Week 5 CYO Soccer Recap: SFDS Rookies Win
Blessed Trinity’s home turf was still recovering from Irene, so the Rookie Girls (seventh grade) made up their game 4 on Tilden soil. SFDS was prepared for a solid match given the high caliber, heads-up play of their friends across the pitch.
SFDS chose to open with the sun at their backs and in BT’s eyes to gain an early advantage. The choice paid off on a solid pass from Megan Twomey to Lauren Marten, who slid the ball past the BT goalie giving SFDS a 1-0 lead. Maria DiCarlo’s dribbling and long passing to Molly Breslin kept pressure on the BT defense.
Kelly Santiago’s nice, heads-up jukes gained field possession and control to likewise extend drives. In the second half, BT was able to turn the tide off an SFDS midfield mishap when Lauren Dugan passed the ball to Erin Kennedy, who blasted a shot on SFDS goalie Rose Fay. Fay made a great stop and restart that quickly grew into a long punt to Molly Breslin down the right wing. Breslin moved the ball down to the corner forcing another SFDS set-play shot.
DiCarlo’s corner kick crossed to the top of the 6-yard box where Breslin took the shot on goal. The ball deflected to Nicole Gibson, who tapped it into the back of the net for SFDS’ second goal. From then on, SFDS continued to press forward and play a more defensive style, relying on Courtney McCool, Carli Bopp, Emma Meade, Kaitlin Neiswenter and Victoria Stagnitta to stand pat and fight for every ball in the midfield and shut down any further push from BT.
Both teams sense playoffs in the air and look forward to another exciting finish to another fun year. After the game, players and parents came together for a gathering of sportsmanship and friendship as betokens the good nature of this CYO program.
Earlier in the week, the SFDS Rookies took on rival St. Luke, defeating them 6-0 to keep their winning streak alive. The girls kept pressure on from the initial kick-off with three quick goals made possible by solid passing and ball control. Notching goals were: Maria Di- Carlo (4), Lauren Marten and Courtney McCool. Assists were logged by: Victoria Stagnitta, Nicole Gibson, Colleen Gallagher, Gwyn McGee, and Mollie Kuhlmann.
Midfield linemates Kaitlin Neiswenter, Kate Calciano, Colleen Gallagher and Lauren Moule held tight affording the defense an easy day. Defenders Taylor Tsatsis, Devin Gavigan, Ciara Smith, Bridget Breslin and Ava Evangelista supported the midfielders when a ball slipped by which in turn gave Rose Fay an uneventful day in goal.
In other early action, The Mite Girls (first grade) lost 2-1 against St. Anastasia. The strong offense led by Tess Howley, Caleigh Murphy, Devin Parchment and Ariana DiCarlo kept the pressure on throughout the game. Ariana Di- Carlo scored SFDS’ only goal in a show of great foot work. DiCarlo was supported by a quick midfield including Brigit Butler, Katelyn Mitterway and Catherine Green. Defensive players Ashley Meade, Erin Neiswenter and Ava Mollaghan did their best to keep the score low. Goalies Kelsie Price and Natalie DiCapua both did phenomenal jobs.
The water under the bridge at the Throgs Neck seemed to make its way onto the soccer pitch where the SFDS Midget Girls Team-G (third grade) bowed to home team St. Luke, 3-0. The girls never quit, giving it their all on a very difficult, ankle-deep muddy field. Olivia Stack and Portia Brackley tended goal for the first and second half, respectively.
Tidal Wave Playmakers Brooke Leahy, Megan Murray, Shaun Smith, Caroline Gifford and Kaylie Walsh mustered their trademark aggressive game despite the fetid northern Queens muck.
Check out http://sfdscyo.magix.net/ public/ for links to standings and schedules of the final stretch of the 2011 fall season.