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Goretti douses Blazers

September 21, 2005|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

St. Maria Goretti continued to show improvement when it edged the Clear Spring Blazers 2-0 on Tuesday afternoon in a high school boys soccer game.

Senior striker Michael Cushwa came through with one goal and one assist for the Gaels (6-2-1).

"We have been striving for a good record this year," Cushwa said. "We have been trying to pull out wins. We have a good opportunity to pull off a great record for Goretti."

Clear Spring (0-4) and Goretti were locked in a scoreless tie for much of the first half.

The Gaels finally got on the scoreboard with 13:25 remaining in the first half. After Cushwa had a corner kick from the right side, senior midfielder John Diamond got the ball and scored on a goal through the middle.

"We have been getting some good finishes off of corner kicks," Cushwa said. "We have been able to capitalize on them. I wasn't really aiming for John Diamond in particular. I just placed a ball on the 12-yard-line and as tall as he was, was able to direct it in."

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The Gaels got their other goal just 1:20 into the second half when Cushwa scored on a penalty kick through the middle.

"Basically, I have to give that goal to my teammates," Cushwa said. "John set up the play by giving a good ball to Jon Widmyer. After that, I just finished it off for us by making the penalty kick."

Senior goalkeeper Kevin Brashears came through with 11 saves for the Gaels.

"It's good to have a shutout," Brashears said. "The defense played real well. They didn't allow a lot of shots on goal. We kept on our marks and basically played an all-around great defense. We work well together as a team. We feel that we know where everybody is. Everybody constantly gives 110 percent. We have been constantly improving since the season-opener."

Blazers' junior goalkeeper Andrew Beadle collected 15 saves.

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