BLS Week 3 Recap: Fire, Dynamo Squads Face Off
The LA Galaxy defeated the Red Bulls by a score of 1-0, in a tightly contested match. With the game tied at 0-0 with three minutes to go, Claudia Kelly dribbled the ball around two defenders and kicked in what turned out to be the winning goal. Olivia Wageman and Shannon Davey combined to hold the Red Bulls scoreless through both halves to secure the game. Kailey Aiken, Sammy Ostrander and Caroline Brucella did a great job in the first half keeping the pressure on the Red Bulls defense.
Annie McManus, Mikayla McLaren and Diane Erhard (in her first game) did a great job leading the offense to start the second half with several shots on goal. All the girls did a fantastic job on defense holding the Red Bulls scoreless.
The Galaxy was out of the gate with huge momentum over the Red Bulls. Explosive forwards Arthur Terehoff Gavinovich, Edward McCarthy-Coyne and Patrick Arovanian tallied an unusual 6 goals. Matthew Glynn and Aidan O’ Sullivan played excellent offense as well.
In winter-like conditions, the Chicago Fire continued to burn up the field with a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamos. Molly Danaher scored the first goal with a beautiful breakaway during the first two minutes of the game.
A few plays later, Shannon Tuffey scored the team’s second goal with a fantastic chip shot.
All of the girls played exceptionally well: Jenna Colleran and Noreen George excelled in goal, and Sara Doda and Maggie McIvor made terrific plays on defense ensuring the shutout. Fiona Mullen, Katie Celentano, Elizabeth Corrigan and Kaitlyn McVeigh kept the offensive pressure on all game, consistently keeping the ball upfield in scoring position.
First Grade Boys
The Dynamo and Fire pounded every bit of the grid behind Field 4 in a 0-0 contest. Fullback Aiden Keane tracked turnovers in traffic and Tanner Diamond stopped all SOG for the orange shirts. Wingers Nick Abernathy and Brian Charles energized romps for the red team.
Division 2- Second And Third Grade Boys
A second half barrage of restarts in the Dynamo Penalty Area fueled the Fire’s 3-0 victory. The Dynamo controlled early, posting two quick shots and repelling throw-ins by Fire Keeper Michael Breslin. The attack was athletically defended by tacklers Johnny Questal, Truman Daskakaskis and Ricky Diamond. Despite chases by Tyler Fillinger and Colin Byrne to counterstrike, the Dynamo goalie went untested until after the break.
On snappy toss-ins and corner kicks by Fire Forward Dylan Ostrander, wingers Mike McManus (two assists) and Breslin (Own Goal credit) slipped unmarked between the posts, converting passes and tricky rebounds into dangerous shots. Stealthy striker Jack Collins scored both times, his second a side-swipe into the left corner. The Dynamo Goalie solved the game’s final challenge as a near fourth goal by Ostrander was ruled stopped on the dusty endline.
For the second straight week the Red Bulls (1-0-2) earned a point in a scoreless tie – this time knotting up the Sounders (1-1-1). Tenacious Bulls forwards Christopher McElhinney, Bart Maroney and Jason Moore cut through cold and wind and kept pressure deep registering multiple shots on goal. Both teams showed great defense with model play by Dean Hanrahan, Ryan Gibson, Max Farrell and TJ Mahoney. Bulls first half keeper Michael Esposito made some fine saves and kickstarted the ball to his teammates. Kiernan Smith was a solid netminder in the second half with four saves.
Second And Third Grade Girls
It felt more like a Wednesday in January than the end of March when the Dynamo played the Fire. It was anything but cold on the playing field. The Dynamos blazed upfield early as great teamwork was displayed by Elizabeth Daly, Nina Melchoirri and Emily Fountaine, who each surged deep into the opposition’s end of the field.
Then before you knew it, a great cross pass from Maeve Gallagher to the center of the goal rolled right to the foot of Maggie Murphy. Before you could blink, the shot from Murphy was passing through the diving Fire goalie and into the net.
The Fire charged back, but the great defensive play of Jillian Kelly and Emma Keane and the outstanding goalkeeping of Shannon Beissel led the Dynamo to a 1-0 halftime advantage. The Dynamo picked up where they left off – on attack. Maeve Murnan and Lauren Reder brought the ball deep into the Fire boxes, and spotted an open Julia Redpath. She sent an awesome pass across the goal area that Maggie Murphy tapped in for her second goal of the game.
Before you could say “I am cold,“ the Fire passed one through the Dynamo defense and Sydney Colleran poked the corner of the net, making the score 2-1. Then the scrappy Fire corps put the heat on. That didn’t stop the great team work of Niamh Gormley, Victoria Biardi and Catherine Lunny to pass the whole Fire defense, freeing Catherine to plunk the corner and raise the score to 3-1.
The Fire regrouped, marched right upfield, and struck a fine shot on goal. Dynamos second half goalkeeper Emily Redpath made a sweet diving stop to put the fire out for the great Fire team.
The Sounders and Red Bulls sped to an even 1-1 final. Kinetic forwards Colleen Bambury and Lauren Koenig led the Bulls with bolting restarts and insynch dashes; while backs Grace Butler, Jillian Schneider and Katherine Savastano used sweeps, blockades and sideline dumps to foster ball control.
Playmaker Sydney Urban chopped the goal kick attempt from Sounders Corrine Connelly’s and the ball tipped over the goalkeeper’s fingertips under the crossbar for the half’s lone score. The Sounders regrouped in the second half with Julianna Moule, Hannah Kourbage and Sadie Saunter adding punch at the front.
Caroline Gifford’s breakaway lit a threat in the Red Bulls’ goal area. Kaysea Jenkusky’s scorcher type kick was solidly blocked by keeper Kate Hughes. The ball rebounded to Mary Kate Clark, who legged the ball into the Sounders goal. Urban loped one last shot on goal from the penalty area perimeter, but Sounder Heather O’Neill gloved it to zip up the tie.
Division 3- Fourth And Fifth Grade Girls
The first half found Fire goalie Kerianne Blum snuffing numerous scoring attempts by an aggressive Dynamo offense. Chicago attackers dominated the ball in the second half by keeping the ball in play at the Houston net. Dyamo goalkeeper Alex Dadario and her focused defense held the fort for a 0-0 tie.
Dylan Ostrander speaks after the Fire’s win.
What position did you play today? Dylan: Forward & Goalie.
Did you score? Dylan: I scored but it didn’t count. The ref didn’t see.
Tie game, final minute, do you try to score to win, or shut down the opponent to not lose? Dylan: Make sure the other team can’t score.
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