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Goretti hits low spot vs. The Heights

November 01, 2004|by CHRIS CARTER/Staff Correspondent

ST. JAMES - When The Heights School and St. Maria Goretti met in the Maryland Private Schools Tournament last year, the Gaels scored a late goal for a tie in regulation before winnning 2-1 in a penalty kick shootout.

The possibility haunted The Heights coach Dennis White again during Sunday's championship game of the 2004 tournament. Afterall, The Heights was protecting a 1-0 halftime lead.

"Last year we had a 1-0 lead and they scored at the end of the game and got us on PKs," White said. "This time the plan was to score on them early and often and control the game. We didn't get the goals that we wanted, but I think we controlled it well."

The Heights got another all-out performance from its defense and just enough offense to knock off defending champion Goretti, 3-0.

"This defense had played well throughout the entire tournament," White said. "We didn't give up any goals and I think you need play like that to win championships."

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Victor Faustino put the Cavaliers (14-3) on the board in the 14th minute. After a corner kick, Faustino battled for the loose ball and was able to tap it past Goretti goalkeeper Kevin Brashears for the 1-0 lead.

The Gaels (13-13-2) had no answers and were under pressure for virtually the entire first half. Goretti managed only two shots on the The Heights' goal, but the play of Brashears at the other end kept the Gaels' hopes alive.

"Kevin's abilities have kept us in so many games this year," Goretti coach Mike Long said. "He made some really nice saves today and kept us in this one too."

Brashears made nine saves before halftime, but let one get past just three minutes into the second half. Patrick Selwood took a crossing pass from Stas Cynkar and lined it to the left side of the goal, just out of the reach of a diving Brashears.

"After halftime I thought we might be able to come back and make a game of it," Long said. "We were still in it and we were getting the advantage of the wind, but it just didn't happen for us."

The Cavaliers put the game away 10 minutes later on Dave Mitchell's score.

The Heights held the Gaels scoreless for the remaining 27 minutes to be crowned tournament champions with a 6-0 record and not one single goal allowed.

ยท The Gaels and the Cavaliers took care of business early Sunday to advance to the finals.

Goretti scored two first half goals against host St. James and held on for a 2-1 win, while The Heights rolled past Bishop Walsh 5-0.

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