Back Row: Mary Pat Stanton- Coach, Elise Watson, Kioneyshka Alvira-Juardo, Michael Norris, Edward Bartnik, Isa Habeeb, JJ Kent, Sabina Bajgai, Sara Rosario, Mike Lackey- Coach
Front Row: Francois DeGrasse, Julia Broneeberg, Jonathan Allen, Kassim Kassim, Nick Barrus, Francois Nguyen, Emma Foster, Kearah Kelly, Abigail Northway
GRADE SCHOOL RECAPS FROM COACH STANTON AND LACKEY
The Grade School kids played their last game of the season and came out with a 3-0 win against Tapestry School. Moontaha Shalbi finally found the back of the net to give us the lead that we never relinquished. Isa Habeeb and Nick Barrus not only added to the tally, but shared goalkeeping duty to get the shutout. Michael Norris and Francis Nguyen did well in defense by stopping many attacks that came their way. Ed Bartnik and Sabina Bajgai did a great job playing midfield with clearing the ball and preventing the other team from creating chances. We finished our season with a record of 3-5. Many thanks to all who came to our games and supported the players!
Yesterday’s opponent presented us with the biggest challenge of the year. Nardin players had pretty good skills and it was great for our young players to learn from that. Emma Foster and Kearah Kelly were two players who showed noticeable improvements on the field. Kioney Alvira-Juardo had an excellent chance at scoring, but only Isa Habeeb could find the net in this game. Sara Rosario showed some toughness in goal by as she kept playing after getting an injury in the first quarter. We will play Tapestry next Wednesday at 3:30 pm in the last game of the season.
October 15, 2014
Nick Barrus had 4 goals in a 6-4 loss to City Honors. Both teams had good opportunities to move the ball up the field. Our defense and goalies had to work hard to keep the other team from scoring more. Special mention goes to Jon Allen, Julia Bronneberg, and JJ Kent for showing extra desire to play their best.
October 8, 2014
The kids started a busy week of soccer at St. Mary's with a 6-1 victory over Tapestry school. Isa Habeeb scored his first goal at the Grade School level while Kassim Kassim and Nick Barrus also scored. Moontaha Shalbi came within inches of adding one as her shot hit the post. Sara Rosario played most of the game as a goalie and stopped all shots except a penalty kick. The younger kids on the team showed more confidence in their abilities on the field than in previous few weeks and made numerous quality contributions. SMSD lost 8-1. Our next game is this Friday at 1 pm against St. Joes.
October 1, 2014
The match against Aurora Waldorf was a low scoring but highly entertaining game. Both teams had plenty of chances on offense but defense ruled the day as Waldorf won 2-0. Isa Habeeb and Sara Rosario shared goalkeeping duty and made some highlight reel saves. Despite the opponent's stifling defense, the Baby Bisons had some opportunities to score. It was only our 3rd game of the season and progress is showing which bodes well for our remaining 5 games. There will be 2 opportunities to see us play next week: 10/8 at 3:30 pm vs Tapestry and 10/10 at 1 pm vs St. Joes.
September 24, 2014
Once again, the team had another fast start as Nick Barrus scored his first of 4 goals just 7 seconds into the game. Global Charter School prevailed 6-4 but the SMSD players showed vast improvement over last week. The defense did a better job of clearing the ball and offense moved the ball forward more often than last week. Isa Habeeb and Sara Rosario each played a half of goalkeeping and had some outstanding saves. Our next game will be on Wednesday October 1st against Aurora Waldorf School. Please come out and support the team!
Yesterday, we had our first game of the year against Elmwood Franklin. Kassim Kassim got our season off to a good start by scoring the first goal of the game. Unfortunately, we were not able to score any more goals and the game ended 7-1 in favor of the visitors. Nick Barrus, Ed Bartnik, and Sabina Bajgai also had scoring chances. The last attempt at a goal was an exciting one when Kearah Kelly got ahold of the ball and weaved in and out of players twice her size right up to the goal in an attempt to score. Goalkeeper Isa Habeeb performed admirably and made countless great saves.
Be sure to congratulate Michael Norris, Abby Northway, Francois DeGrasse, Emma Foster, Julia Bronnenberg, and Kioney Alvira in playing their first soccer game at the Grade School level. Our next game is Wednesday September 24th against Global Charters School at 3:45 pm, the kids would be very excited to see you all there!
Coaches Michael Lackey and Mary Pat Stanton
Thank you for your support!