Editor's Note: The following Recreational Division game summaries were submitted by the Lawrence Hamnett Soccer Association.
The Boston Breakers showed improvement over the past few games as Sophia Cook used her speed to move around defenders to get the ball over to teammates Lily Bowes and Kendall Jodoin who put away some fantastic goals. Kira Jolly scored multiple goals as she was set up by beautiful passes from Mia Scarlata and Ashley Ramos.
The Chesapeake Charge had an outstanding weekend! The team came out energized and excited to put their new skills and lessons into play. The offense worked together to create some great passing which lead to scoring multiple goals. However they couldn't do this without the help of their midfield and defenders who created great opportunities for break aways and assisted in the scoring. The team has been working on their passing skills and it showed this weekend as they came together and played some great games!
The Boston Breakers continued to improve on both sides of the ball this past weekend. On offense, Talia Schenck scored a beautiful goal thanks to an assist from Courtney Williams. Elizabeth Holland also scored her first goal of the season. On the other side, Bisola Oluyomi’s strong defense held off several counter attacks, and Emily Storino nearly had a shutout in goal.
Sportsmanship was the order of the day when New Zealand was awarded a forfeit on Saturday against Sweden as Abby Duff, Caroline Wiehe, and Haley Lestician volunteered to play for Sweden so both teams could play a full-sided scrimmage. With the opportunity to play different positions, Wiehe, Duff, Sarah Smith, and Sophia Sharareh contributed their best performances of the season at fullback and midfield, with consistent effort, disciplined defense, and accurate passing.
A tie never felt so good, as New Zealand fought back to tie USA, 3-3, on Sunday after relinquishing a 2-0 lead. The Kickin’ Kiwis learned the value of perseverance and playing to the final whistle. Haley Lestician and Katie Toole spotted the Kiwis a two-goal lead. Trailing 3-2 with a few minutes left, teamwork enabled New Zealand to get the equalizer after a flurry of attacks on USA’s goal. Toole and Amyiah Fulmore assisted on Emma Paxton’s drive from the top of the penalty area, after multiple Kiwi defenders stopped yet another USA attack. Kathryn Hendry anchored the defense and started many attacks. Sarah DeFalco had an excellent game at both defender and attack positions. After being hobbled by a foot injury, the usually fleet-footed Molly McLaughlin provided game-altering saves in goal when the Kiwis most needed them.
Caroline Barkley’s hat trick guided Japan to a 4-1 triumph over Canada. Natalie Klek added a goal while Jasmine Mustra, Dara Clarke, and Hailey Palombi excelled on defense. Kamila Karwowski and Emily Andreas played great transitional games from their midfield positions.
Vancouver White Caps came out looking well rested on Sunday as Tobie Mitchell showed his growing talent controlling the ball and moving it up field. Gabriel McNamara had a highlight goal assisted by a stunning pass from Benji Kestler.
The speed of Ricky Eisenhauer and Alex Scarlata on offense and defense led DC United over the weekend. Aaron Moulder set up other players with nice passes and the tenacity of Seneca Sumners, Pranav Vaddepall, and Gabriel Storino sparked the teal green machine.
Defensive effort was the theme of the first part of the weekend for Everton as its defenders held the line until its slumbering offense awakened Saturday morning. Mike Pirone and Cole Verga were nearly impenetrable in goal. Tommy Carpinelli and Will DeFalco led by example with consistent smart passing plays out of the backfield, while Ben Lilly made numerous one-on-one tackles. Newcomer Zaidan Rahman immediately contributed with tireless play at midfield. Strong goalkeeping and defense paced Everton again on Sunday. Gavin Ireland and Amar Virdee both made numerous eye-popping saves that kept Everton in the match. Bryan Fan’s tireless efforts resulted in multiple goals. Jihad Dicks provided offensive spark. Matthew Adzima turned in his best performance of the young season with numerous passes and excellent dribbling. Eric Bruestle and Nate Duff again were valuable cogs at midfield, providing defensive support and starting the attack.
Liverpool’s Rahul Nair paced scoring for the team while Elvis Cuevas’ creativity created other scoring opportunities. Elijah Goodman displayed fancy footwork controlling the ball and Daniel Bridge was steadfast in defense, breaking up numerous scoring attempts with Jason Romero Silver tallying big saves in goal.
Uruguay prevailed in both of its contests over the weekend, besting Egypt, 6-3, and Belarus, 6-1.
Against Egypt, Jorge Conde and Matt Stout both scored twice, while Sumanth Chiluvuri and Samuel Fura added single tallies. Aditya Shringi and Emmanuel Storino excelled as goal keepers. In the victory over Belarus, Uruguary was led by Conde and Shringi (two goals each). Stout and Cameron Miller both registered the other goals and Neel Revenkar excelled as goalkeeper.
Great Britain was defeated by Korea, 7-2, despite excellent defensive play from Anudeep Reddy, Matthew Rotman, and goalie Thomas Rotman. Chase Panfili netted a goal in defeat, while injured teammate Cole Harrison continued to support his team from the sideline.