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Knights ride wind past Gaels

September 29, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

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    Even the wind couldn't help St. Maria Goretti's boys soccer team blow away Kenny Frederickson.

    The Grace Academy goalkeeper weathered a stiff breeze on Monday to make eight saves and lead the Knights to a 2-0 victory over the Gaels.

    "It was pretty challenging at the net," Frederickson said. "They had a few people who could push up forward to us. The sun was in my eyes in the second half and it was hard to see the ball. But I was able to make the adjustments. We had a few more chances to score than they did."

    Luke Bunting scored both goals for Grace in the wind-blown game.

    "With the wind, it was hard for both teams to pass the ball and control the ball," Grace coach Andy Serafini said. "We had a lot of opportunities to score, but so did Goretti."

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"It could have went either way today," Serafini said. "We are going to have to focus and be ready for the conference playoffs."

Grace (11-1) outshot Goretti (3-7-1), 22-18.

In tight situations, Serafini has confidence in Frederickson.

"Kenny Frederickson has been solid for many years and he continues to play very well," Serafini said. "Our motto is: If we can keep the other team from scoring, then they can't beat us. Kenny does a good job of keeping the other team from scoring."

Bunting got his first goal in the 29th minute on an assist by Caleb Serafini for a 1-0 halftime lead. The Knights nursed the lead until the 77th minute, when Bunting scored again, this time on an assist by Nick Montoya.

"Both of my goals were set up pretty good," Bunting said. "Caleb Serafini set up my first goal with a good pass. I got my second goal on a good throw-in from Nick Montoya. Our defense did a good job of stopping them. I think that we are doing fairly well halfway through the season."

Bunting has proven to be an offensive weapon.

"Luke Bunting is a scorer and he can finish well," Serafini said. "He is our top scorer. Other teams focus on him and he is still able to score."

Gaels goalkeeper John Winalski had 10 saves.

"We played pretty well," Goretti coach Mike Long said. "With a different bounce here or there, anybody could have won. We improved today on some things. We are a fairly young squad. Grace Academy is a good team. They have a few really good players. They got the ball in the net today and we didn't."

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