Sat/Sun, Nov. 11,12 - Make-up Week for Intramurals, Travel League Week Eight.
Sat/Sun, Nov. 18, 19 - Possible Make-up Week for Intramurals Travel Week Nine.
On a great sunny fall day, it was time to start the preparation for the traditional parents vs. the players end-of-the-season match. In a warm-up contest, it turned out to be no contest. The players dominated the parents 7-3, adding to the pressure for the adults with only 2 weeks to go. The parents missed numerous chances with poor execution, certainly due to their lack of training. On the other hand, the players put it all together with a well-balanced attack. Six different players put the ball in the back of the net. Andrew Abberton led the way with 2 goals and Samantha Duggan, Julius Sum, Connor Farrell, Alex Warner and Stefani Egre had one apiece. There was terrific support at midfield by Nick Marangoudakis and Harrison Stein. Ryan McCurry supplied super support for the forwards with great passes. Debbie Chin and Billy Russo were the stars on defense. The parents feeble attempt saw John McCurry score twice and Corey Stein had his first goal since he was in school, quite a while ago. We shall see if that's enough to get them ready for the final showdown of the year. Richard Bletsch
Cabbage Patch Division
Lighting played against the Lady Bugs on a windy Sunday, October 28th at 12:00 noon. Goals was scored by Logan Ward, Giselle Correia and coming back after an injury Paulina Valentine. Joanna Mauceri, Sarah Bush, Alexandra Gootman made great game plays defensive and offensivly. Kristina Horan had a nice goal saves and Zoe Zois also did great in the field. The girls all had fun and played great.
Grizzly Bears v. Cubs - Nov. 5
The first game of November brought chills and thrills to the Water District Nov 5, as the G-Bears and Cubbies met for the third and final time this season. The game was a hard fought affair - with both sides making some some super passes, nice pull-back moves, super saves and I think I saw a give and go. The G-Bear defense was led by Sophia Leeds who did a great job stepping up to break up several Cub attacks, Mackenzie Griffin who really got her foot on the ball today launching balls out of the zone, and Dierdre Lynch who did a super job grabbing the ball on D and then making nice moves to drive up field and pass to the forwards. At midfield, Kira Crehan did fantastic job using her speed and dribbling skills to track down balls and then drive into the offensive zone. Edna Dudek did similar from her side of midfield and made 3 great passes and several nice throwins. Marcela Curio was stellar out there at midfield today, also taking balls wide around the opposing middies and then swooping in on goal, using some great speed and nifty dribbling moves. In goal, Jackie Courtesis was like a panther out there - pouncing on loose balls - thought she was going to pop the ball she landed on one so hard, and Kristen Granieri was rock solid as well, and did not let in a goal. The Grizzly Bear attack was led by Samantha Katsanos and Kaitlyn Krems who had 2 goals a piece. Sam did a super job crashing the net, making moves and slamming home some wicked shots. Kaitlyn scored one goal from long distance, far post - and then did her best Samantha imitation by making a move to get around the D, charging the net and then rocketing a shot home for the goal. Actually the little "Minnie-Me" Katie played the game of her life, with super cut back moves, nice challenges of bigger players, and launching several rocket shots. All I can say parents is that sometimes - bribery works!! Great game by all and a fantastic way to end the season. I am oh so proud of the development of this fine group of young ladies this season and I am really looking forward to carrying this success into Winter Indoor and into the Spring. Great Season, Girls! Practice 10 a.m. on Saturday. Pizza Party 12 noon at Angelettos, corner of Hillside and NHP Road] on Saturday!
Festival: Nov 12 - 2 to 4 pm at the Water District. This year will be a little different as we are going to break the age group into 8 teams of 5 players each and play to 15 minutes games. The first hour or so will be game play, the second will be for trophies and juices.
