BLS Championship Games: Stars, Sparks, Chargers And A Party Post OT
Fire’s Dylan Ostrander solves Dynamo Keeper Mike Butklewicz for only goal. Bulls shutout Sounders. Kyle Duffy had the first goal and Moroney finished it off with a penalty kick goal.
Boys – Fourth/Fifth Grade: The Galaxy douses the Fire 2-0. Connor Baldwin tags both. Joshua Zweifler scored the only Dynamo goal with a 1-0 victory over the Bulls.
Boys – Sixth/Eighth Grade: Luke Gersh scores two goals as the Galaxy blank the Fire, 4-0. Ryan Hoffman and Brian McNamee each scored a goal. The Red Bulls tame Dynamo, 4-1. Anthony Scotto and Brian GaNun scored for Bulls.
Round 1: Girls Second/Third Grade: Sounders hush Fire, 2-1. Fire’s Maggie Murray opened the scoring with a goal. Caroline Gifford replied with a tally for the Sounders and Kaysea Jenkusky added a penalty kick goal. The Crew overcomes Galaxy in early overtime as Megan Murray fed the ball to Kate McNamara for the bullseye goal.
Girls – Fourth/Fifth Grade: Bulls topple Galaxy 3-0. Katie Marquardt scored and Breanne McDonnell added 2 goals. The Fire beat the Dynamo 3-0 with goals scored by Olivia Murray, Caroline Kelly (Reilly Mangano assist) and Caroline Dolan.
Girls – 6th-8th Grade: Caitlyn Gibson scored a goal and sister Nicole had the other 2 in a Dynamo 3-0 victory over the Fire. The Galaxy stopped the Bulls, 5-1 as Bella Arikian, Maria DiCarlo, Meghan McGinn, Lauren Martin, Mairead Gormley each scored. Mary Ellen Wood had the lone goal for the Red Bulls.
Boys – Round 2 – Second/Third Grade only: Bulls top Crew 3-1 as Shane Velluzzi, Kyle Duffy each tallied a goal. Chris McElhinney scored a penalty kick goal for Red Bulls and his counterpart, Thom McGinn, recorded the same feat for the Crew.
Ian Byrne scored a goal each half as the Galaxy cooled off the Fire 4-0. Aidan Harkins scored before halftime and Corey Rodman had a goal.
Girls – Round 2-Second/Third Grade only: Sydney Urban made two goals as the Bulls blanked the Crew. The Sounders trimmed the Dynamo 2- 1. Sabrina McCarthy scored the early goal and Dynamo player Maggie Murphy tied the game at 1 late in the contest. Kaylie Walsh stunned the Dynamo with an overtime goal.
Championship Round: Boys- Second/ Third Grade: The high-seeded Galaxy swarmed the staunch Red Bulls who’d found their own scoring swagger in the playoffs. Keepers Matty McDonagh and Michael Esposito kept the game deadlocked until late in the first half. Busting for glory, Galaxy forward Ian Byrne collided with Bulls tackler Jason Moore, and while falling, shoveled a pass to shooter Brandon Fox who missed just wide.
Corey Rodman darted between the box borders, and blew a shot attempt across net inside the far post. In the second half, Rodman, who was aided by the great play of Aidan Harkins on the wing, assisted Byrne for the goal to go up 2-0. The Red Bulls rallied around tenacious Chris McElhinney, pulling to 2-1. In the last minute and a half, Luke Lizzie moved to goal, Esposito joined Bart Maroney, Kyle Duffy and Ryan Gibson for a rush of shots at McDonagh. But Galaxian Joseph Tammaro put up a brick wall to the scorers, and defenders Andrew Carr, Luca D’Ambrosio and Dante DeSilvia and rookie Danny Cornish held firm. Team Galaxy became the first to win the BLS Champions shirts.
Boys Fourth/Fifth Grade: The Galaxy lacked one star. It took the Dynamo’s best to win. With goalie Anthony Cimino on game for the Galaxy, the Orange Engine (Dynamo) crowded the penalty area. JoJo Allesandro passed from the wing to forward Griffin Skammel, who faked right, drove left into the box and scored the goal, which would prove to be the game winner.
Dynamo Josh Zweifler came close but for a defenseman’s deflection. The Galaxy amped up the offense, shifting Dylan Abernethy to net, Cimino to forward and pushing up central defender David Hanrahan. Midfielders Jack Mullally and Aiden Smith. Wingers Kennedy Kirk, Matt and Jack McDade followed center Connor Baldwin’s charge for at least 3 great strikes. Unluckily, all those attempts sailed high. Joe Braskey manned the Dynamo net for the full shutout an “all around tough game ... Everyone was holding their breath until the very end,” (Thanks GS).
