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Gaels trick Bulldogs

October 12, 2005|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Senior midfielder Jon Widmyer wanted to make sure that St. Maria Goretti would win the Apple Valley League boys soccer championship and he did just that by coming through with a hat trick.

Widmyer's three goals led the No. 5 Gaels to a 5-2 victory over No. 4 Martinsburg on Tuesday afternoon to clinch the title.

"It feels great," Widmyer said. "We have a lot of seniors on the team. It was one of our goals at the beginning of the season to win the league championship. Now, we are going to try to win the state championship for the Maryland private schools."

John Diamond and Michael Cushwa added one goal each for Goretti. Quinn Miller had two assists and Mathew Cotluer had one assist. Goalkeeper Kevin Brashears collected 10 saves for the Gaels.

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Goretti (11-3-2, 6-1) outshot Martinsburg (12-4-3, 5-2), 14-12.

"We did a good job today," Widmyer said. "The field was in slippery conditions. We were able to make some nice combinations and some good hustle plays. Kevin Brashears had a lot of good saves around the end of the game and that helped to keep Martinsburg out of the game."

Goretti assistant coach Phil Harper filled in for head coach Mike Long, who was working.

"During the year, we have had to overcome different hurdles," Harper said. "The coaches have been busy with their jobs. It is a team effort from the top to the bottom of the organization. Coach Long prepared me all season for moments like these. When he can't make it, he leaves it in my hands. We go over all of the strategies ahead of time."

Trent Reid scored both goals for Martinsburg. Goalkeeper Nathaniel Scofield made eight saves for the Bulldogs.

Goretti got on the scoreboard first just six minutes into the game when Diamond scored off of Cotleur's assist. The Gaels struck again just one minute later with Widmyer's first goal.

Widmyer scored on an assist by Miller to boost Goretti's lead to 3-0 in the 28th minute.

Reid scored a goal with two minutes to go to help Martinsburg reduce the deficit to 3-1 at halftime.

With two minutes gone in the second half, Reid got his second goal to enable the Bulldogs to trim the lead down to 3-2.

But that would be as close as Martinsburg would get.

Just two minutes later, Widmyer scored once again off of another assist by Miller to help the Gaels extend their lead to 4-2.

St. Maria Goretti got its final goal with 15 minutes left in the game when Cushwa scored on a penalty kick.

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