SFDS 3rd Grade Boys Soccer Recap

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The St. Francis de Sales (SFDS) third-grade boys soccer team had two games last weekend with drastically different results.

Saturday's game against Our Lady of Grace (OLG) ended in a well-played 5-1 victory. The team netted two quick first-half goals as Frankie Connors scored his first of the season on a smartly played strike past the goalie, that was quickly followed by a blasted shot into the back of the net by James Moriarty for his first goal of the year.

Scoring chances for OLG were rare in the first half due to the tough defense of Cormac Powers, Michael Noone, Shane Natali and Timmy Flohr. Goalies, William Kelly and JW Youngberg, played brilliantly, stonewalling all shots on goal to keep the opposition off the scoreboard for the entire half.

The beginning of the second half was more of the same for the boys of St. Francis as Giorgio Mazzaferro got the scoring started on a left-footed boot for his second goal in as many games. The offensive pressure by SFDS remained consistent as the game went on thanks to the strong midfield play of Liam McCormick, John Petrie and Ryan Gilroy.

Eventually the pressure was too much for Our Lady of Grace to handle and the lead was extended to 4-0 by a nice pass and charge to the net by Frankie Connors and James Moriarty, who scored his second goal of the game. William Kelly was active on the offensive side of the field in the latter part of the game and that hard work paid off when he scored his first goal of the year and St. Francis' fifth of the game. The solid gold goalie play continued throughout the second half and the team made sure that their lead was never challenged as they earned a well-deserved second win of the season.

Sunday's contest pitted SFDS against Holy Child and unfortunately the result of this game was far different than the day before. The boys lost this one by a score of 7-0. Despite the lopsided score, the effort of the team never wavered and players such as Padraig O'Rourke, Billy Papadopoulos and Gianluca Coyle played with grit and a determination that was impressive under the circumstances. Brendan Hayden was everywhere in the game and certainly made an impact on both sides of the pitch despite the team having such a tough day. An on-field post game "Floss" dance-off and combined team picture with the opponents quickly erased any bad feelings the boys may have had about their loss and brought some much-needed smiles back onto their faces.

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