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Snook achieves goal in Goretti win

September 08, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

Aaron Snook scored the first goal of his varsity career in the 53rd minute Tuesday, lifting the St. Maria Goretti boys soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Clear Spring.

"It was my first goal ever," said the Goretti sophomore. "My teammate just told me to go up. I was open and the ball actually came right to me. I just put it away. I couldn't believe that happened. I felt like we came together, because we really had our minds in the game. We had good communication."

Gaels coach Tristan Longnecker was impressed.

"It was a great counterattack opportunity by one of our players," Longnecker said. "We're also trying to get our fullbacks into the offensive attack. It was a phenomenal shot. He was committed to the shot and he ran it through the Clear Spring players."

Snook's goal also helped Goretti (2-3-2) end its recent slide.

"It's great to snap our three-game losing streak, especially against a high-caliber team like Clear Spring," Longnecker said. "We knew their numbers 9, 11 and 12 (Devin Repp, Matt Blair and Ralph Weaver) were talented. We did our best to cover them and disrupt their flow of play."

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Junior goalkeeper Jon Winalski recorded the shutout with eight saves for the Gaels.

"It's phenomenal," Winalski said. "It's a great feeling. We are a small school with about 250 students. We came out here and beat a great team. Once Aaron Snook put his shot in, I knew my job was easy. I just did whatever I had to do physically to keep the ball out. We showed that we are not going to be a small school that is going to be pushed around. We showed that we can play with the bigger schools."

Clear Spring keeper Levi Bucher made six saves. The Blazers (1-2) outshot the Gaels 8-7.

"We knew that they were bigger, stronger and faster," Longnecker said. "Our objective was to just try to catch them off-balance. The play of our defense was absolutely exceptional. Clear Spring is a gifted team. We limited them to taking the outside shots."

Goretti also won the JV game 1-0.

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