SFDS CYO Week 7 Soccer Recap
In a game between Midget cross-town rivals SFDS and Blessed Trinity both teams tried to hold on to their undefeated records. BT came out strong with many shots on goal, but SFDS’ staunch defense led by Fiona Mullen, Claudia Kelly and Annie McManus secured the scoreless first half. BT’s Molly Danaher scored early in the second half with help from Mikayla McClaren. Not to be outplayed, SFDS’ Vivianna Moore took the next kick-off straight to the goal, finishing with a beautiful pass to Sammie Ostrander for the tie.
Trinity’s defense remained strong, but there was no stopping a lofted kick by Ostrander that put SFDS up 2-1. SFDS held strong to their lead but with one minute left to play, a hand-ball in the box resulted in a direct kick on goal for BT. With breath held and fingers crossed, all players anxiously awaited the kick by Trinity’s McClaren, none more so than intrepid SFDS Goalie Noreen George. McClaren approached the ball with intensity, but her mighty kick sailed over the goalpost and SFDS triumphed.
On Sunday, SFDS added to their undefeated record with a win over St. A’s. Offensive play was dominated by Grace Murray, Sarah Doda, Abbey Tubridy, and Kailey Aiken, while Lucy O’Brien, Johanna Schilling, and Cece Agoglia Defended with vigor.
Sammie Ostrander scored the first of her two goals with a beautiful assist by Caroline Spaeth. Charlotte Spaeth quickly upped the score with two more goals. Claudia Kelly was quick with goal number five after dodging St. A’s defense. Many great saves by Keira Rodkin kept the St. A’s offense at bay.
The SFDS K Pee Wee Girls shook off a 2-1 loss to St. Camillus/St. Virgillius with a decisive 8-0 win over Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament. Goalkeepers Corrinne Connelly and Maeve Murnan held quiet watch as most of the action was held on the opposite end of the field. Kathleen Schmitt opened the scoring onslaught. Julia Necka-Huptysiowska took a centered pass from Chloe Murphy and quickly sliced one shot attempt by the goalie’s weak side Soon after, Kiera Price similarly benefitted from Chloe’s feel for the field. Mairead Buckley and Kaitlyn Potter then alternated plunking their 2 goals apiece. Potter scrambled madly all game, repeatedly finishing first to the free ball, or speedily daring to steal it off OLBS’ cleats.
Hard work also earned Emily Redpath the game’s final goal. Emily consistently ran her routes goalward, signaling to teammates for a pass to snap. Some pops fell short of shots, but some on-goal attempts were stopped. But she made her luck on a goal scored off a second effort slap of a rebound off the goalie. The team commanded game flow with solid ball control by Lauren Dean, Nicole Moran, Lauren Kelly, Kaylyn Sullivan and Colleen Bambury and heady tracking by Jillian Schneider, Julia Redpath & Heather O’Neill. Meanwhile, with a 4-2 season finale win over firstplace St. Luke, the SFDS G Pee Wee Girls vaulted into second place.
SFDS rebounded from a PK score just under the crossbar late in the first half as Striker Kaylie Walsh erupted for all four goals. SFDS G will face SFDS K in the playoffs, while St. Luke will square off against Blessed Trinity.