Editor's Note: The following Recreational Division game summaries were submitted by the Lawrence Hamnett Soccer Association.
The Atlanta Beat had a strong showing this week from all 12 of its players. Mia Turco and Charley DeMarco made great defensive moves, Maria Madigan and Jamie White took the ball straight to goal on several occasions. Caelyn LaFlamme and Alex Murphy did a great job pressuring the ball.
Kayla Bridgers was on fire in the Boston Breakers’ weekend games as she created many scoring opportunities for her teammates. Hayley Jodoin and Emma Monaghan played short-handed most of the weekend, but managed to capitalize on their fantastic passing skills to help score multiple goals. Lexie Loughran’s focus and determination was evident throughout her play as she perfected eluding defenders and making her way to the goal.
Another thrilling weekend of soccer passed in which the Boston Breakers girls played with plenty of heart against two tough teams. Abigail Monacchio was a brick wall stopping every shot at goal and several breakaways to keep a clean sheet. Gwyneth Moore was an offensive force scoring twice in just one half and Emerson Dalton was exceptional in making plays from her midfield position.
The Chicago Red Stars shone over two great days of soccer last weekend with impressive possession style play and committed teamwork. On Saturday, the relentless pressure of their opponent was contained by the defensive strength of Kacey Cavalieri, Elsa Fura, and Julia Roman. Melissa Bridge and Morgan Boone came up big in goal each making several impressive saves. Emily Jorgensen and Claire King showed their offensive skills by finding the back of the net several times. In Sunday’s games, additional offensive opportunities were created by Siani Saunders working the midfield with good balls and strong throw-ins down the wings. Relentless play and fancy passing by Heaven Juarez and Anne LeMorvan kept the ball moving toward the goal and Kiran Mak and Emilia Dimayuga put in a strong effort and pressured the opposition to deny them time on the ball. Goalies Elena Weingarten and Ailish Humphreys once again showed their knack in net with key saves.
Team Sweden poured it on early, and dominated throughout play in a stirring 5-2 victory over previously unbeaten Korea in the Girls 9-10 division of the Lawrence Hamnett Soccer league. Olivia Zebrowski, Emily Ordonez, Alien Tomat-Kelly, Ellen Briggs and Maeve Brigs provided the scoring as Sweden took a 3-0 lead into halftime and finished strong with spirited action on both sides of the field. Lily Carpinelli, Samantha Staub, Jewell Baker, Emily Pirone, Emma Spadea, and Jordan Pelovitz contributed stout defense and enabled a fast attack with exceptional passing and opportunistic play. On Sunday, Team Sweden did it again with a strong effort from a depleated roster en-route to a 3-0 victory over South Africa. Olivia Zebrowski scorred, as did Emily Ordonez – twice – to bring team Sweden to a winning record with a 3-2 season mark. Next weekend’s game against team USA is sure to be a tough task, but the Orange-clad girls from the Girls 9-10 division of the Lawrence Hamnett Soccer league are up for the challenge!
Japan split their two games this weekend defeating France, 5-1, and losing to USA. Two goals from Natalie Klek and single tallies from Catherine Kildea, Erika Diefenbach, and Emily Andreas helped Japan in its win over France. Strong defense was supplied by Caroline Barkley and Kamila Karwowski. Gabby Toatley and Emily Whittaker shared the victory in goal. In the loss against USA, Robyn Seidman and Andreas played great in goal, while Jasmine Mustra and Hailey Palombi both demonstrated outstanding teamwork and hustle. Kildea played extremely well offensively and defensively.
Real Salt Lake had another great weekend with the help of some newcomers and cousins Edwin Garcia and Benjamin Gonzalez.
The Vancouver White Caps looked strong this weekend with Matthew Prawdzik moving the ball forward. Garrett Heffern kept the offensive force on while Quincy Rose maintained the backline and took advantage of his opportunities. The combination of James Sannella’s stifling defense and Logan Lutolf’s offensive prowess proved to be effective.
Liverpool enjoyed excellent teamwork last weekend. On offense, Adam Cook and Matthew Tran provided consistent pressure through aggressive dribbling and strong shooting, while Matthew Smith's persistence paid off with a beautiful goal in the far corner. Siddanth Pabba and Joshua Goodman relentlessly chased the ball and waded through crowds to poke it free. In the midfield, Giovanni Perez worked hard to win the ball while Stephen Gilton’s brilliant passes forward led to teammates’ scoring chances. At the defensive end, Caleb Solidum and Michael Bridge showed speed and hustle to challenge and block multiple shots.
Belarus proved evenly matched against New Zealand and Egypt this past weekend, and came away with well-played ties on both occasions. On Saturday’s 4-4 match against New Zealand, Dominic Madigan registered his second hat trick of the young season, with Matthew Cooper adding the tying goal. Christian Fusco and Danny McGann shared goaltending duties, and each fought off a barrage of shots from the Kiwis late in the game.
Egypt’s furious second-half rally from a three-goal deficit earned it a 3-3 draw with Belarus on Sunday. For Belarus, scoring was provided by Madigan, Aramis Gutierrez, and Raj Patel who capitalized on a penalty kick in the second half. Fusco, Dominic Perrino, and Alex Wolinski contributed excellent efforts on both sides of the field, and Ryan Stevens supplied outstanding defensive support to hold off a tenacious Egypt offense late in the game. For Egypt, Matthew DeMott opened the second-half scoring and then Joey Pirozzi tallied before assisting Jack Kearns for the tying goal. Jake Ramos played a solid second half in goal by holding Belarus scoreless.
Two goals apiece from Matt Stout and Jorge Conde led the way for Uruguay in a 6-4 win over Morocco. Cameron Miller and Samuel Fura also scored to support goalkeepers Aditya Shringi, Braeden McDermott, and Neel Revankar. On Sunday, in Uruguay’s 4-2 win over New Zealand, Uruguay had two goals from Conde and one goal each from Samuel Fura and Aditya Shringi. Goalkeepers Yusuf Shaikh and Shringi played great with excellent defense from Sumanth Chiluvuri.
Great Britain split its contests over the weekend, earning a hard-fought 6-4 victory over Mexico on Saturday before suffering a 7-3 setback to Brazil on Sunday. The Panfili brothers—Dino and Chase—netted all of the goals in Great Britain’s triumph over Mexico. Defender Rajiv Thumala cleared the ball from the goal, Cole Heinz dominated the field with his headers, and Thomas Rotman, Wilson Leon, and Blake Copeland all held their positions strong. George Bishay second-half goalkeeping heroics saved the day. In the loss to Brazil, defenders Matthew Rotman and Seamus Meagher gave their best efforts, striker Anudeep Reddy fought hard throughout the game, and Thumala scored a goal.
Senegal went undefeated over the weekend, outlasting Brazil and Korea in tight contests. Senegal bested Brazil, 5-3, thanks to excellent offensive play by Calvin Ankener (two goals) and Anthony Moore (three goals), powerful goaltending by Aidan Wilson, and strong defensive support by Nick Settembrino and Alex Wiget. Playing without any substitutions Senegal then squeaked by Korea, 2-1, on Sunday with Juan Camilo Logan scoring both goals with support from Wiget and Wilson. Goalie Wyatt Wilson-Gore and defenders Michael Mandigo and Zach Verga excelled.