Knights top Gaels to stay unbeaten

October 03, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

The No. 4 Grace Academy boys soccer team blanked visiting St. Maria Goretti 2-0 on Thursday to remain undefeated.

Pat Salvagno scored both goals and goalkeeper Kenny Frederickson recorded the shutout for the 13-0 Knights.

"Pat has played very well the last five games. He's scrappy," Grace coach Andy Serafini said. "This is the type of game we have been playing this year. We're more of a possession team and a defensive team than we've been in the past."

Salvagno provided Grace with a goal in the opening 15 minutes of action, pushing the ball past Goretti goalkeeper Ben Denning from the left corner. He finished things off with another goal from 10 yards out in the middle of the field late in the contest.

Although it was a shutout win, it didn't come easy.

"They are a good team," Serafini said of Goretti (5-6-1). "We were expecting this type of game."


Both defenses were superb on a cool, windy afternoon, and Goretti actually outshot Grace, 17-11.

Frederickson recorded 12 saves for Grace and Denning had six for Goretti.

"We played better the second half. We came out and moved the ball, but we couldn't score," Goretti coach Marty Wills said. "We've had a number of close games this season. You can't let your guard down or it will hurt you."

Wills was referring to a play late in the game.

There was a scramble at midfield and Grace's Luke Bunting came out of the fray, kicked the ball ahead to Salvagno, who turned it into the clinching goal.

"We're passing the ball much better than in the past," Serafini said. "And I think we are showing progress game by game."

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