BLS Make Up Week: Division 2 Crew, Dynamo, Bulls Win
The Crew met the Galaxy for a sunset match. Second half Goalie Johannah Skammel protected the Crew’s 2-1 lead, checking down strikes by Galaxy field generals Mollie Abernathy and Beth Dunn.
Trap-and-go specialist Grace Lanzetta (both first half goals) pumped up the advantage with an assist to targetforward Devin Ris and a high sweeping scoring finish to Megan Murray’s corner kick. The shorthanded Galaxy welcomed the help of Crew members Kaitlyn Potter and Mairead Buckley on defense. Although both wanted to keep net, only Ms. Potter can thank Ms. Lanzetta for a lightning round of rebounds off her body.
Galaxian Katie Roventini shed her first half role in net to demo her cruise control of dekes and hooks. Savvy and vocal Kiera Price outflanked the up-forgrabs bunching on restarts to open lanes for her teammates. Winger Katie Hogg proved a fine attacker tagging the early score and pairing off for passing outlets for the Gals in midnight blue. Crew midfielders Jennifer Quagliariello and Sophia Keeler shuttled throwins to fellow yellow-shirts Anna Baron and Kat Kelly in their 4-1 win.
The Dynamo and Red Bulls didn’t expect to play each other, but when only five players between them showed, a match was made. Three third-graders from the Sounders and two from the Fire joined the core Bulls cadre to take on a near-full Dynamo force. Dubbed the “Rainbows” by Sydney Urban and Carianne Sconzo, the newly grouped team of red, white and lime shirts used a skilled-player advantage to give the Dynamo an all-star challenge.
The ’Bows Lauren Koenig and Sabrina McCarthy crafted ground carving attacks, drawing several corner kick opportunities and penalty area exchanges in front of Dynamo goalkeepers Shannon Beissel and Emily Redpath. Defenders in Orange Casey Gilroy, Maeve Gallagher, Julia Redpath and Victoria Baiardi blocked fast kicks and tackled quick strikers to stall the onrush.
Nimble dribbling forwards Maggie Murphy and Jillian Kelly each took ’Bow turnovers downfield to score and build a 2-1 halftime lead. The ’Bows Kaysea Jenkusky took back the lead, adding two consecutive second half shots to her game-first score. She airmailed her first point, boomeranging a goal kick. The next she redirected across her body at the doorstep completing a throw-in and feed by Julliana Moule and Sydney Colleran.
Her third was an eye-level line drive from behind the penalty shot spot, thankfully bending away from the goalie. Urban scored the final goal of the game on a nicely timed and angled snap. Molly Murtogh dropped back a line in the second half and kept a spotless net as her particolored team won their season opener/ender 4-2. High fives to all the girls who played a lively match that returned wins for the Rainbows, Red Bulls and Dynamo.
Dynamo teammates Victoria Baiardi, Elizabeth Daly and Shannon Beissel camped out on the sidelines post game waiting for their ride. Victoria had a rough and tumble go, hitting the dirt inside the grid several times while jockeying for ball control:
Were you playing defense? Victoria: I was playing offense.
Was it a tough game? Victoria: Yes. [I was] kicked all over my body. I was just trying to kick the ball.
Did you come close to scoring? (Victoria’s friends joined in) Elizabeth: Almost in last week’s game. Shannon: I kicked it off the pole.
How’s your team doing? The Trio and their Coaches: 3 and 2 and 1 tie, too.
Where are you guys going after the game? Victoria: Wendy’s. (This was the Coach’s treat.) Thanks Victoria, Elizabeth and Shannon!
BLS Service Messages:
Special thanks to the coaches of the Dynamo and Red Bulls for Friday’s pick-up game.
Visit the PenCup website: http://mysite.verizon.net/sfdscyo/PenCup2011/PenCup11.html. There’d have been a third kiss on that balcony had they won the Peninsula Cup.