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Goretti's girls meeting goals

August 25, 2000

Goretti's girls meeting goals



Private school state champions off to 2-0 start

By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


After winning the Maryland Private Schools state girls soccer championship last year, St. Maria Goretti would like nothing more than a repeat performance.

The Gaels have 10 of 11 starters back from that team, and are off to a 2-0 start this season, including a 2-0 victory over the Martinsburg Bulldogs on Thursday in an Apple Valley League game.

"It is a good nucleus of players that know the system," Goretti coach Victor Della Mea said. "When you know the system, much of the learning process is over. All that you are basically doing is correcting mistakes and working on different game situations."

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Goretti's defense made few mistakes against Martinsburg, and the ones they did make were cancelled out by the play of Senior goalkeeper Lauren Costello, who made 20 saves to get the shutout.

"I am extremely proud of our defense for stepping up to the ball at every opportunity," Costello said. "They go out of their way to protect me and that is what leads us to victory."

"I was impressed with Goretti's ability to control the ball," Martinsburg coach Tim Michael said. "Their defense was good; there was no doubt about it. They stopped everything that we put up."

Junior midfielder Bobbie Johnson scored both goals through the middle during the first half for the Gaels (2-0, 2-0). Johnson got her first goal on an assist from Erin Ryan with 23:20 remaining, and added her second on an assist from Meggan McGill at 2:33.

"I couldn't have scored the goals without the assists," Johnson said. "I was just there to finish it off."

Goalkeeper Jami Orlando made 18 saves for Martinsburg (1-2, 0-1).

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