SFDS Soccer CYO Teams Start Season Strong
The SFDS Mite Girls played twice this weekend. In a tough loss to Anastasia, the girls put up a good fight. Julia Teich and Erin Neiswenter led an outstanding charge, while Leah Meier did a great job as goalie.
On Sunday, the girls rebounded for a hard fought 1- 0 win over Our Lady of Hope, with a goal by Catherine Dean. Tess Howley kept a spotless goal and Caleigh Murphy sported some fast breakaways. The week prior, the girls gave a great first go against a strong Trinity team. Catherine Doda and Katelyn Mitterway were both solid in goal, while Maura Edwards helped on defense.
Natalie Dicapua and Catherine Dean tried their best to get the ball in goal. It was a great effort overall by the Mites.
The Squirt Girls kicked off 2011 by tying Blessed Trinity. The girls played a strong first half with several attempts on goal by Maggie McIvor, Reilly Nichtern, Cece Agoglia and Fiona Mullen. Claudia Kelly shined in goal for the first half with numerous saves. Maisie Courtney scored the only goal of the game in the second half with a clear breakaway racking up her first career goal. With only a few minutes left in regulation, Blessed Trinity connected to even up what was the final score, 1-1.
The Second Grade Boys burst into the fall season with a 2-game win streak. Saturday’s opener against St.Mel’s featured goals by Luke Carson, Gunner Skammel and Matthew Sweeny. Lenny Mannino, Demetri Condolios and Kieran Courtney notched assists, along with superb goaltending by Robert Agoglia, and Freddy Teich made their 3-0 victory possible.
Sunday’s game against Assisi was action packed with goals by Jojo Grillo, Patrick Ayrovainen, Justin Aleman and Christopher Light. Backstopping by Nicholas Fiore and Kevin Dougherty along with the skilled defending of Matthew Marten, Jason Machado and Ryan Urciuoli and support from Sean O’Hagan and Stephen Martin made this game a 6-0 shut out.
The Third Grade Boys came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Hope, 4-3. Aidan Harkin’s tremendous footwork paid off as he out-maneuvered Hope’s D-line for the first score. Then, red-hot Michael Colleta, who was having a career best game, followed with 2 more quick goals. The game-winning goal came from Danny Grillo’s relentless ball pursuit, with help by Danny Cornish, Storm Smith and Matt Schmitt. The pressure was on all game with great passing by Michael Tuffey, sharp goalkeeping by Sean Peter and Kieran Howard and tremendous defense by TJ McCormick, Shane Howard and Matt Edwards. Fine all around play by John McMorrow, Jack Evangelista and Ryan Murphy helped the SFDS Midgets secure the hard fought win.
The Third Grade Girls split their weekend games. First, the Midgets defeated St. Mel’s, 2-1 on solid goal tending by Kelly Erhardt in the first half and Shaun Smith in the second. Great passing from Jen Quagliariello to Brooke Leahy to Kaylie Walsh to Sophia Keeler back to Striker Kaylie Walsh generated the first goal.
In the latter half, Caroline Gifford made a great pass to Walsh for her second of the day. There was super team work from Molly Burnes, Fallon and Portia Brackley and Erhardt’s amazing speed did not go unnoticed.
The girls played another close game Sunday, but fell 2-1 to Hope. Once again, the goaltending split squad was solid with Smith in first and Olivia Stack in for the second.
In the second half, Gifford and Walsh repeated their pass/shoot combo for the SFDS goal. Stack, Casey Gilroy, Brooke Leahy, Sophia Keeler and Jen Quagliariello played fine D. Hard hustling from Megan Murry, Devon Charles, and Leahy kept the pressure on. In the last few minutes of the game, Kelly Erhardt’s quick moves – flying through the air – stopped Hope from scoring a third goal.
The Novice (Fifth Grade) Girls opened up the season by shutting out peninsula rivals, Blessed Trinity, with a decisive win. Elizabeth Carmody celebrated her first CYO goal and now has the itch to do it again. A barrage of goals was scored by Jillian Machado, Jillian Howard, Taylor Scaccia, Kelsey Flynn, Hannah Harkins, Rian Courtney, Elizabeth Meringolo, Reilly Mangano and Ryan Carlton. The SFDS D-line was a brick wall no one could penetrate. Chrissy Diehm and Alex Dadario pushed the ball upfield to sustain the team’s steady onrush.
The Novices kept up the offense in game 2 taking out Our Lady of Snows 5-0. Hannah Harkins (2), Rian Courtney, Ryan Carlton and Jillian Howard found the back of the net.
Strong defensive skills were displayed by Victoria Meier, Victoria Inga, Kate Wrynn, Francesca Agoglia and Carolyn Diehm. The team played as a cohesive unit, which has been cultivated after playing together for the last five years.