Princesses 3 Kickin' Kittens 2 Shoot out Championship
The Princesses' Cinderella playoff run continued all the way to the Championship this past week. The underdog Princesses stood up to the high powered Kittens in an exciting playoff final. Both teams gave it everything they had and left it all on the field through the scoreless regulation and double overtime. The Princesses stellar defense played an incredible game. Led by McKenzie, Laura and Brittany. The defense was always in position to prevent the Kittens from pressuring their goal tender. Jessica, once again anchored the back line, smartly advancing the ball when the opportunity presented itself. Taylor was outstanding, sacrificing her offense to shadow the top scorers on the Kitten's squad. Her team first attitude was the key to the Princesses victory. Ashley, also gave up her offense for the good of the team, concentrating on her defense to help control the Kitten's offense. Iris saved her best game of the season for the final. She showed great effort and hustle all game long. Catherine just missed netting the game winner, after receiving a pass in the goal box she calmly turned and blasted a rocket that just went wide of the goal. Daniella was all over the field, giving every ounce of strength and effort to try and will the Princesses to victory. Jailene was great in goal during the regulation and O.T. stopping all the shots the Kittens sent her way. Her clearing passes starting started the Princesses offense up the field all game long. The game was decided in the shootout. Daniella got the Princesses on the board drilling her first shot into the net. She also stopped the Kittens first two shots. Ashley then confidently stepped up to the ball and ripped one past the goaltender. After Daniella stopped her third penalty kick, Jailene stepped up to the ball with the championship on the line. After taking a breath she blasted a shot off the Kitten's keeper for the game and championship winner. Congratulations to the entire Princesses team. The girls never quit all season long. Despite not winning any regular season games the girls rallied and defeated the top two seeded teams in the playoffs. We missed you Jane congratulations on your sibling baptism. We also missed Marissa hop you had a great birthday!
Great season to all players, parents and coaches. Special thanks to Coaches Dan & Juan on a super season and also to Coach Kevin and the Thundercats for winning the team "Sportsmanship Award".
Girls Travel Division
Pantherettes 0, Wantagh Seaford Seahawks 3.
Despite all of the Pantherettes offensive pressure, they could not penetrate the Seahawks stubborn defense. The Pantherettes spent a good part of the day in the Seahawks zone, but their defense clamped down when it counted. The three goals scored against the Pantherettes were the result of lucky bounces or well place shots, but otherwise the Pantherettes defense was flawless. The goaltending duties were shared by Jennifer and Maria. The timely saves, punts and goal kicks kept their team in the game. On defense, Lisa, Katie, Ellen and Jenna were able to come up with key stops, steals and ball movements upfield. Brianna, Jeanmarie, Julia and Lauren controlled the middle of the field at midfield. They stopped many Seahawk attacks early and created offensive drives. On offense, Brynna and Jackie were able to get the ball deep much of the day, but could not punch any shots through. The girls should be commended for playing a great game by using good field positioning and finding each other for timely pass plays. They also showed great flexibility by switching positions when called upon. Great game girls.
Lady Leopards 2 Plainedge 0
It was an exciting win for the Lady Leopards as they experimented with new positioning. Two strikers, Danielle Michaels, and Kaitlin Shea, alternated time on the field. Each led the lines with bursts of speed, and great runs. Danielle kicked the ball ahead, and then jumped over opponents' feet to keep possession. Kaitlin drove the ball from every side of the field. Their energy really kept the pressure on Plainedge. Midfielders Alana Cohen, Dylan Livers, and Taylor Ross were supporting the strikers and positioned themselves for passes and for shots on the net. Alana covered a lot of ground as she found the holes in Plainedge's defense. She and Dylan both had some great crosses to teammates. Midfielders supporting the defense were Madison Cascio, Antonella Cotilletta, and Caroline Weinberg. They were particularly good at intercepting throw-ins, and getting control back to the Lady Leopards. Defenders Rebecca Lewis, Eve Rigas, and Hannah Zeitlin kept the ball away from the net as they chased down Plainedge's offense, and brought the ball up the side. Eve and Hannah got the ball out from tough spots, and Rebecca contributed to the transition game with dribbling up the middle. Our two goals were scored by Caroline and Taylor. In the first half, Caroline took the opportunity to shoot from deep, and the ball went flying over the goalie's fingertips. In the second half, after Kaitlin had a shot on goal, Taylor took the rebound, and scored the team's second goal. Our goalie was Celeste Lyons, who had several saves, one a breathtaking dive onto the ball that had the fans cheering. Great job, Lady Leopards!
Deer Park Express 2 Lady Jaguars 0 - Despite a strong start to the game, the Lady Jags were unable to score due to some excellent saves made by the Deer Park goalie. Within the first five minutes of the game, Erica Sousa shot outside the penalty box, but the shot was blocked by the goal keeper. New Hyde Park¢ Christine Castiglione, Gabriella Tomasini, Jillian Stacom and Emma McGrath made beautiful passes throughout the game while Mary Kate Sheehan and Vincenza Decrescenzo helped move the ball along the sidelines. Fifteen minutes into the first half, Deer Park drilled the ball into the left lower corner of the goal. Allison Ricchiuti, stepping in for Ashley Tuffy who was out sick, showed excellent effort in goal and made several great saves. Deer Park led 1-0
in the second half. Victoria Caccamo, Ailish Malone and Gabriela Tomasini worked hard to pressure the ball up front. New Hyde Park¢s strong defenders Meaghan Ginty, Emma McGrath, Julianne Randazzo, and Tara Feehan worked hard to keep the ball in Deer
Park¢s half for the majority of the game. Meanwhile Tara Feehan, Jillian Graziano, Ailish Malone, Erica Sousa, and Christine Castiglione showed tenacity in their shots on goal. Deer Park¢s second goal was scored in the last four minutes of the game despite the fact that the Lady Jaguars stepped up their level of play. Unfortunately, the Lady Jaguars many shots at the goal were blocked when the Express¢s goalie proved unstoppable; the Lady Jaguars couldn't get the ball in the onion bag!
