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Youth serves up win for Goretti

October 23, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

Freshman Theresa Barton scored in the 76th minute Wednesday, to lift the St. Maria Goretti girls soccer team to a 1-0 win over Hancock.

It was more of the same for Hancock as the two teams met earlier this season with the Gaels (5-10-1) getting the 1-0 win then, too.

After battling to a scoreless tie for much of the match, Barton took a pass from Kris Cronise and booted it past goalkeeper Chandra Yonker for the game-winner.

"Our defense really stepped it up and Theresa made the big goal," said St. Maria Goretti coach Dan Durski. "We're a very young team and the two freshmen contributed to the victory."

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Durski added praise for sweeper Cassie Rzomp.

"She did a super job beating them to the ball and (goalie) Ellie Harrell came through for us with the shutout," Durski said. "I also give Hancock a lot of credit. They're much improved from the first time we played them."

Hancock coach Karen Sornson was also pleased.

"We played hard, did all the things we needed to do, we just couldn't get the ball in the net," Sornson said. "That's been the story of our season. I think we have lost five games this year by one goal. I thought the entire team played well. Our passing was excellent."

Hancock (1-9-1) visits Fort Hill on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Maryland Class 1A West Region first-round match. Goretti is involved in the Maryland Independent Schools State Soccer Championship at the sports complex near Cearfoss.

The Gaels face Bishop Walsh at 10:45 a.m., St. James at 12:45 p.m., and St. John's Catholic Prep at 2:45 p.m., in round-robin play.

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