BLS Week 4: Galaxy Boys Outshine Fire; Red Bulls Girls Ride High
Reminder: All April 18, 19 and 20 games are ON as scheduled. There’s no rescheduling the Week 4 games. Those scores are already settled: Division 1 - First Grade Boys
The Chicago Fire lost in a great game to the high-octane LA Galaxy. Galaxy shooting-star Arthur Terehoff Gavinovich scored all of the contest’s three goals. Dilligent Fire goalkeepers Charlie Degrechie and Jack Vignapiano made many great saves in goal, splitting duty to halt the Galaxy onslaught. Nick Abernethy, Robbie Agoglia and Chris Belligiere hustled very hard in the trenches defending the goal.
Playmakers Brian Charles, Sean O’Hagan, Ryan Hogg and James Walker showed fantastic commitment. Kevin Dougherty’s overall phenomenal two-way play earned him Player of the Game. The Fire missed Chris Light and will rally around his always great ball control to chase their first win.
A week earlier, the Fire tied the Dynamo in an action packed game. The Dynamo sported the impressive offensive efforts of Luke Carson, Gunner Skammel, TJ McElhinney, Jojo Grillo and Lenny Mannino. The orange shirts played some outstanding defense, especially James Wageman, Christopher Tennyson and Aidan Keane. Any scoring attempts were stopped cold by the dynamite goaltending of Tanner Diamond. First Grade Girls
The Chicago Fire played a fiercely competitive game against LA Galaxy, resulting in a 0-0 tie. The Fire’s defensive line served as a ring of steel against the Galaxy throughout the match. Fullbacks Katie Celentano, Shannon Tuffey and Fiona Mullen, along with goalie Jenna Colleran stopped all balls in their tracks. Midfielders Maggie Mc- Ivor, Rachel Reder and Sarah Doda did an outstanding job transitioning between offense and defense. Forwards Molly Danaher, Noreen George and Kaitlyn McVeigh consistently powered their way towards the Galaxy net.
The Red Bulls roped in the Dynamo 4-0. Kiera Rodkin patrolled the goal area first, then co-keeper Maisie Courtney secured the shutout for the Red Bulls. Dynamo goalie Molly Green and sweeper Cecelia Agoglia were tested immediately in the second half. Bulls striker Viviana Moore’s shot-on-goal rebounded to linemate Kristen Hennessy for a score. Dynamo Jessica Mulholland stepped in as goalie and Danielle Stamos dropped back to sweeper. Agoglia joined Dynamates Emily Harkins, Johanna Schill-ing and Maggie Wallace to challenge the Bulls deep. Caoimha Gormley tipped one in amd Moore scored the final goal. Division 2 - Second and Third Grade Boys
The Crew beat the Sounders 2-0 in a hard fought win. Crew opening goalkeeper James Touhey tended a scoreless first half. Sean Hennessey notched both goals in the second., the first assisted by Michael Colletta and Thomas McGinn. Score two was a corner kick that floated right in.
The Crew got great defense from Michael Light, Matthew Edwards and Gerard Mc-Manus, plus a great save by closing netminder Bryan McGinn. Midfielders Liam McIvor, Thomas Bennett, Ryan Murphy and Brendan Connolly played tremendously.
The Galaxy battled the Red Bulls through headwinds to a scoreless tie. Luca D’Ambrosio, Matt O’Reilly and Dante DiSilvia consistently forced the ball away from the net. Goalies Matty McDonagh and Sean Peter Mullen denied the opposition a win, each producing some terrific saves.
Forwards Corey Rodman, Brandon Fox, Aidan Harkins and Danny Cornish worked their magic, maintaining great field position throughout the game. Midfielders Andrew Carr, John McMorrow, Nico Allen and Matty Schmitt energized the team by effectively moving the ball upfield to support the forward line, and falling back quickly to fend off Red Bulls’ offensive attacks. Second and Third Grade Girls
The Sounders and Crew duked out a 2-2 draw. The Crew played sub-less, but both teams led strong attacks. Lemonshirts
Wingers Mairead Buckley, Megan Murray and Nicole Moran raced Sounders forwards Kaylie Walsh, Siobhan Toomey, Mary Kate Clark and Sabrina McCarthy.
But the Crew couldn’t overcome defenders Brooke Leahy, Julianna Moule and Corinne Connelly or first half keeper Heather O’Neill. Nor could the Sounders shake keeper Grace Lanzetta. A refreshed Crew jammed second half Sounders goalie Hannah Kourbage before striker Kate McNamara scored one. Lanzetta, now at forward, soon upped the lead to 2-0. The Sounders instantly replied with Kaysea Jenkusky bending one just by goalie Anna Baron. Midfielders Devin Ris, Kat Kelly and Kaitlyn Potter pushed the lime-shirts back for an SOG. Kourbage made a block from a shot by the Crew, which allowed teammate Caroline Gifford to tie the game, Division 3 - Fourth and Fifth Grade Girls
The Chicago Fire eked out a 2-1 victory over the L.A. Galaxy in a very competitive game. The scoring began with Grace Kane reaching the upper left hand corner off a monster kick just over the hands of the Fire goalie. The Fire came back strong with excellent passes skillfully displayed by Ginger Kuhlmann. It was Reilly Mangano who found the back of the net right from center after receiving a nice cross from Caroline Kelly. Olivia Murray made several excellent saves to keep the tie into the half. Rhiannon Gormley put the Fire ahead with a beautiful breakaway goal.Claire Hughes staved off a number of attacks on goal to preserve the win. Division 4 - Sixth and Eighth Grade Boys
The LA Galaxy came out strong with Luke Gersh feeding a through pass to Zack Willis for the first goal. Max Frankel led the Chicago Fire’s pressure on the Galaxy defense. LA answered as Ryan Hoffman added the second score. Fire goalie George Baroudos then managed a great first half by notching save after save.
In the next half, Alex Goldberg and Jimmy Howard headed the Fire attack. Jimmy guided a lead pass to Jonathan Machado who broke free left to find the net’s left corner, 2-1. Galaxy strikers Kyle Hoffman, Eric Potter, Matt LaSorsa and Brian McNamee kept driving the ball forward, nettling Fire goalies Teddy Stathis and Dylan Carey. LA defenders Joey Morelli, Jack Watt, Christian Lanzetta and John Stewart reinforced possession with quick, sharp passes to the front. Hoffman closed the game with a 30-yard blast that filled the net’s top right corner: Players’ Corner
Division 2 Galaxy’s Makayla Braskey talks last licks after a 1-0 fall to the Red Bulls: What was the score? MB: He said 1-0, but it should’ve been 0-0. It was offsides. We told the ref but he didn’t listen. How do you think your team is doing? MB: Good. What position is your favorite? MB: Attacker. What’s the best food to eat after a game? MB: I like to get ice cream. Thank you, Makayla. BLS Service Messages:
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