The St. Francis de Sales soccer season has ended with the 4th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls’ teams walking off the field as Diocesan Champions. The 3rd grade boys were victorious as well. Before we head into basketball season, we wanted to highlight two of the championship teams.
On Saturday, the 6th grade girls claimed their third title in four years. The championship game victory, over Blessed Trinity, capped off back-to-back undefeated seasons. Such continued success requires a total team effort, and commitment, by all 20 players.
In two playoff games, the girls totaled 14 goals. The scoring was led by spectacular forward play, most notably from: Taryn Martin, Niamh Mullen, and McKenzie Doyle. Also contributing to scores were: Lily Warnock, Annie McCormick, and the O’Sullivan twins. The midfielders: Reese Dennis, Molly Gallagher and Sadie Corvi, controlled the flow of the games, and always outworked their opponents. The defense has been suffocating all season long, allowing only five goals total. They are led by: Jane Bender, Hannah LaPrice and Maeve Murphy. Finally, goalie Teagan O’Rourke played fearlessly and made clutch save, after clutch save, after clutch save, with one final save to seal the title game.
The 8th grade girls, in their last two games as SFDS soccer players, were able to end their careers as champions. Coach Maura O’Sullivan said: “Please thank the parents and fans for their constant support, and Bella Harkins for her help. This was a team that didn’t even score a goal for two years, never mind win a game. Coach Youngberg had faith and led the girls until they became a championship team. So sad this was their last game, but so happy for them!”.
In the semifinal game, a 1-0 win over Hope, the defense led the way. Nicolette Deriggi and Rosemary Tubridy were relentless. The name of the game on offense was ball control and Siobhan O’Sullivan and Tegan Curley were up to the task.
On Sunday night, in the championship game, the team walked away with a 2-1 victory over Saint Anastasia. Erin Hogg was incredible in goal, Cordelia Monahan, despite an injury, held strong on defense, and the game winning goal was scored on an amazing shot by Maggie Wynne.
Congratulations to all of our SFDS teams, players, coaches and parents, on a memorable season!