BLS Week 5: Galaxy Boys And Girls Hold First Place; Boys Crew And Bulls Lock Horns
Note: By overwhelming request, all Girls games scheduled for Wednesday, April 20 will be held Friday, May 6 after the holiday vacations.
With less than half a season left leads are still up for grabs.
Division 1- First Grade Boys
It was a rematch of the season opener when the Galaxy suffered its only defeat, 1-0 to the Dynamo. This game was a defensive struggle similar to the first match. Both teams clogged the passing lanes, and when they got shots off, the goaltending was excellent on both sides. Patrick Kelly and Matt Glynn of the Galaxy played exceptionally well, as they have all year – in five games, the Galaxy has outscored opponents 11-2. The Galaxy broke through with a goal by Patrick Arovanian off a crossing pass by Edward McCarthy-Coyne. The Dynamo answered quickly, scoring off a beautiful corner kick which sailed over all defenders onto the foot of James Wageman (first goal this season).
In the second half, the clubs rallied for scoring advantages. The best chance went to the Galaxy, when Edward McCarthy-Coyne sailed a shot just wide from in front of the net. The game ended in a well fought 1-1 tie. The boys congratulated each other and their parents cheered on for an exceptionally wellplayed contest.
The Bulls topped the Fire 1-0 on a first half score by quick-footed Tommy Davey. The undermanned teams played 6 vs. 7, with veteran playmaker Mollie Abernathy joining the Bulls to equalize forces. Nick Abernathy saved 6 shots for the Fire, withstanding drives often started with his sister’s heady defense. Second half Goalie Charlie DeGrechie disrupted drives lunging for 5 saves.
Bulls counterpart Matt Marten stopped a quirky rebound manning the net and got help from teammate Lucca Perrotta anticipating plays on defense. Attackers Brian Yorke and Demetri Condolios steadily advanced to the goal for the Bulls, while forwards Chris Light and Sean O’Hagan had the best shots near posts for the Fire. Troopers Robbie Agoglia, Jack Vignapiano and Ryan Hogg also showed off their game on the fun running Fire squad.
First Grade Girls
The Fire kept the heat on with a 1-0 win over the Red Bulls. Jenna Colleran had the sole goal of the game, with a fantastic shot from the middle of the field into the net. Shannon Tuffey had a terrific game, taking many shots on goal as forward and stopping the Bulls from scoring with a couple of nice saves as goalie. Midfielder Maggie McIvor also had a tremendous night, getting in there for all the key play with her strong right foot.
Forwards Molly Danaher, Fiona Mullen, Noreen George and Katey Celentano each had great games, moving the ball upfield swiftly and often. Sweet success was realized with fullbacks Sara Doda, Elizabeth Corrigan and Kaitlyn McVeigh, stopping the Bulls offensive line in their tracks to ensure the shutout.
Although falling to the first place Galaxy, the Dynamos ran strong from net to net. Determined Dynamo halfbacks Molly Green, Maggie Wallace and Cecelia Agoglia sprinted and wheeled to reverse drives. Defiant defenders Grace Murray, Mary Comer and Paige O’Neill scampered to clear their penalty area. Their fearless trio of Keepers stopped the majority of shots that broke to net – tough Jessica Mulholland in the first half, darting Danielle Stamos and rescuing Rachel Reder in the second. The Galaxy won with 3 goals, the first scored by striker Sammy Ostrander, and two from playmaker Mikayla Mc- Laren, the last a late empty-netter.
Division 2- Second and Third Grade Boys
Having already won by forfeit, the Sounders scrimmaged the short-handed Fire to a one-half 1-1 tie. The Fire struck first. Mike Tuffey evened the contest on the ensuing kick off. Goalie Mike Duffy rejected the Fire’s post-tie shot on goal and Ryan O’Keefe forced the action away from his goalie’s turf. The Fire’s Jeff Tung, Ricky Diamond and Colin Byrne controlled ball flow and Dylan Ostrander forged long lanes to pressure the Sounders defense.
Sean Hennessy scored on a penalty kick that spanked the top of the net then assisted on James Tuohey’s game winner as the Division 2 leading Crew defeated the Red Bulls, 2-1. Ryan Gibson scored for the Bulls in their only loss this season. Crew attackers Shane How-ard, Michael Colletta and Ryan Murphy scuffed up tackle-tested shin pads and Bulls forwards Nicholas Oliva, Dean Hanrahan and Bart Maroney shook off upending collisions in this high contact match.
Second and Third Grade Girls
Team scoring leader Kaysea Jenkusky added her second and third goal of the season to give the Sounders a 2-1 win over the Fire. Quarterbacks Kaylie Walsh and Caroline Gifford dazzled on steals and passes. Sadie Saunter snapped a shot on goal. Talented Sabrina McCarthy was precise in punting as the team’s goalie (3 restarts) and creating lanes as a striker (4 shots on goal). Fire goalie Margaret Murray hammered down 6 saves, while Emma Davey, Sydney Colleran and Shannon Neiswenter flashed last second tackles to arrest the Sounders’ late rushes. Hardy Catherine Young challenged her opponents field-wide and gained an edge near 6 yards out for the Fire’s second half score.
Division 3- Fourth and Fifth Grade Girls
The Chicago Fire was fierce in its match against the Houston Dynamo exhibiting excellent teamwork and sharp, crisp passing. However, the outstanding goal tending of the Dynamo’s Alex Dadario thwarted every scoring attempt. Without any subs, the Chicago squad kept up a fierce attack and was finally able to penetrate with Rhiannon Gormley, Reilly Mangano and Claire Hughes, each scoring in the second half. Olivia Murray and Amanda Ingenito were tenacious in midfield. Caroline Dolan and Ginger Kuhlmann were tremendous in goal, preserving the shutout.
Fast running Catherine Young rocked the Fire’s red uniform for a goal in game and a few words after:
What position do you play? CY: Forward/Middle.
Who’s the toughest girl you’ve played against? CY: Sabrina McCarthy. She’s on my other team (BT) so I know her tricks. But she’s the toughest. And Sydney Urban, too.
What’s the best food after a game? CY: I like fruit ... (at this point she was swarmed by giddy friends who just finished playing the Dynamo/ Galaxy game ... all of whom almost scored, too). Thanks Catherine!
BLS Service Messages:
Thanks to Sean McCarthy-Coyne for his recaps on the Division 1 Boys Galaxy games.
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