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Jefferson silences Goretti

October 06, 2004|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

The Jefferson Cougars avoided an upset bid by the St. Maria Goretti Gaels by escaping with a 2-0 victory Tuesday afternoon in an Apple Valley League boys soccer game.

Senior goalkeeper Andrew McKee recorded the shutout for Jefferson (10-1-1, 6-1-1), making six saves.

"I have been having a nice shutout string going on lately," McKee said. "This is my eighth straight shutout. Goretti had some good shots. Joey Spierenberg was putting a lot of pressure on me. Most of my saves were rather easy, but there were a few tough ones."

Senior Matt Speaker scored both goals for the Cougars. Speaker scored his first goal in the 36th minute on an assist from Brian Wenner on the left side. For his second point, Speaker scored on an unassisted goal on the left side in the final minute of the game.

"I am averaging over a goal a game," Speaker said. "I just go out there and do my job. I was fortunate to get my goal past the goalkeeper. Our team's play was a little shaky at times. We are going to have to play better if we want to be ready for sectionals."

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"Andrew McKee is always very reliable at goalkeeper," Jefferson coach Doug Hunt said. "I can always count on Andrew. Matt Speaker has had a really good season. He's been scoring very consistently for us this season."

Junior goalkeeper Kevin Brashears had 12 saves for St. Maria Goretti (6-8, 3-4).

"I thought that this was the second match in a row that we did well against a big team," St. Maria Goretti coach Mike Long said. "We just didn't get any breaks today. I thought that Jefferson was a very skilled and a very experienced team. They are very dangerous one-on-one, because they have a lot of individual skill."

The Cougars outshot the Gaels by a 14-7 margin.

"Defensively, we did a good job," Hunt said. "There was good communication. We covered each other well. If we play to our potential, there is no one that can stop us."

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