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Saints blank Gaels

September 01, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

ST. JAMES - The St. James boys soccer team showed no signs of opening day jitters as the Saints shut out St. Maria Goretti 4-0 Thursday.

"Everything just went right," St. James coach Chris Downs said. "Everything fell into place for us. It's a great way to open the season, a great first win."

St. James senior goalkeeper Bennett Opitz made 10 saves as he recorded a shutout.

"I personally thought I did pretty well," Opitz said. "I got lucky a few times. Everybody played hard for us."

St. James got on the scoreboard in the 34th minute when Gino Rosignano scored from the left side off an assist by Jae Lee.

The Saints quickly added another goal in the 37th minute as Lee centered a pass to Hunter Lind, who booted the ball past the Goretti keeper to give the Saints a 2-0 lead at the half.

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Rosignano struck again for the Saints in the 55th minute, scoring off a pass from Cullen Garrity. Lind made it 4-0 in the 79th minute off an assist from Chris Goubeaux.

"We wanted to spread them out as much as possible," Downs said. "That allowed us to beat their offside trap with through balls."

Downs had his defense prepared for the Gaels (0-4).

"We knew that everything that they do runs through Collin Lam," Downs said. "We put one of our midfielders, Troy Gogoll, on Collin Lam. He shut him down and that was the goal. We wanted to take that option away from them."

"The defense played exceptionally well and our young forwards played well also," Opitz said. "We tried to stick with their best players man-to-man and it worked pretty well. We have two senior captains (Colin McWilliams and Cyrus Morgan) that played very well on the back line. As soon as we got on the board, we got the momentum."

Goretti coach Phil Harper said he saw some progress with his team.

"My team showed pretty good effort," Harper said. "Today's game was a positive effort in our rebuilding process."

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