Editor's Note: The following Recreational Division game summaries were submitted by the Lawrence Hamnett Soccer Association.
The Boston Breakers were few in numbers, but large in heart and motivation over this weekend’s matches. With a larger, widened field Lily Bowes and Ashley Ramos found space to dribble and created many scoring opportunities. The grouping of Emma Monaghan, Kendall Jodoin, and Lexie Loughran created 1-2-3 pass combinations to take the ball down the field and put it in the back of the net. Hayley Jodoin and Kira Jolly played through tough colds to prove their dedication and strength as they tallied a few goals of their own. Rounding up the weekend lineup, Kayla Boswell, Mia Scarlata and Sophia Cook persevered showing their passing skills and great teamwork.
Despite battling the cold on Saturday, Atlanta Beat teammates Lenayah Gorden and Bella Balestrieri worked together to score several goals and play terrific defense. Megan Pressler and Diana Melendrez had great touches on the ball. Kalia Parsons-Knox continued her great improvement this season, taking the ball down the field on Sunday.
The San Diego Spirit, led by Mia Quattrochi, were unstoppable, showcasing their dribbling and passing to work the ball around the field this weekend. Kayla Leonhardt and Noelle Go were able to lead the
group by passing the ball down the field as they worked toward the goal. Sarah Birkenstock and Myla Tutor led the defensive efforts.
The Boston Breakers’ defense played very strong this weekend keeping control of the ball and allowing few goals. Isabella Sagarese played skillfully, blocking all shots on goal for her first “clean sheet” of the season. Madison Fitch was equally adept at goal, stopping several shots and only permitting one goal.
Japan fell to Canada 2-1 on Sunday in a closely contested match. Emily Whittaker and Robyn Seidman shared the responsibilities in goal and Natalie Klek scored Japan's only goal. Hailey Palombi, Jasmine Mustra, and Gabby Toatley all had excellent overall games.
Vancouver White Caps’ Alexio Gonzalez showed off his passing skill this weekend. John McKillip-Murphy was a strong force advancing the ball towards the goal while Jake Moog exhibited a lot of energy and discipline.
West Ham United enjoyed strong performances on both sides of midfield this past weekend. Despite a long absence, William Cooper returned to provide tremendous offense, registering a handful of goals for West Ham on Sunday afternoon. Tyler Van Hise added strength in goal and on attack, as did his fellow teammate Mark Holmes. Nico Tonnelli, Patrick Powichrowski, and Saketh Bireddy all demonstrated excellent passing work to keep the ball in play this weekend.
Jorge Conde’s hat trick guided Uruguay to a 7-2 triumph over Egypt. Emmanuel Storino netted two goals and Cameron Miller and Samual Fura also struck the back of the net. Goalkeepers Conde, Storino, and Neel Revankar played well between the pipes. In Sunday’s match against Belarus, Uruguay bounced back from a 2-0 halftime deficit to score five unanswered goals, earning a 5-2 triumph. Uruguay had two goals from Matt Stout and Fura and one goal from Aditya Shringi. Goalkeepers Yusuf Shaikh and Miller performed well and Sumanth Chiluvuri excelled on defense.
Belarus came up short this past weekend, falling to Honduras 4-2 on Saturday, and to Uruguay 5-2 on Sunday. Against Honduras, both Christian Fusco and Aramis Gutierrez contributed a goal apiece, with Fusco also providing stellar assistance in goal against a tenacious Honduras offense. Dominic Perrino, Ryan Stevens, and Shaan Virdee were particularly effective on attack throughout the match. The team came out quickly on Sunday afternoon, with Matthew Cooper registering both Belarus goals in the first half thanks to two excellent assists from teammate Dominic Madigan. Danny McGann was strong in goal, aided by impressive defensive efforts from Alex Wolinski and Raj Patel. Uruguay capitalized on several breakaways in the second half to lift them to victory, despite tremendous all-around play from Madigan, Fusco, Perrino, and Gutierrez.
Great Britain dropped an 8-3 match to Korea on Saturday before coming back the next day and earning a 3-3 draw with Japan. Against Korea, Great Britain received midfield support from Blake Copeland and Thomas Rotman. In the draw against Japan, Cole Heinz scored on a direct kick and added another on an amazing header. Anudeep Reddy and Wilson Leon hustled to make successful touches on the ball. Japan was paced by Cole Hammer penalty kick goal and single tallies on breakaways by Aidan White and Rithvik Nair.