2012-10-19 / Sports

SFDS Enjoying Good Times On The Soccer Field

Mite striker Matt Stack marvels at teammate Brendan Mullen’s fearless netminding. Mite striker Matt Stack marvels at teammate Brendan Mullen’s fearless netminding. There were wins up and down the line for the SFDS soccer squads, which have made the players happy and the coaches grin.

The first grade boys rode their hot winning streak this past weekend to a 3-2 victory over St. Gregory’s on Saturday and a 0-0 tie against St. Francis of Assisi on Sunday, extending their undefeated record to 3-0- 5. Matthew Stack was on fire leading the offensive line, scoring all 3 SFDS goals with assists from midfielders Joe Butler and Michael Nestor. In the first half, goalie Matthew Schneider shut out the opposition with two sweeping saves.

Brendan Mullen took over as goalie next half, doubling the number of saves as St. Gregory’s offense came alive. SFDS’ impressive defensive line consisting of Bobby Leonard, Joe O’Sullivan, Michael Alfano and Patrick McManus held the opponent to only two goals. Forwards Michael King and Harrison Fiore kept the pressure on with swift ball movement, challenging St. G’s defense throughout the game. The Tidal Wave defense maintained a tough stronghold on Sunday as well with bold moves by Patrick Martin, Connor Monahan, Kevin Watters and James Cheesman. Matthew Bambury stepped in for a dominating appearance as goalie.

Starting goalie Corrine Connelly heads to St. Mel’s net in SFDS’ 3-0 win. Starting goalie Corrine Connelly heads to St. Mel’s net in SFDS’ 3-0 win. With only two games left in the season, the Mighty Mites are making their coaches Howard Schneider and Robert Alfano very proud.

The much anticipated match between the SFDS sixth grade (Bantam) girls and rival Our Lady of Hope played out favorably for our girls this past Saturday in Juniper Park. On a crisp and chilly fall day, Alex Dadario recorded her first-ever hat-trick to spearhead the 3-0 victory. The win pumped the team’s record up to 7-1. The scoring started with Jillian Howard kicking a penalty shot in the air, and Dadario was there to set the deflection off a Hope player and shoot the ball in the net. The next two goals started as beautiful crosses by Rian Courtney and Jillian Howard from the right side that Dadario punched in.

SFDS forward Kiera Price keeps pressure on the Mel’s defenders. SFDS forward Kiera Price keeps pressure on the Mel’s defenders. Hannah Harkins and Kelsey Flynn were fierce and stopped Hope in their tracks with every pass. Ginger Kuhlmann and Taylor Scaccia had great ball control and attacked from both sides of the field. The SFDS defense was unbreakable; Francesca Agoglia, Victoria Meier, Kate Wrynn and Megan Reinhardt blasted the ball to the forwards every time it came near them. Reilly Mangano tracked down any breakaways by Hope with her super speed. Elizabeth Meringolo made a couple of saves, and delivered booming drop kicks to the other side of the field.

The eighth grade boys started the week off with a 6- 0 win against St. Andrews. Dominic Savino took control of the net in the first half, then handed off the magic gloves to Teddy Stathis who continued to hold off the opposition. Kyle Hoffman had the hot foot for SFDS by scoring 4 goals. Mario Cimino and Joey Morelli had several assists that led to the goals. Christian Lanzetta had a blast outside the 18 that hit the upper 90.

Matt Coletta closed the door with the final goal. SFDS faced St. Mel’s next. The Boys knew it would be a physical game. Savino played unbelievably well, taking full charge of the net and the 18. Sweeper Joey Morelli took command of the defense with the assistance of Sebstain Navas, Jack Watt, and Mario Cimino.

The Boys defended their zone with teamwork and hard play. Joey started the scoring off with a lead pass to Hoffman who received and shot the ball into the upper right hand corner.

James Carlton was back and what a job he did keeping pressure on the defense from the field’s left side. Middies Matt Coletta, Christian Lanzetta and Teddy Stathis did a fine job supporting both ends of the field and driving the ball to the net. Cimino gave a through pass to Hoffman who once again finished it up with a blast to give SFDS a 2-1 win.

The next game for the boys was against their friends down the road, Blessed Trinity. Luca Bartoli started it off with a shot inside the 12 to find Danny Lynch tracking the ball. Lynch followed it up for SFDS’ first goal. Play shifted back and forth until James Munson broke the stalemate with a one touch that found the back of the net. SFDS won with a score of 3-0.

The final game of the week was against St. Matthias. The opponents were strong and quick, but SFDS was ready for the challenge. Jonathon Machado lifted the team with a hard blast outside the 20 that hit the upper left corner of the net. Defensive players Sebastian Navas, Jack Watt, Joey Morelli, Dominic Savino and Mario Cimino all had their game on.

Midfielders Matt Coletta, Christian Lanzetta, James Munson and Kyle Hoffman moved the ball down field so well feeding the ball to the front line and also making strong plays to the net. Teddy Stathis, and Jonathon Machado worked the outside with strong crosses and footwork to drive past the defense.

Danny Lynch. Luca Bartoli, and James Munson kept the pressure on the St. Matthias goalie gamelong. Cimino started the next drive by crossing the ball to Hoffman, who spotted Stathis inside the box. Stathis timed a beautiful one-touch for the third goal. Hoffman finished it off with the final goal. Sales came out on top with a 4-2 win. The boys played hard and communicated as a team throughout the game.

SFDS K’s Emily Redpath and Colleen Bambury captained the fourth grade girls team to a 3-0 win over St Mel’s. In the first half, Chloe Murphy made a great pass through the middle to Mairead Buckley who popped it into the top of the net for the first goal. In the second half, Kinetic Kiera Price propelled a shot that shook the post. Corinne Connelly slapped the rebound into the back of the net for goal two. Lauren Dean took a roller for a ride the whole length of the field before scoring the final goal.

Siobhan Twomey took over as goalie for Ms. Connelly in the second and preserved the shutout with a terrific game ending save. This Pee Wee Team preps for the last two games with a hold on second place, behind division leading St. Luke and just ahead of sister squad SFDS-G.

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