SFDS CYO Week 5 Soccer Recap
The SFDS soccer games were chock-full of goals in September’s final weekend. Plenty of our kids got their first scores of the year, and some were quite possibly with the younger guys, to ever get a goal for SFDS. The first grade boys (Mites) have started off their season with an undefeated 2-0-4 record. They have been playing hard for the past month and it has been paying off.
Sunday’s game against Our Lady of Grace was impressive with the Boys mounting a 5-0 victory. Goals were notched by Joseph Butler (3 for the game, 5 for the season so far!), Kevin Gallagher and James Cheesman, both with one a-piece. Outstanding defense by Anthony Farina, Bobby Leonard, and Matthew Martin helped to keep OLOG scoreless, along with superb goal-tending by Connor Monahan and Matthew Schneider. The offense was also impressive with great passing by Patrick McManus, Joseph O’Sullivan, and Brendan Mullen, while Michael Nestor and Michael King kept the game moving with their outstanding speed and kicking ability.
The SFDS sixth grade (Bantam) girls played three days in a row last weekend. On Friday evening, the girls were handed their first loss by the St. Mel squad they defeated for the 2011 championship. On Saturday, SFDS rebounded, beating a feisty OLOG team, 2-0. The first score came courtesy of Rian Courtney’s long cross for a quick-reacting Hannah Harkins to punch in. Then Jillan Howard followed suit, crossing a ball that Elizabeth Carmody blasted to the back of the net. This was Carmody’s first goal of the season. Reilly Mangano would not let anyone from the opposition get through the midfield.
Francesca Agogali, Victoria Meir and Paige McDade had the magic touch on defense and punting deep balls back to the offense for possession swings key to the victory. Elizabeth Meringolo was outstanding in goal with great saves. On Sunday the Bantams played a very relaxed paced game vs. St. Gregory. The coach gave every girl who typically plays defense a go on offense. The final score was 7-0. Goals were scored by Alex Dadario (2), Hannah Harkins, and Jillian Howard, with first goals by Megan Reinhardt, Chrissy Diehm and Paige McDade! The team record is a solid 6-1. The coach is very proud of the girls and said “They always come to play and give 110 percent.”
The SFDS fourth grade (Pee Wee) girls K-Team heads into its off-week 5-1-1. Kiera Price, Lauren Dean, Co-Captains Bridgette Donnelly and Maeve Murnan, and Julia Necka-Huptysiowska (2 goals) filled the net in a 6-0 shutout of St. Gregory. Rookie Kaylyn Sullivan displayed true grit and Emily Redpath channeled her athleticism to aid the SFDS offensie attack. SFDS backfield regulars Heather O’Neill and Jillian Schneider joined in the flourish, flashing ball control in upfield advances.
The next day, Mairead Buckley scored the only goal in an SFDS 1-0 victory over Hope. Kaitlyn Potter (spotless as first half goalkeeper) and Kathleen Schmitt had breakout games, challenging opponents in-tight, filling gaps for relays across zones, and growing seams for momentum.
Chloe Murphy and Nicole Moran consistently and skillfully found teammates in stride. Corrinne Connelly was tenacious in upper D-zone scrums before locking down the net in the second.
Siobhan Twomey, Lauren Kelly, Julia Redpath and Colleen Bambury sidled, tackled and ball hawked to repeatedly stonewall Hope’s playmakers. The previous Monday, SFDS’ K and G teams met. Buckley, Murnan and Price scored for Team K. Kaylie Walsh nabbed both goals for Team G.