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Sports November 20, 2008  RSS feed

Weekend Not A Total Washout As Squads Kick Off Campaigns

The forecast for heavy weather put a damper on the soccer action this past weekend with all league games being canceled on Saturday. Play did resume on Sunday with the Academy teams kicking off their seasons and a number of other Gottschee squads taking to the fields as well.

U15s

In a make-up match on Sunday, the U15 Academy team took on the Lake Grove Vipers. Gottschee wasted no time scoring in the 10th minute on a goal by Fabrizio Petralia. Petralia split the defense with a burst of speed, running onto a long ball and beating the keeper with a low shot.

Blau Weiss continued to dominate play and in the 43rd minute made it 2-0 on Dillie Paljevic's blast into the upper-ninety. With five minutes remaining Gottschee finished off Lake Grove, when Matthew Praino won the ball in midfield and drilled a low shot past the Lake Grove goalie to make it 3- 0. Santiago Gonzalez had a strong game and Tarek Beckles notched his first two assists. Overall, it was a strong performance by the entire team.

U16s

In Cosmopolitan League action, the U16s defeated Eleftheria by a score of 2-1. Gottschee took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a header off a corner by Ed Caraccioli. In the second period Arik Raviv's direct kick found the back of the net to double the lead to 2-0. With three minutes remaining Eleftheria finally got on the board by converting a PK.

The U16 Academy team played their opening match away at PDA in New Jersey and were well rewarded for their travels, winning 3-1. Anthony Flores put Blau Weiss into the lead early on and then goals by Orlando Casteneda and Aaron Dennis made it 3-0 by half, essentially pushing the game out of PDA's reach. PDA avoided the shutout on a goal late in the second half.

U18s

Solid goalkeeping and a strike by Stefan Broussard were all that the U18 Academy team needed to down PDA 1-0 in their season opener. Gottschee flubbed a great opportunity to score in the 11th minute by missing a PK but the team shook it off and worked hard for the win. Both Blau Weiss keepers, Shane Wend and Jason Giordano turned in good performances.

Girls' U10s

In girls' action, the U10s beat Staten Island Alliance 2-0. Noa Sailor's precision shot from close in put Gottschee up 1-0 at halftime. Diana Paravatos dribbled and finished just before the final whistle to secure the win. Liana Felice, Stephanie Pimiento, Sarah Atanasio and Malena Suarez all played an excellent game in very windy conditions.

Girls' U11s

The U11s were upended by the Brooklyn Patriots 2-1. Blau Weiss's only tally came as a gift in the form of an own-goal by Brooklyn.

Girls' U13s

Up at Brennan Field, the U13s won a see-saw match against Lewisboro 3-2. The visitors got on the board first off a corner kick but that was nullified by Tori Antonino who scored just before half. Antonino gave Gottschee a 2-1 lead after the break with her second goal, assisted by Therese O'Boyle. O'Boyle struck one of her own shortly thereafter, this one served up by Olivia McFadden, to make it 3-1. Lewisboro turned up the pressure afterward and managed to pull within one with seven minutes to go.

HS Girls

In their final match of the fall season, the High School Girls knocked off division leaders Brooklyn Patriots 3-2. Gottschee dominated all aspects of the match with Brooklyn inflicting their damage with great assistance from the wind.

Blau Weiss struck first on a nice run and quality left-footed finish by Michelle Sabogal midway through the opening period. Brooklyn equalized on a ball across the area that should have been cleared out. Gottschee reclaimed the lead ten minutes later when Ariana Kalpaxis sent a free kick into the area where midfielder Erika Riera ran onto the ball and beat the Brooklyn keeper to make it 2-1.

Patriots drew level five minutes later on a bouncing ball that was not headed out. In the second half and with the wind, Gottschee enjoyed near total domination and struck the game winner early into the half, when Kristiana Padavona connected from about twenty yards out on the left side.

Overall the team played well, holding and moving the ball effectively. Fullback Amanda Viteri and midfielder Gabriella Bommarito had strong games. The girls finished just one point out of first place in their division and are looking forward to the spring season.