Boys Sixth/Eighth Grade: The favored Galaxy defeated the Red Bulls in both regular season matches. But Brian GaNun and Anthony Scotto defied the odds. GaNun scored in the first half. Scotto converted a penalty kick in the second. Matt Prasenski backstopped for the Bulls in the 2-0 shutout.
Girls Second/Third Grade: Wingers Lauren Koenig and Kaylie Walsh made lanes of thin air. D-punter Katie Hughes catapulted to counterpart Hannah Kourbage. Playmakers Sydney Urban and Sabrina McCarthy dared you to use your head. The Red Bulls met the Sounders on and above the field.
It was almost given that a hand ball would lead to the win. With Midfielder Katherine Savastano gone for the second half, and Hughes at keeper, the Bulls relied on Backs Hagan Carlin, Carianne Sconzo and Jillian Schneider to offset a two-player disadvantage. They scattered surging Sounders Kaysea Jenkusky and Brooke Leahy. Julianne Moule tagged Urban to delay a sweep, but Koenig found an out to midfield. Center Colleen Bambury’s throwin grew a drive to the Sounders porch. Attackers Grace Butler, Kristin Green and Julia Necka-Huptysiowska were set to convert a bounding CK when the contact was made.
Sounder Goalie Corinne Connelly had scooped plenty of grounders and escaped an Urban zinger high off the post. Neither team quit. Sounders Caroline Gifford, Siobhan Toomey and Shaunie Smith attacked the remainder of the game, but the champs had emerged with the Red Bulls 1, Sounders 0.
Girls Fourth/Fifth Grade: In their third meeting in as many weeks, the Fire faced their Red Bulls friends. The match see-sawed through a scoreless first half. Forwards Olivia Murray, Rhiannon Gormley, Reilly Mangano and Maddie McDade peppered Bulls Dmates
Rebecca Boland and Jackie Wilkins in their backyard. Red Bull runners Daniella DiCarlo, Makayla Beehler and Katie Marquardt pushed up the field and made fullback Carly McCann chest away a shot attempt and goalie Kerrianne Blum to snatch a pop fly in the sun.
Breanne McDonnell scored her third goal of the playoffs in the early second half. So with urgency and orders to spread the offensive, the Fire squeezed the Bulls into the far side of the pitch. With more smile than squint, keeper Maggie Comer made the saves, fanning back the heat wave for the win.
Girls Sixth/Eighth Grade: In the day’s finale, keeper Annie Dengler arrived last for the Dynamo. Still her play was stellar. Meeting the dominant Galaxy for the third straight week, Dengler blocked, snagged, and otherwise fended off long enough for an overtime show.
In regulation, an aggressive Dynamo offense ensured leads were volatile. Maria DiCarlo opened the scoring for the Galaxy. Kaitlin Gibson struck twice in succession for the Dynamo. A quick kick-off later, Mairead Gormley tied it. Nicole Gibson gave the Dynamo the halftime edge, 3-2.
The Orange resumed scoring for their widest lead. The Galaxy chipped it away methodically. Vicki stormed the center of the 18, vaulted a ceiling high pass to her left-winger who volleyed emphatically home. Starlet Taylor Veigh determinedly nabbed one, and Bella Arikian punted a CK in for the 6- 4 final. Post-game chants of “We never win!” gave way to “We don’t care about the score!” and a triumphal tunnel run for both teams. Winning, losing, it was all good fun; the sky belongs to the stars, and the twinkle in your eye’s your own.
Sentiments from your coaches and parents run the same; they’re proud of you all:
“These kids have been a pleasure to coach and we had a great season,” says Coach Hanrahan, Galaxy, Div3B.
“These girls as a collective group played well all season long and should all be acknowledged for their teamwork and sportsmanship, plus they had FUN which is what the Peninsula Cup is all about,” says Coach Tacopina, Fire, Div3G.
“They really played their hearts out,” said Coach Mehta, Dynamo, Div2B. BLS Service Messages:
An overdue shout-out to Crew’s Michael Colletta for his first goal in Week 8. Thanks to Griffin Skammel for the recap, Olivia Murray and Sydney Colleran for scores, Annie Murphy and Heather O’Neill for photos this busy week. Thanks go to the organizers from the Blessed Trinity and St. Francis de Sales CYO. Thanks to coaches, parents, officials, volunteers, recruits, coordinators and especially players.
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