s your favorite position? Chloe: Midfielder. Lauren: Midfielder.
Who’s your favorite teammate? Chloe: Lauren. Lauren: Chloe.
What’s the best thing to eat after a game? Chloe: I don’t eat. I eat before the game. Lauren: Water.
(Mrs. Dean agrees with the choice of water.)
Thanks Lauren and Chloe! BLS Service Messages:
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