Kosmos Teams Win On Sunny Weekend
What a beautiful weekend to play soccer! All the Kosmos soccer teams did well and progressed in their divisions. Saturday, Nikh girls took to the turf field of Aviator challenging the North Shore Strikers.
Nikh continued to press the ball onto their opponent’s side. Very rarely did the fullbacks Lauren Koenig, Taylor Bryan, Niamh Gormley or Grace Lanzetta allow the ball to go near their goal.
Jill McCabe and Kaysea Jenkusky saw a lot of action on the left side of the field and continually took shots on goal. Kate McNamara and Bianca Flores succeeded as center forwards, being aggressive and kept the ball in the opponents half. Noelle Carey as left forward had a few opportunities with the ball. Sydney Urban also scored three from the outside.
During the second half of the game, Bryan, playing center forward, scored on a cross to the center. Shannon Beissel, again, completely protected her goal and did not allow any goals to go by her. Nikh beat North Shore 5-0.
The BU10 Kosmos Poseidon team, in their quest for a divisional championship, defeated New York International Soccer Club Flamingo, 5-1. The Flamingos, who were previously undefeated, met a determined Kosmos team which displayed an excellent team effort. The defense, once again led by Brian McGinn, Jason Moore and Luca D’Ambrosio, did not allow the opponent many scoring opportunities.
Thomas McGinn swept the center of the field, making tremendous attacking runs to the corner and crossing the ball into the box giving his teammates many scoring opportunities. These crosses led to goals by Dean Hanrahan and Kyle Duffy. John Curte had a breakout game in using a bundle of energy to score two goals.
Shawn O’Keefe and Ryan Gibson, each playing on the wings, kept driving the ball forward and made skillful passes. Sean Hennessy had another outstanding game, showing his wide range of athletic ability to make great plays in the first half as the goalkeeper. It also included making long distance punts, which caught the opponent off guard. He also outran the defenders a number of times in the second half and finished with one goal. Ryan Gibson had an excellent second half as goal keeper, making numerous saves and getting the ball quickly to his teammates.
The Kosmos Techno U13 girls tied Lynbrook/East Rockaway Synergy at 1-1 in a hard fought battle of ball control and field positioning at Aviator Complex. From the initial whistle, both teams battled hard for possession and momentum. Lynbrook opened up the scoring, but the Kosmos’ girls never backed down. Each line of girls held its own and stopped all but one shot attempt that Lynbrook had on goalie Rose Fay.
Techno came out strong in the second half, with solid passing from midfielders Kelly Santiago, Nicole Gibson, Lauren Marten, and Gwyn McGee. The midfielders produced numerous give and go’s with forwards Molly Breslin, Maria Di Carlo, and Annette Tikkop, but to no avail; they could not net one.
Fay then saved a Lynbrook shot on a fast break, gained her composure, and punted the ball upfield. Molly Breslin took the ball just about midfield and beat three defenders in a foot race down to the 18-yard box, cut in to the middle and blasted one past the Lynbrook goalie to knot the game at 1.
The combination on defense of Katie Sammon, Emma Meade, Carli Bopp, Bridget Breslin, and Alex Berman, helped keep the game in a tie. The team is looking forward to a week off so that everyone can come back strong and healthy.
Back at Fort Tilden, the Kosmos Eris girls tied Busby SA Power at 1-1. Kosmos Eris were on their toes and very aggressive. Maeve Murnan, Nikki Cimino, Eva Powers and Victoria Catalano were not letting anything go by them during the first half. Forwards Sofia Edri, Grace Butler and Emma Davey were on top of the ball and tried many times to get the ball into the net. Kristin Green, Julia Necka- Huptysiowsk and Kelly Erhard forced the Busby to rethink their game strategy. They had multiple breakaways but had trouble getting the ball into the net. Emma Baldwin and Kelly Erhard, again, played great goalies!
Nemesis U8 girls came to the field ready and eager to play soccer on Sunday morning. Their opponent, Lawrence Woodmere, had no idea what was in store for them as Nemesis won, 5-0.
Following the U8 girls, the U9 Eris boys did the same by overpowering their opponents from Wantagh, 4-1. The teamwork and skills have greatly improved for this team since they first started together as a team in March.
Late afternoon Sunday, the Girls’ U7 Tyche team had a successful game in their first meeting with the Mineola Rampage on Mineola’s home field. Two quick goals were made by Emily Harkins and Caoimhe Gormley, giving Tyche an early lead. However, the opponents came back to score twice.
Jenna Colleran, Caroline McEnroe, and Ava Mollaghan fought hard on defense to keep the ball away from the goal. Brigit Butler was aggressive on the offensive line. Ariana DiCarlo showed great flexibility alternating among offense, midfield, and defense. Fallon Ris and Lily O’Neill once again did a tremendous job in goal.
Kelsie Price stepped up to give the goalies a break, and while goaltending did an impressive job blocking a penalty kick resulting from a handball in the box. The girls were determined not to let the game end in a tie. With seconds left in the game, Emily Harkins blasted the ball to break the tie. Congratulations to the girls for a great win!