CYO Fall Soccer Final Regular Season Week Recap
In another double-dip weekend, the SFDS Bantam (sixth grade) Girls first traveled to Juniper Park to face the Hope N-Team.
Working against the wind, the Tidal Wave had a tough start. The defensive line was busy, fighting off many attacks from the Hope offense. Kerrianne Blum and Claire Hughes displayed smart, heads-up play. Unfortunately, the pressure proved too much with a Hope Midfielder blasting a crossing shot from beyond the box, hitting the left side of the net. The half ended 1-0.
In the second, the SFDS offense took control. Makayla Beehler and Ashley Kelly paced the midfield, sending balls right back to the front line. Katie Marquardt made the perfect crossing pass to Maddie McDade who sent it in to tie up the score. Jessica Morelli blasted a penalty kick to the upper right corner for the lead. Marquardt converted a cross from Kelly Ward to secure the lead for good. SFDS won 3-1. Then on Sunday, the girls played a much improved OLBS team. SFDS controlled the ball most of the first half but the OLBS defense was tenacious.
Jessica Morelli eventually found the back of the net, following her own shot to complete the goal. SFDS led 1-0 at the break. In the second half, the Bantam Girls again took attack, but OLBS managed to challenge goalie Sinead Gallagher who responded with excellent saves. Marquardt was relentless in stopping goal kicks to take shots, eventually connecting on a beautiful crossing shot her mom would be proud of. Jessica Buckley and Taylor Slakman shined on defense.
Last Saturday, the SFDS PeeWee (fourth grade) Girls L-Team tied Anastasia 1-1 to land a trip to the playoffs. Grace Lanzetta scored the goal on a breakaway. The defense held fast throughout the game except for their opponents’ lone scoring breakaway. The L-Team then defeated Hope on Sunday, 3-0. Grace Lanzetta and Cailtin Mullin both scored in the first half with assists from Kate McNamara. Catherine Lunny broke away and scored in the second. The defense was strong and the midfielders were incredible to watch as they communicated and passed the ball up to the forwards.
SFDS Midget (third grade) Girls Team-K secured a second place playoff seeding with a decisive 2-0 win over St. Mel’s. Julia Necka-Huptysiowska erupted to score both goals and nearly two more as K-shooters took aim all game. Forwards Chloe Murphy, Lauren Dean, Nicole Moran, Kiera Price and Siobhan Toomey stormed the goalie box, rattling posts, setting up corner kicks, and wearing out the Mel’s keeper’s gloves. Athletic play in the midfield by Eva Powers-Velasquez, Bridget Donnelly, Kathleen Schmitt, Mairead Buckley, and Kaitlin Potter fed K’s full-throttle forward press. Defenders Colleen Bambury, Lauren Kelly and Jillian Schneider managed the drifting minutes by snapping to the task at the moment’s call.
Steadfast goalies Corinne Connelly and Maeve Murnan (first appearance in net this season) crafted a shut-out finale.
The Midgets look happily to the return of teammates Emily and Julia Redpath when they bring their Strike- First brand of play to the post season. They’ll rely on a repeat of the regular season success by goalmakers Murnan (3), Julia Redpath (3), Price (1), Dean (1), Buckley (1) and netminding regular Connelly.
The day after drawing a scoreless tie with Blesssed Trinity, the SFDS Midget Girls Team-G rolled into the playoffs with their own win over the Mel’s Wildcats. Breakaway forward Kaylie Walsh captured 4 netters from points outside the 18 as well as right on the goal box for all of SFDS’ scoring. Shot-takers Olivia Stack, Casey Gilroy, Brooke Leahy and Megan Murray scrambled Mel’s defense.
Kelly Erhard, Caroline Gifford, and Fallon Brackley braved the cold by icing the Wildcat forwards before they could get started. Portia Brackley, Molly Burns and Jennifer Quagliariello were quick as well. Mel’s converted 1 penalty kick, otherwise Shaun Smith and Ms. Erhard locked down the goalposts in Team-G’s 4-1 triumphant regular season ender.
