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Jefferson girls take wind out of Gaels

October 04, 2000

Jefferson girls take wind out of Gaels



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


Both teams had an easy explanation for Tuesday's 2-0 victory by No. 4 Jefferson over No. 3 St. Maria Goretti in an Apple Valley League soccer showdown.

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"Last time we played horrible, this time we played well in the second half," Jefferson coach Tammy Miller said.

"This may be the ugliest game I've seen all year," Goretti coach Victor Della Mea said.

In a battle between the league's two premier teams, there was little to write home about for this one, outside of the up-front hustle by the Cougars. Neither squad had any true scoring chances, but Jefferson (9-1-2, 5-1-1) exacted a little revenge for its 5-2 loss to the Gaels a month ago.

"We just looked to step things up a little bit and win some balls," Miller said. "That's when we're playing our game."

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Jefferson opened the scoring in the 55th minute. Ellen Brosh's shot from 20 yards hit off the crossbar, and Lindsay Edwards fought through a defender to knock in the rebound. The Cougars padded their lead 12 minutes later when Tarah Wagman picked up a poor clearance and put it in for a 2-0 lead.

"It was all going to be about who got the first goal and went with it," Della Mea said. "They had their two quality chances and took advantage."

Jefferson keeper Beth Walsh preserved the shutout in the 77th minute, deflecting Erin Ryan's shot from the top of the penalty box on a breakaway.

It was the first loss of the season for Goretti (10-1-1, 5-1), which still has the inside track at the league title. The Gaels go to third-place Martinsburg next Tuesday and finish with Musselman and Clear Spring, who have combined for just one win in the league.

"We were just sorta here. There was no real electricity out there, and the first goal was a shock to them," Della Mea said. "Now we just have to get up for Martinsburg. It's all a matter of recovery."

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