SFDS Fifth Grade Novice Girls Claim Three-Peat
Three weeks ago, the SFDS Novice (fifth grade) Girls came out to play their semi-finals game against Grace. It was locked 0-0 at the half, but then the Girls got serious and decided to finish their playoff game. Jillian Machado scored the first goal with a pop-up ball in front of the net.
Rian Courtney followed with the second goal from the right side. With five minutes remaining, Megan Reinhardt finished off Grace with her first goal of the season. Solid defense by Adrianna Calamias, Francesca Agoglia and Paige McDade, and aggressive field management and ball control by Ryan Carlton, Carolyn Diehm, Ginger Kulhman and Chrissy Diehm secured the 3-0 victory.
The SFDS girls came together after a five-week wait from the last regular season game to play the championship game on an uncannily beautiful late November Sunday.
Although it was the first time the Girls ever played on turf, they came ready to redeem themselves for their first loss in five years to their opponent, St. Mel’s.
The action started with Jillan Machado making a beautiful penalty shot from outside the 18-yard line over the goalie’s outstretched hands. No one could stop that kick.
The girls were on a high. Taylor Scaccia passed the ball to Hannah Harkins at midfield. Hannah dribbled the ball up the right side and shot a goal from the corner — SFDS went up 2-0.
Kelsey Flynn and Jillan Howard would not let the ball get past them and they blasted the ball with all their might to the forwards. Reilly Mangano and Alex Dadario used their speed to stop any breakaways from the opposition.
Elizabeth Meringolo, Victoria Meier, Elizabeth Carmody, Victoria Inga and Kate Wrynn put up a wall on defense and rocketed the ball up the field. In the second half, Rian Courtney shot the ball from the right wing and placed it over the goalie’s head to make it 3-0.
But St. Mel’s surged back and scored two goals in the game’s last 10 minutes. Paige Humphrey played goalie the entire game and was not going to let anymore shots in net.
SFDS began to worry some, but their resolve and defenses held. SFDS took the championship by a score of 3-2.
It was a tough battle; the Girls played their hearts out and it showed. It was a long season, ending with earned rewards ... now the coaches need some time off to recuperate.
The team thanks all of the parents and family members who supported the team each and every game by cheering and showing great sportsmanship to their opponents. As a spokesperson put it, “3-PEAT CHAMPIONS BABY!!!”