SFDS Soccer: Bantam, Pee Wee Girls Undefeated Starts
Maybe you’ve noticed them on their way to the field: the kids in the cleats, shinguards and St. Francis de Sales Blue and Yellow uniforms. CYO Soccer’s fall 2012 season is underway and SFDS is geared up for interparish play.
True to form, last years finals’ reps from the Girls Bantam and Pee Wee groups have jumped out ahead. On Saturday (September 15), the SFDS sixth grade (Bantam) girls team recorded its third straight victory with a decisive 2-0 win over Our Lady of Grace on artificial turf. Lizzie Meringolo kept her scoreless streak intact as goalkeeper. Both goals were scored early, first by Alex Dadario, then Hannah Harkins. The SFDS defenders were relentless all game. You could see the Our Lady of Grace players were frustrated as play became more and more physical. Paige McDade, Amanda Deriggi, Victoria Meir and Carolyn Diehm blasted the ball up the field. Reily Mangano and Kelsey Flynn sprung every break-away with lighting speed. You wonder if Grace knew what hit them! SFDS had many shots-ongoal that just missed by inches. With SFDS staying on their goal most of game, the opposition defense tired, but didn’t give up and put up a good fight. It was a great win for the girls. They are looking better with every game.
The fourth Grade Girls SFDS K Team is also off to a strong 2-0- 1 start. The Pee-Wees opened under monsoon like conditions at Alley Pond Park against St. Gregory. Team captain Lauren Kelly won the coin toss and striker Julia Necka-Huptysiowska broke out quickly, taking the ball at midfield, dribbling through all defenders and finishing with a spectacular shot in net for the K team’s first goal of 2012. Midfielders Bridget Donnelly, Lauren Dean, Kiera Price and Corinne Connelly pinned Gregory in their own end for most of the first half, leaving Tidal Wave goalie Nicole Moran untested.
Before the break, added another goal with a terrific shot St. G’s netminder could not handle. As the storm intensified in the second half, the SFDS attack continued with Necka-Huptysiowska completing her hat-trick. St. Gregory managed a goal, but Kiera Price quickly returned the favor. Resilient defense from Kathleen Schmitt, Jillian Schneider, Lauren Kelly, Siobhan Twomey and second half goalie Kaitlyn Potter shut down any further offense. SFDS forwards Nicole Moran, Emily Redpath, Mairead and Julia Redpath harrassed the G D-line, ending with a great shot from Buckley that rebounded off the Keeper for Julia Redpath’s first, and Game 1’s final goal. Although everyone was soaked, SFDS K was happy to take the 5-1 win.
Two days later, the SFDS K spirits remained high for a bright afternoon contest with SFDS Team G. Kaylyn Sullivan and Heather O’Neill joined the squad on defense. Maeve Murnan, Coleen Bambury and game co-captain Chloe returned to the forward line. Necka Huptysiowska proved an all-weather scorer with her fourth in two games. Murphy chalked up game 2’s only other score. Corinne was unsolvable in net as SFDS K stopped Team G, 2-0.
Following a solid midweek practice session, Connelly backstopped and cocaptained, along with Kiera Price for Friday night’s lamp-lit 1-1 draw against Breezy’s Blessed Trinity. Necka-Huptysiowska extended her goal scoring streak to 3 games, one of many big strides promising a winning run for this team. SFDS K has seven games left on the schedule, with six of those at Fort Tilden. The team looks forward to the first meeting with St. Luke since the championship shoot out and a visit to that Broad Channel championship field against league newcomer and x-factor St. Camillus/Virgillius.