2011-11-11 / Sports

CYO Soccer Fall 2011 Season: Week 2 Playoff Recap

SFDS Team-K third-graders earn finals spot. SFDS Team-K third-graders earn finals spot. In the second week of the CYO Soccer playoffs, the third- and sixth-grade girls teams joined the seventh-graders by earning a berth to the finals, while the first-graders reach the end of their first interschool season.

The Bantam (sixth grade) Girls have earned another opportunity at the Diocesan championship by defeating Hope-E by a score of 5-0. SFDS was dominant, controlling the ball most of the game. The girls put heavy pressure on the Hope goalie. Maddie McDade found the back of the net first off a beautiful pass from Katie Marquardt. SFDS did an excellent job following shots and jumping on deflections. Kaleigh Gilroy notched the second goal with a monster shot from the left of the box over the goalie’s head in the left corner.

Jessica Morelli did an excellent job digging balls back to the front line which continued to capitalize. Meagan Duffy scored the third goal, finally sinking one in after a barrage of shots from the SFDS offense. Kelly Ward joined the scoring after pursuing another deflected shot which scribbled through the goalie’s hands. Taylor Slakman was on fire on defense and Makayla Beehler commanded the backfield with ease. In the second half, Claire Hughes put up the fifth goal with a huge boot from the top of the box, off a perfectly placed pass by Jessica Buckley.

SFDS Midgets Team K heads to finals. SFDS Midgets Team K heads to finals. Hannah Nicholson and Ashley Kelly shot with authority, only to have the Hope goalie make a few key saves. Caroline Kelly was excellent on defense, sending through-balls to the front line. As always, Sinead Gallagher manned the net with authority, making all the stops and sending punts right back to the offense. The girls were aggressive and hungry and will need to stay that way. They face a rematch against friendly rival Blessed Trinity in the championship game.

Before a family cheering section that treated the girls to pre-game face painting and post-game doughnuts, the SFDS Midget (third grade) Team-K paraded a homefield 2-1 semi-finals victory over Hope last Saturday. SFDS didn’t rest on its regular season sweep of Hope. Forwards Chloe Murphy, Maeve Murnan and Mairead Buckley chewed up the turf, pressing the Hope defeners. Midfielders Nicole Moran, Kiera Price, Julia Necka-Huptysiowska and Eva Powers-Velasquez each shined.

Without a score to finish the Tidal Wave’s siege, Hope regrouped and advanced as SFDS playmakers hesitated, choosing to wait for weak ball control over tackling to regain possession. Then defenders Lauren Dean, Siobhan Twomey and Bridget Donnelly pulled out the stops, protecting the outskirts of goalie Corinne Connelly’s patrol.

With the first half dwindling and SFDS again deep in Hope’s defense, charger Chloe M. took a throw-in from Julia N. and cold-cocked a shot through a gap from the 18 to the back of the net for her first goal after so many nearmisses this season. In the second half, Hope answered the 1-0 deficit with an offensive charge. A series of long-ranging volleys followed. Hope’s QB drove a turnover from midfield through the center skipping by the defense to the right flank for a crisp shot-on-goal back across her body. Connelly reversed her momentum, stretched and deflected the chest-high strike straight down, but the deflated wobbler fainted onto the netside of the line. With the game tied at 1-1, SFDS did not yield.

Jillian Schneider brought defense to the midline and Lauren Kelly poked out another crossing Hope attack. Emily ‘The Bandit’ Redpath’s clearing kick not only retired a threat but set up restarts for Kathleen Schmitt on the Hope porch. Sweeper Kiera P. brought on the tackling absent earlier in the game, and Julia ‘Wrangler J’ Redpath created her own threat-erasing breakaway. Murnan pounced on the opportunity to score from the 18-yard mark to put SFDS ahead 2-1. A well rested Lauren D. switched to the frontline, and Julia N. marked Hope’s speedsters. An eternity of playtime was left in the see-saw contest, but Team-K battled onfield and cheered along the sidelines.

The girls greeted the final whistle with a respectful celebration, smart handshakes and a coach’s offering of some extra candy to the Hope team. It was a sweet ending and the finals may be sweeter if they can again spoil juggernaut Luke’s day.

Although the first graders don’t have post-seasons, count on the kids’ spirits to be up each and every gameday. The SFDS Girls in the Mite division played their last game at Our Lady of Hope. The girls once again put up a good fight against a very tough Hope team but in the end came up just a bit short.

Ariana DiCarlo, Kelsie Price and Natalie Dicapua all did a great job attacking the goal. Katelyn Mitterway, Ashley Meade and Julia Teich were all very aggressive and kept the pressure on the home team. Tess Howley sparkled on defense protecting the goal and getting the ball to her teammates. She even scored a goal in the second half with an amazing penalty kick!

The team had a great season, learned a lot and had so much fun. They would like to thank Sean Meier for his help at their practices and Liam Howley for being their go-to Line Man. The team wishes a very special thanks to Maria Di- Carlo for being such a big help to them and for being so great with the girls. Finals Week is upon us. Let’s Go SFDS!

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