Boys U11 Travel
Stray Cats vs. Port Washington - Terrific effort by all the Stray Cat players in an epic battle versus a strong Port Washington team. The highly touted match between two of the league's fiercest rivals did not disappoint the raucous crowd. The Stray Cats played a superb first half. Defenders Billy Stevens, Tyler Carrick, Bryan O'Neill, and Ryan Korzevinsky played flawless, relentless, tenacious, aggressive defense while thwarting any Port Washington offensive threat. Down 1-0, the Cats offense (Austin Ward, Ciaran Stack, Gerard Farrell, Alex Spinoccia, Matthew Huhn, Steven Cacchioli, Chris Ferlazzo) never gave up. Playing physical and uncompromising, the Cats continued to push hard until Steven Cacchioli found a wide-open Tyler Carrick, who launched a beautiful 40-foot shot over the keeper's head to tie the game at one. The second half was all Port, who simply wore down a tired Cats team, 4-1. Goalie Andrew Blumenson was his usual fine self, making eleven fabulous saves in keeping the game close. Great game, Stray Cats!!!
Jaguars vs. Manhasset - Manhasset came out strong and scored their first goal only minutes into the game. Chris Sacino took a penalty kick and blasted it past the goalie to tie the game. The Jaguar forwards - Anthony DiMarco, Brian Ambadjes, Chris Pun, Mike Zornberg and Brendan Deery played hard. Matt Pappacena had five great saves in goal. Andrew Curcio, Steven Lin and Anthony Cacchioli played tough defense. The Panthers kept the pressure up and took a 3-1 lead. Midfielders, Sean Ryan, Peter Keenan and Chris Sacino battled the Manhasset offense. Brendan Deery was on his game today. He scored two consecutive goals for the Jaguars and brought the game to an exciting 3-3 tie. The Panthers and the Jaguars were locked in battle - both sides giving their all. With only minutes remaining, Manhasset scored and came out on top winning 4-3. Good game boys!!
Lady Bugs vs. Wild Things
What an exciting game played by both the Lady Bugs and the Wild Things on this clear, cool November Sunday. It was a close game!
The Lady Bugs played a terrific game both offensively and defensively. Leading the Lady Bugs offensively was Emma Vaccaro who played a phenomenal game running the ball many times from the mid line of the field all the way down through the Wild Things defenders to goal content. Great Job Emma! The Lady bugs really played an outstanding soccer game as a team. They did not fight over the ball with their own teammate, they passed the ball to each other up to the offensive line as Jasmine Kandar made the first goal of the game for the Lady Bugs. In goal for the first half was Irene Tsahas who made excellent saves from the Wild Things shots on goal. Hugging the ball very tightly not letting the ball roll out of her hands. Terrific Irene! She was supported by her defenders Aria Nair and Tiffany Moreno who made it tough for the opposing team to get pass them. Great team work Aria and Tiffany! In goal for the second half was Julia Feldman who made excellent saves but when she switched to the offensive line she took the ball by herself down the field scoring our second goal of the game for the Lady Bugs. Great Goal Julia! Assisting Julia on the offensive, making sure no opposing team mate could take the ball away was Kaitlyn Louie who showed us that not only is she a great defender but a great offensive player as well, running the ball down the field with speed in and away from the other team. Excellent ball control Kaitlyn! Making good ball maneuvering was Daniela Omodie who had some good chances at goal but just shy of the goal post. Excellent try Daniela! The Lady Bugs were playing without the important assistance of their teammates Giavanna Maniaci, Anne Baranello and Hannah Chu. All in all both teams played a great, exciting game of soccer and we Thank All of the Parents for helping us Coaches and Asst. Coaches by being their to cheer the players on and for being able to make practices and for your support throughout the season. You are also a vital part of each and every team. Thank You! Coach Tanya. Lady Bugs.