Oct 04, 2010 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
All the soccer teams from Fayetteville-Manlius and Christian Brothers Academy gathered together on Saturday at Swan Pond in a “Pink Out” to raise money for the breast-cancer awareness and the American Cancer Society.
And as it turned out, both the occasion and the games proved quite memorable. Each game went into overtime, with the F-M and the CBA girls ending up even at 2-2 and the boys Hornets getting on the board in OT to top the Brothers 1-0.
Organized by senior captain Brian Ward, the event included a T-shirt sale built up over several weeks. More than 400 pink long-sleeve shirts were sold at $15 per shirt, with $5 of those proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. Also, a team of 10 F-M teachers and administrators took part in Sunday’s “Making Strides” walk that the ACS organized in downtown Syracuse.
Many of those pink shirts were on when the games got underway in front of a large, enthusiastic crowd that kept building through the night.
Going first in the afternoon, the F-M girls quickly went ahead 1-0 against the defending Section III Class AA champion Brothers, as Morgan Same earned the goal. Less than a minute laer, though, Alexis Koval answered for CBA, making it a 1-1 tie.
A new star emerged for the Hornets as freshman Alexis Muraco, newly called up from the JV ranks, powered a 30-yards shot into the top of the net midway through the first half as the Hornets regained the lead at 2-1. Again, Koval answered, her goal in the 34th minute leaving the two sides even going into halftime.
And there it would stay, despite a week’s worth of scoring chances. First CBA controlled the ball in the second half, and then F-M got a series of pushes. None of them worked, even with 20 minutes of overtime, as Courtney Henderson made 12 saves and Hornets counterpart Nina Quigley had 13 saves. Both goalies made high-risk charges for stops, and they proved successful.
As night fell, the F-M and CBA boys took the field. Both sides possessed tremendous defenses, and they would seize control here, as 80 minutes of regulation passed without a goal.
CBA, who had recorded several shutouts in OHSL Freedom division play, found itself trying to fend off several waves of Hornets attackers. Not only did the back line stay cool, but David Anderson proved spectacular in the net, recording 18 saves. By contrast, F-M keeper Ryan Carter would earn six saves.
So they remained 0-0 going into overtime, a sudden-victory format. Again, the Hornets brought pressure – and this time it worked as Joe Mahr fed the ball to the middle, and fellow senior Kris Alestalo poked a close-range shot past Anderson to win it.
In the week leading up to Saturday, the CBA and F-M teams earned one win apiece. The boys Hornets first beat Central Square 5-0 last Tuesday night as Mahr and Alestalo both finished with two goals. Ward added one goal and one assist as Mike Zazzara, Anthony Restante and Aaron Epling earned assists.
F-M’s girls team ripped Central Square 8-1 last Tuesday at Swan Pond, getting most of its offense in the second half. Marri Ryu finished with two goals and two assists, with Cheyenne Hall also finding the net twice. Morgan Same and Allison Baynes each had one goal and two assists as Rebecca Bowyer and Bri Dolan earned single goals. Melissa Case had one assist.
CBA’s girls beat Cortland 4-1 that same night at Alibrandi Stadium. Koval and Eva Gordon accounted for the goals, each finding the net twice as Michelle Wiese and Kara Modliszewski joined Koval in the assist column.
Two nights later, the boys Brothers returned to the field against Mexico on the Alibrandi turf, enduring the rain (which postponed the CBA girls game at Mexico) and blanking the Tigers 6-0.
Matt Marzocchi and Andrew DePerro received a showcase on this night, and they didn’t waste it. Following a 1-0 first half, Marzocchi helped the Brothers pull clear, eventually picking up a three-goal hat trick, those passes coming from DePerro, who set a career mark with four assists.
Joel Castellini finished with one goal and one assist, while Mark Temnycky and Ryan Pond also landing goals as Adrian Asuncion contributed an assist.