The SFDS Squirt Team Gold (second grade) Girls triumphed 2-0 in their second meeting with SFDS Team Blue. Claudia Kelly scored both goals from outside the box to seal the win. Kailey Aiken, Reilly Nichtern, Fiona Mullen and Sammie (Speedy) Ostrander all had amazing shots-on-goal that just didn’t pass the aggressive Team Blue goalies. Team Gold’s defense was unbeatable with Molly Green, Alexa Giambra, Maisie Courtney and Maggie McIvor sending balls back to the offensive line repeatedly. The star of the game was goalie Diane Erhard. Playing goalie for only the second time this season, Erhard did an amazing job with severaldivingsavesincludinga1on1 free kick by Team Blue to secure the shutout.
The SFDS Mite (first grade) Girls took a disappointing 3-0 loss to Blessed Trinity. The girls put up a good fight with Tess Howley dominating the ball supported by Caroline McEnroe and Kelsie Price. Kathleen Burns, Kristin McDonnell and Ava Mollaghan showed strong defense. Leah Meier and Caleigh Murphy both did a great job keeping the ball on the opponent’s side. Special mention goes to hard-working goalies Katherine Doda and Maura Edwards for terrific work and also to Katelyn Mitterway who stepped into goal for a bit to help us out.
The Rookie (seventh grade) boys’ busy weekend started off with a Friday night game vs. Assisi R. The usual line-up was altered with Hoffman starting in goal (due to last week’s concussion), and Savino at left wing. Savino showed everyone there is a left foot in soccer with 2 assists. Jonathan Machado had the other hot foot with 3 goals. Luca Bartoli played stopper allowing Joe Morelli to score the final goal as forward. Jack Watt played a strong role in the backline with aggressive moves along with James Munson and Danny Lynch. SFDS rose to a 4-0 victory.
The next morning the Boys faced St. Mel’s. They knew beforehand it was going to be a hard, physical game. With just one substitute they knew they had to step up their game. Mel’s found the back of the net first which fired up the boys. Christian Lanzetta gave a cross to Kyle Hoffman who finished it with a blast into the left corner. Lanzetta played an unbelievable right half. Mario Cimino spotted out Mel’s lead player for and shut him down after the first goal. Cimino was on him like glue.
Watt, Munson and Morelli communicated and worked so well together taking the momentum away from Mel’s offense. Matt Coletta, Kyle Hoffman and Lanzetta controlled the midfield, working and supporting the defensive and offensive lines. The Lanzetta/Hoffman duo worked awesomely together with Lanzetta assisting Hoffman on each goal of his hat-trick. The game was physical on both ends, with the intensity never breaking. Danny Lynch, Luca Bartoli, John Keehler and James Carlton kept driving the ball, pressing Mel’s goalie.
Dominic Savino had the magic gloves on, showing leadership inside SFDS’ 18-yard box. Topping it all off, with 10 minutes remaining, Cimino gave a beautiful through-pass, splitting the defense to hit an unmarked Carlton who found the back of the net to finalize the victory. All 12 boys played an amazing game.
To close the weekend, SFDS played St. Patrick’s and the de Sales’ full roster came to this game. SFDS started slow, recovering from the Mel’s match. John Keehler stole the show with 3 goals within 10 minutes. Blink your eye and there was John kicking the ball into the back of the net.
Munson followed his footsteps with his first two goals of the season. Coletta drove a beautiful header into the upper 90 off a CK from Machado. Coletta added another goal a few minutes later. Lanzetta and Savino moved from D to the forward line making their presence known with a goal apiece. Elbows were flying but did not stop Teddy Stathis from assisting on 3 goals. Sebastain Novar and Lynch also contributed to 2 assists with strong quick passes. Hoffman and Stathis took charge of the net in the second half. Sales again rose to victory the third time this weekend with a 9-2 win over Pat’s. Coach Bartoli added a surprise at the end with his favorite cream pie. The boys follow a long, successful weekend by resting sore muscles readying for the playoffs.
SFDS Boys from the third, sixth and seventh grades were playoff bound. The fourth and fifth grade teams were play- ing for spots in their final games.