St. Francis de Sales CYO Soccer Fall Season Week 4 Recap
Many St. Francis de Sales teams passed the halfway mark of their season this busy Week 4. Check out http://sfdscyo.magix.net/public/ for links to standings and schedules of remaining games.
For the Bantam Girls (sixth grade), the soccer weekend began with a rematch of last year’s championship game, facing off against friendly rival Blessed Trinity.
As usual, it was a competitive match with both teams giving their very best. In the first half, Trinity seemed to have the upper hand in ball control but the SFDS defense was commanding, shutting down each attack. Makayla Beehler, Kerrianne Blum and Claire Hughes each made plays to deny the BT offense. Sinead Gallagher was a warrior in goal, snatching up a number of saves.
The second half opened scoreless. Sydney O’Brien made a key assist midway through the half, serving up the ball to Katie Marquardt who perfectly placed the shot across the box to the left corner on a 1-on-1 with the BT goalie. The goal breathed new life into the SFDS offense which then peppered the net with shots.
Caroline Kelly was given a second chance to put one on the board after a previous shot was called back for offsides. This time it was Jessica Buckley sending a perfect through-ball to the forward line that Kelly netted by ricochet off the right post. St. Francis was victorious, 2-0.
The next day, SFDS met the St. Camillus/St. Virgilius crew. Makayla Beehler successfully converted a penalty kick, putting SFDS on the board early. The SCV left winger looked to tie it up with a daring 1-on- 1. But SFDS goalie, Sinead Gallagher, made the stop of the century, fearlessly running out of the goalbox to throw her body on the ball for an epic save. Shannon Dziuk and Ashley Kelley paced the midfield, making key defensive plays to keep the ball in the SFDS red zone. SFDS was able to penetrate in the second half with Katie Marquardt notching a goal off another nice pass from O’Brien.
The Bantams are undefeated this season.
The Midget (third grade) sister squads faced off in Week 4. SFDS K’s Chloe Murphy, Kiera Price and Julia Necka-Huptysiowska led the Blueshirts’ early siege of SFDS G’s turf. Sprint loaded, center field play paid off when Luckystrike Mairead Buckley shanked a hot bouncer free from the box-bogged Gold defenders for the 1-0 edge.
Fine marking by Price and solid lane-stops by Bridget Donnelly, Nicole Moran and Lauren Kelly at midfield promised poor prospects for the Gold. But with endurance, grit and speed, Caroline Gifford, Kelly Erhard and Megan Murray rallied the G-girls through a series of field-flipping heists for 3 unanswered second half goals.
The first reversal forced a Blue GK which Rugged Brooke Leahy vaulted up behind the crossbar.
An exchange later, Murray right-angled a beeliner off the 18-yard line for the second Gold strike. With the third take-away whipped into a downfield chase, Casey Gilroy zipped a pass to Leahy, whose loping second goal proved the game’s last. Gold goalie Shaunie Smith saved two shots in her team’s 3-1 win. Team K rebounded to win their next two games. Formidable Lauren Dean scored the winner in a tight contest with Blessed Trinity.
Then, in a 1-0 finale, Mighty Maeve Murnan punched in a penalty kick following a Hope handball, and goalie Corinne Connelly flat out denied a 2-on-1 last ditch blitz in the box with a heart stopping body block and a crowd rousing dive.
The Pee Wee Girls (fourth grade) Team-D soundly handled Hope, 3-0. Sydney Urban notched the opening score and then took net duty in the second where she went unchallenged. Noelle Carey rounded out the first half scoring. Maggie Murphy solved an entrenched Hope defense late in the SFDS win. From Previous Week’s Action:
The Rookie Boys (seventh grade) took on Sacred Heart, a division newcomer and untried opponent. SFDS emphasized teamwork and execution in rising to a 7-0 win. Jonathon Machado started off the goalfest blasting a PK into the left hand corner. James Carlton kept the pace with the second goal and later a fancy back-of-the-heel score. Kyle Hoffman gave a lead pass to Teddy Stathis who drove the ball down the line to see Luca Bartoli inside the 18 for a finish. Stathis then contributed with a goal of his own. The defense played it’s dependably strong role, led by Joey Morelli and Mario Cimino. The two boys work unbe- lievably together. Dom ‘Magic Hands’ Savino mastered the net in the first half and, thanks to his stalwart defense, played the field in the second.
With aggressive backline play, Danny Lynch, Christian Lanzetta and Jack Watt held Heart to only 3 shots. James Munson and John Keelher reliably performed their assigned roles – whether on offense or defense. The Middies, Matt Coletta, controlling the left, Kyle Hoffman, covering center, and Teddy Stathis at right, took the stride away from Heart. The Boys showed in the second half how sustained teamwork and communication is so important.
The Mite Girls (first grade) played against the very strong Blessed Trinity team and lost 1-0. Ariana DiCarlo showed great ball control up front while Kristin McDonnell did a superb job protecting the net. Devin Parchment and Taylor Martin did exceptionally well at midfield to keep the score close.
The Midget Girls K-Team followed a 2-1 win over Hope and 0-0 tie with Luke, with a well earned late win over Mels. After scoring early, Mels was shut down by the suffocating D of Lauren Dean, Jillian Schneider, Kathleen Schmitt, Julia Redpath, and goalie Kaitlyn Potter. Most of the game was a battle for midfield with Mairead Buckley, Lauren Kelly, Eva Powers-Velasques, Julia Necka-Huptysiowska, Bridget Donnelly, and Emily Redpath holding their ground. Second half goalie Nicole Moran kept Mels scoreless, with their penalty kick hitting the post, while forwards Chloe Murphy, Keira Price and Corinne Connelly kept the pressure on with a number of fast breaks and shot on goals. In the last few minutes, Maeve Murnan exploded for the two goals that gave SFDS the come-frombehind win.