CYO Soccer Fall Season Week 5 Recap
The Rookie (seventh grade) girls played twice last weekend. Saturday, SFDS defeated St. Andrews by a score of 4-1 in a one-sided match. SFDS maintained control from kick-off to final whistle. Scoring started early. After a cross from Nicole Gibson, Molly Breslin blasted the ball into the upper left-hand corner of the net. The next 3 were scored by Maria DiCarlo, two off of goalkicks and one from 70 yards out on an indirect free kick.
SFDS’ passing and ball control largely frustrated Andrews’ efforts to rally. Andrews made a late second half push, breaking through midfield and slipping past the defense to plunk their only goal.
The entire team mustered a strong performance including Ava Evangelista in net. Sunday, the Rookies took only their second loss in 4 years to Hope, losing 4-3 in probably the best game of their school career.
SFDS jumped to a 1-0 lead after Lauren Marten received a pass from Maria Di Carlo. Marten gained advantage inside the box to slide the ball past the Hope goalie. Hope did not back down, continuing to push to even the score 1- 1. SFDS renewed pressure on Hope by utilizing the wings on overlapping runs. Kelly Santiago found Nicole Gibson down the left wing. Gibson took the ball back inside to her right foot and blasted one to the top of the goal for the go ahead, 2-1.
Hope retaliated, battling back to tie 2- 2. The SFDS girls never got down, redirecting to attack. Midfielders Kailtin Neiswenter, Kelly Santiago, Lauren Moule, Lauren Marten, Alex Weigert, Jessica Rivera, and Taylor Tsatsis had their toughest day in the 7 years, but still held it together no matter the situation at hand.
The defensive corps of Emma Meade, Carli Bopp, Devin Gavigan, Bridget Breslin, Mollie Kuhlmann and Ciara Smith played a strong game as well, showing their very best under the relentless pressure of the Hope offense. SFDS again took the lead, 3-2, when Maria Di Carlo found Nicole Gibson for her second goal of the game. Gibson played the left side of the field like a pro, taking the Hope player outside, then back inside to set herself for a right-footed blast up and over the head of the goalie. Hope again did not back down, penetrating the midfield and defense to snap the back-of-the-net, 3-3.
With 8 minutes left, SFDS turned the pressure on full – keeping the ball on the Hope side of the field. SFDS fired 9 shots-on-goal in two minutes but couldn’t crack the keeper. On the 9th shot, the goalie released a quick-kick, giving Hope a fast-break. They took the ball down the left side, beating the SFDS midfield and D, placed a pass to the right side for a shot that drew the SFDS goalie angling to stop.
The ball deflected off the leg of the SFDS defender away from the goalie and with wicked misdirection gave Hope the winning goal. Congrats to each and every SFDS girl who played their hearts out for this game. The girls never quit, dug deep and gave it their all on each and every play.
The Bantam (sixth grade) girls went on a scoring spree this weekend defeating St. Luke and St. Pats, each by the score of 6-0.
Both opposing teams were shy of the regulation eleven players. SFDS played even sides but ample subs and windy conditions proved the difference. Katie Marquardt, Caroline Kelly, Maddie McDade, Kelly Ward (2) and Lindsay DeBoer all tallied goals in the Luke game. Shannon Dziuk and Ashley Kelly did an excellent job in midfield, sending balls back to the forward line repeatedly. In the St. Pats game, Katie Barrett (2), Katie Marquardt, Breanne McDonnell, Megan Duffy and Kaleigh Gilroy all found the back of the net to pace the SFDS offense. Taylor Slakman and Angelina Meringolo tempered the defense and then moved to the forward line, demonstrating sure-footed passing and shooting.
The SFDS Novice (fifth grade) girls soccer squad faced off against archrival Our Lady of Hope. This is the game that every girl on the team puts an asterisk next to on the schedule. Well, it lived up to everyone’s expectations! SFDS knew they needed to come out fighting to win. Jillan Howard and Rian Courtney made beautiful center passes to the forwards. Taylor Scaccia and Ryan Carlton fought through Hope’s defense on the wings. Reilly Mangano, Kelsey Flynn, and Alex Dadario had amazing blocks and did not let superspeedy Hope penetrate their defense. Elizabeth Meringolo’s power kicks blasted the ball back into the SFDS offensive zone.
The defense was unbeatable with Kate Wrynn, Victoria Meier and Victoria Inga. Ginger Kuhlmann and Elizabeth Carmody hustled and put pressure on the midfield. Paige Humphrey did a great job in goal and forbad Hope any goals. Hannah Harkins kicked a looming bouncing ball over the head of Hope’s goalkeeper in the first half.
In the second half, Jillian Machado scored by ricocheting the ball off the post to seal the win. It was a great game and it seems sure we will see them in the playoffs. The final score ended as a 2-0 victory.
SFDS Midget (third grade) girls Team-G triumphed 2-0 in a rematch with sister Team-K. Brooke Leahy pelted 2 scores – the first a return of a throw-in that skipped back to net a step ahead of the retreating goalie. Defenders on both teams were on alert. Deep forays by G-forwards Kaylie Walsh, Devin Charles, and Megan Murray into Team-K’s boxes drew timely blocks and tackles by backs Colleen Bambury, Jillian Schneider and Julia Redpath. Team K-netminders Nicole Moran and Corinne Connelly combined for 5 restarts.
When K-striker Julia Necka-Huptysiowska and wingers Eva Powers- Velasquez and Kiera Price assailed the G trenches, Jen Quagliariello, Molly Burns and Caroline Gifford quarterbacked passes that midfielder Sophia Keeler advanced past the halfway line. The Goal-Patrol of Kelly Erhard and Shaun Smith kept empty nets for Team-G.
The Rookie Boys had a night game against Team Assissi F which turned out to be a good night. The game started slow until Kyle Hoffman spotted Teddy Stathis on the outside for a blast into the upper 90 of the net. James Carlton continued the rally with a onetouch goal crossed by Stathis (2 goals).
Hoffman (2 goals) added another goal with a PK. John Keeler with his speed, and James Munson with his long reach and stepping into the plays put on an amazing show in the backfield. Matt Coletta strolled up the left side, making cuts and found an opening on the right side of the net. Jack Watt, Sebstian Novar and Luca Bartoli helped the team at every position of the field with their aggressive plays. The tandem of Morelli and Cimino guided SFDS with leadership and strong passes – keeping the ball out of our zone.
Christian Lanzetta took over the goal for the first time this season and what a performance he displayed! Lanzetta showed what taking charge in net really means. He stopped a break away and would not let a ball hit the net. SFDS won by a score of 6-0.