Week 2 rec soccer report: girls grade 1 and 2

China 3 – Spain 0

China got its first victory of the season with a decisive 3-0 victory over Spain this Sunday.  Olivia Orlando got the scoring started in the second quarter punching in the ball after a brilliant solo run.  Tessa Loria followed then punched the second goal in minutes later off a deflection from the Spanish defense.  Tessa Loria then scored her 3rd goal of the season later in the 4th quarter, solidifying China’s victory.  Fierce defensive play kept Spain out of China’s goal led by Scarlett Bratone, Ellie Soderberg and Julia Gunster.  Spain played a good game against China, Abby Brisson had a breakaway drive coming up just short of a goal.  Tess Goldberg and Ava Anderson showed strong offensive play.  Spain’s defense was lead by the determined play of Casey Creutz. The day also saw great efforts from Julianna Lieggi and Claire Aumer.

Mexico 1 – Portugal 0

Portugal fell to Mexico 1-0, but not without a fight to the end, with back and forth breakaways only to be snuffed by both teams A tenacious Portugal midfield made up of of Sarita Nagesar and Natalie Nakayama battled for control, while outstanding defensive saves by Ellery McSpedon and Katherine Elliott prevented Mexico from scoring in the second half. Portugal put it all on the line in the 4th quarter as Lilly Brewer dominated on defense and Grace Dunhill lead numerous scoring threats to keep the game exciting until the end.  Mexico got an early goal by Abby Douglass which ended up being the deciding factor for the game. Katie Gilchrist, Natahlie Brown and Mattie Johnson provided enough resistance on defense against Portugal’s tough offensive pushes to keep them at bay. Grace Condon had several chances
at goal only to be turned away by Portugal’s defense

Camaroon 2 – Japan 2

Ellie Winter continued to be an offensive force for team Cameroon, netting her 3rd and 4th goals of the season.  Katie O’Conner and Adriana Monteagudo used some fancy footwork and deft ball control at the offensive end of the field, while the McDonald twins, Claire and Colleen, played as a dynamic duo at the midfield.  Cameroon also played some great team defense, staving off a late game offensive flurry from team Japan to help preserve a 2-2 tie.

Peru 6 – Argentina 0

Peru played a strong game, going up early with a few quick goals.  Courtney Valente, Bailey Katz, Julia Meyerson, and Katie Sheehy played solid defense to hold the strong offense of Argentina in check.  Peru was led offensively by a goals by Samantha Janos, Lucy Catalano, and Katie Valente.   Team Argentina came out strong in the second half Holly Tsang, Ava Paolucci and Emma Van Praagh applied strong offensive pressure for the Argentineans while Lily Maguire and Eleanor Moraes made a number of key blocks to prevent the Peruvians from scoring.

Brazil 3 – South Korea 2

Brazil struck quickly to take the lead on a goal by fleet footed striker Gracie Howie capitalized on the hard work of midfielders Alexandra Hart and Molly Bidwell. After so Korea scored 2 quick goals Brazil fought back with  Amelia Resnick feeding Reese McLean whose goal tied the contest at 2.  Amelie L’He’naff played strong on defense and thwarted a few Brazilian scoring chances.  Aoife Jeffries hustled throughout the game and had some great scoring chances.  Rachel Lief made a few good defensive plays.  Viviane Privat and Annie Tolan each scored a pair of goals to lead the South Korean attack. South Korea’s offense was continually stymied by fearless efforts by Eleanor Neu and Larissa Breskin who each excelled at defensive stops and turnovers. Leah Sherbansky, Kate Girolomo and Cate McLean’s nifty passing led to the go ahead goal.

Norway 7 – England 1

Norway won its second game, outscoring England 7-1, at Ingalls Field.  Regan DiNatale, Eileen Mazzaro, Kathryn Alexander, Isabelle Adler and Irina Farrell all turned in strong offensive performances.