AYSO soccer season in full swing

The Palos AYSO soccer season is in full swing, and a number of matches were contested last week.

Following is a recap of those reported encounters


Team #2 4, Avalanche 4

  Seven different players found the back of the net as the Avalanche and Team # 2 battled to a draw.

Scoring for Team #1 were John Mattes (two goals), Michael Kaunas and Adam Alleruzzo. Martin Kizlaitis was Team # 2’s top performer with a goal and assist, but Wael Gad, Alejandro Hucker and Kyle Donnahue all tallied as well.

Lightning 3, Team #6 3

  Another tie was registered in the Under-14 Division, as Ramiz Fakhoury scored twice and Darek Michniak had one goal for the Lightning. Jake Yerkes assisted on one of the markers.


Silver Soldiers 4, Blue Smurfs 2

  Two goals from James Hunt, plus one apiece by Matt Bogner and John Kennedy were enough to lift the Soldiers past the Smurfs.

Omar Gad distributed an assist for the Soldiers and Griffen Sterling also played well in a winning cause. Smurfs standouts included Ethan Zickert (goal), Aidan O’Leary (goal), Eric Nunez (assist) and George Evangelopolous (assist).

Blazing Energy 4, Ghosts 1

  Andrew Hughes and Matthew Senanov both booted home a pair of goals, and the Energy used those as the springboard to a triumph over the Ghosts.

Brian Sweeny notched an assist, while Hughes, Kaleb Donnahue, James Murphy and Matthew Rivera shared the netminding duties and anchored a robust Energy defense. Also helping out in that area were Mia Pagnotta, Isabel Piper, Devin Thielmann, Alaina Wolan and Maya Doyle.

The Energy were losing 1-0 in the third period when an infraction by the Ghosts resulted in a penalty kick, which Senanov converted to get his team on the board.

Team #9 5, Green Monsters 3

  Two goals by Michael Georgiou and one from Jonathan Lezon couldn’t save the Monsters from a loss to Team #9. Kevin Brennan and Yosef Ismail also played well in defeat for the Monsters.


Team #13 1, Neon Lights 0

  The Lights were turned off by Team #13, which recorded a shutout. Daniel Sweeney, Dylan Gumtow, G.G. Navarrete, Maggie McHugh, Nate Tran and William Hardison were the Lights’ principal figures in the match.

White Fury 2, Red Bull 1

  Colin Budd had a goal, but Red Bull couldn’t do any additional offensive damage against White Fury, who made off with a low-scoring victory.

Ryan Farkas, Karim Mohamed and John Vasiliades were other contributors on offense for Red Bull, while Grace Compagner, Josh Miller and Kaidence Roque aided the defense.

Rubber Duckies 8, Piranhas 0

  A four-goal effort by Faith Duggins highlighted a potent Duckies attack and propelled the team to a lopsided win over the Piranhas.

Also scoring for the victors were Aiden O’Hara (two goals), Eamonn Boyle and Nathan Colton. Keepers Haley Tadevich and Anthony Galan shared in a shutout.

Stickouts for the Piranhas included Lily Ceretto, Matthew Gilhooly, Alvaro Hucker, Maddy Meehan, Greg Sawertailo and Cassie Thornburg.

Team #10 5, Killing Bees 1

  Aydan Wilson’s goal was all the offense the Bees could muster as they dropped a decision to Team #10. Michael Jeffers assisted on Wilson’s tally and played a good all-around game for the Bees.

Blue Hurricane 3, Red Demons 1

  Tim Clancy scored, and Alan Wrzesinski, Nick VanWitzenburg and Victoria Venclovas all turned in solid efforts, but the quarter couldn’t prevent the Demons from coming up short versus the Hurricane.


Team #6 7, Orange Knights 5

  Defense was a missing ingredient as Team #6 outgunned the Knights despite Jude Welsch’s hat trick and Tessa Welsch’s two-goal exhibition on the latter’s behalf.

Tessa Welsch also passed out an assist, as did Emily Purtill.Also contributing for the Knights were Donny Chapman and Tegan Bumsted.

Team #4 6, Team #13 1

  Two goals apiece from Gavin Triezenberg and Nolan Navarrete carried Team #6 to a convincing win over Team #13. Lucas Parr and Sean Richards each added one tally for the victors.

Starring on the defensive end were Gianna Bacerott, Harry Doyle, Claire Connors, Alexandra Jancekova and Rebecca Lacina.

Ninjas 1, Green Dragons 0

  Jack Tadevich supplied the match’s lone goal, which boosted the Ninjas past the Dragons. Defensive notables for the winners were Grace Gambotz, Faisal Kherwish and Charles Librizzi.

Sharks 3, Storm 1

  Solo markers by Mari Jarmoszka, Lana Kerley and Julian Ruiz enabled the Sharks to calm the Storm. Tyler Blocker and Jackson Natenek each distributed an assist, and the latter also anchored his team’s defense.

Midnite Thunder 9, Team # 11 0

  Dual hat tricks by T.S. Thornburg and Sebastian Magiera were at the heart of a dominant Thunder attack, and the team had no trouble vanquishing Team #11.

George Vandiver and Brendan Zielinski both punched in one goal, while Layon Abuhanow and Oliver Levy were defensive staples.