Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00
The Glen Cove Chemists Division 3 Girls Soccer team kicked off the soccer season on Saturday, Sept. 17, with cheers, whistles and horns as they passed their sponsor’s location on School Street during the annual soccer parade. Dressed in bright purple jerseys, the team faced the Mercurio DDS team in the season opener followed by a game with Casa Design on Monday. In both contests play was exceptional, and there were no better players for the Chemists than Lily Pepperdine and Jane Maleady who not only scored goals, but also controlled the offense and the defense. Ruth Villatoro, Douaa Ahmed and Lexi Balestrieri were sensational as goal keepers, allowing only 2 goals in 100 minutes of play. Julie Fine was a force to be reckoned with on defense, single handedly stopping several charges made by the opposition. Sarah Israel and Katherine Villatoro were an awesome pairing for the Chemists, passing the ball up the field keeping the opposition on their heels. Most importantly, the girls in purple all had a great time and exhibited stellar teamwork!
The sun was shining brightly Saturday morning, not but nearly as brightly as the perky excited faces of the children of Glen Cove.
Sept. 17 welcomed the fall soccer season into the hearts of Glen Cove residents and families. The cheers of over 300 people lined the parade route to cheer for the kids on the many different soccer teams who paraded proudly with banners and smiles. The parade started at the Glen Cove middle school and proudly marched to the Glen Cove fields on Morris Avenue.
Once at the playing fields and seated the crowd rose for the the pledge of allegiance reminding all how lucky we are to live in a free country. A wonderful tribute was made to a devoted 20-year volunteer to Glen Cove Soccer by the name of Damien Silverstein. His family and dear friends also shared in the celebration and a surprised Silverstein thanked all who watched with a beautiful tribute to his friends and family.
The children warmed up eagerly and then the games started filling the many playing fields with laughter cheering and a kaleidoscope of bright uniforms.
An exciting game occurred between the team sponsored by Glen Key Realty ltd. and Cove Photo. The children played well and hard and showed wonderful team spirit throughout the game. The well-matched teams played enthusiastically with both teams scoring goals. The Glen Key realty team declared a victory over the Cove Photo team after a close and well played exciting game. Victory was declared by Glen Key Realty team with a score of nine to seven.
Four goals were scored by 9-year-old Francesco Stoggia. Three goals were scored 10-year-old Andrew Sabatino. Mathew Ladeairous and Steven Villalobis each scored a goal bringing the final game score to nine to seven. The team led to victory by coach Bonnie Spence Burke played well and hard against an excellent opponent.
The Glen Cove Bagel Cafe played a great game against the Glen Cove PBA. Goal scorers were Gustavo Lopez, Luciano Tuo and Kevin Larkin. The pairings of Daniel May and Adrian Brunelle and Jose Bonilla and Jacob Najeera played a great defensive game. Jason Hernandez and Mario Velasquez were strong in their midfielder roles. Both Lorenzo Curcio and Kevin Guzman did a great job playing goalie.
As the day gave way to a sun-filled sky, the smiles filled the faces of the children as they made their way to City Stadium where they anxiously awaited their first game of the soccer season.
Malusa’s Mauraders of the Kindergarten division showed their teamwork as they repeatedly worked the ball down the field to score goal after goal as they played Charles of Glen Cove. Christian Bifano led the team with his speed an ability to maintain control of the ball. Nina Dubicki showed us all that girls are just as quick as boys as she brought the ball to the net time after time, with solid passing from her teammate Grayson Kopetic. The team had fun and were glad to have instruction from coach Cindy. Juliette Renaldo assisted Harrison Velentzas as he dribbled the ball in for a score. The sportsman award goes to Sophia Paulich who led her talents to the other team to even out the number of players.... and scoring a goal.
A+ Signs earned a tough 1-1 draw with Island Photography on opening day. Tigist Willson scored the goal for A+ Signs. Goalkeepers by committee Soraya Diaz, Chelsea Tabori, Edith Vanegas, and Lessley Vanegas held Island Photography to one goal. Lauren Babich, Madeline Foley and Caralena Genova helped control play preventing any further scoring chances.
It was a great opening day for Glen Floors, who played the Kornerstone Publik House at City Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 17. Glen Floors of Division 1B led their team to victory with goals by Matthew Basil, Noah Kopetic and John Michael Ktistakis. The entire team showed great talent. Skillful ball movement and speed was shown by Christopher Gielbeda and Noah Capps. First time player, Rodni Leftwich held strong in front of Kornerstone’s goal by stopping their quickest player on a breakaway. Gino Gallizzi had mulitiple assists to his teammates and along with Lucas Mattern they created a strong defense. Even though the season just started, Glen Floors has displayed outstanding team play and have already shown themselves to be a team to watch!