2011-04-29 / Sports

BLS Week 6: Holiday Play For First Graders

Players from the Bulls and the Galaxy get ready to converge on the ball. Players from the Bulls and the Galaxy get ready to converge on the ball. Although weather and vacations bumped back games for the over-7 squads, Field 4 hosted soccer for the younger kids.

Division 1- First Grade Girls

The Dynamo equaled the Fire in an exchange filled 0-0 contest. The Fire relied on the goalie tag-team of Noreen George (1 scoop save) and Shannon Tuffey (3 scoops, 1 kick clear) to keep a perfect net. The Fire defense withstood a second half Dynamo surge. Fullbacks Sara Doda and Kaitlyn McVeigh, along with midfielders Maggie McIvor and Fiona Mullen were each strong defensively. George joined the Fire frontline alongside Molly Danaher to direct plenty of shots at the Dynamo net.

A trio of Dynamo Keepers fended off those threats: Johanna Schilling (2 saves), Mary Comer and Alexa Giambra (2 stops, 1 kick save in her season debut). Halfbacks Danielle Stamos and Grace Murray harnessed the Fire by racing for ball control and patrolling the field on defense.

Midfielder Paige O’Neill was a pillar of strength in dousing Fire drives and forcing turnovers. Maggie Wallace and Molly Green revved several long range surges for the Dynamo and center midfielder Emily Harkins and winger Cecelia Agoglia each recorded a corner kick. Kudos to Molly Green for battling back after a nasty shot to the noggin and Comer for making an inadvertent header pass without losing her own head.

The Red Bulls nudged out a 1-0 win over the Galaxy. Although the Galaxy was short-handed, the game was played on, thanks to the Red Bulls sharing players. Teammates Lucy O’Brien and Caroline Spaeth joined a cluster of six Galaxy-gals for the good-natured contest: Kailey Aiken, Claudia Kelly, Mikayla McClarenn, Annie Egan, Caroline Brucella and Diane Erhard. Maise Courtney was the goalkeeper for the Bulls.

First Grade Boys

How do you play 4 on 4, even on a quarter-court field? Get an Official on defense for each side and anyone under 4 ½ feet takes a turn in net. So that’s what happened when the Galaxy scrimmaged the Red Bulls to a 2-2 tie. The big guys on defense managed a game of sprints, stumping less deft lane breaks and keeping the kids in volley. The Bulls’ Brian Yorke scrapped for ball carries early while Lucca Perrotta swept the grid for rollers straying from the pack.

Galaxian Edward McCarthy-Coyne emerged from the scrum and jolted the first score. The Red Bulls offense answered soon after, 1-1 at the break. The Red Bulls opened the second half on attack and put the pressure on Galaxy defenders Aiden O’Sullivan, Matt Glynn and Pat Kelly. The Bulls nearly planted a rebound off the post. Perrotta energized in his reassignment to playing forward and kicked a laser shot into the net.

The Galaxy countered on a plunge to the Bulls doorstep, but an out-of-position call disqualified a shot in net. Fortunes changed on the last play. With seconds remaining, the Bulls pressuring the box, the Galaxy keeper kicked the ball spot-on to Coyne un-marked at the grassy dune. He loped down the length of the field for a one-on-one chance against the goalkeeper and dipped the ball into the net.

Nick Abernathy, Charlie DeGrechie, Chris Light and Brian Charles were among the jubilant Fire who celebrated their first win over their friends on the Dynamo. The short-handed Dynamo got reinforcements from boys on other teams – including one energetic Galaxian who played a doubleheader.

Players’ Corner

A couple of days removed from her game, Dynamo keeper/fullback Danielle Stamos comments on things soccer from a dugout a parking lot beyond the Field 4 pitch:

What’s your favorite position to play in soccer? Danielle: Defense.

What’s better, scoring or saving? Danielle: Scoring.

When you throw the ball back in play, who do you try to get it to? Danielle: Maggie Wallace, because she’s a good soccer player.

What’s your favorite food after the game? Danielle: (with an ‘isn’t it obvious?’ chuckle) Water.

Thanks Danielle (go Pirates!)

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