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Wildcats take wind out of Gaels' attack

September 16, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT -- Williamsport got the better of St. Maria Goretti in a pair of prep soccer games Wednesday night, winning the boys game 2-0 and the girls game 5-1.

In the boys game, senior forward Jordan Payne scored both goals for the Wildcats (2-3).

In the eighth minute, Payne scored on an unassisted run through the middle.

In the 44th minute, Payne scored another goal through the middle on an assist from junior midfielder Brendon Colliflower.

"We gave a hard effort," Payne said. "We needed this win. I was in the right place at the right time. I just felt like I needed to go for it on the first goal. It was a good cross from Brendon on the second goal."

Junior goalkeeper Alex Aleshire recorded a shutout as he made seven saves for Williamsport.

"I am proud of my midfield for playing strong," Aleshire said. "It looked like the midfield executed well. I am very happy with recording my shutout, but I give a lot of credit to my defense. I am not the only one out there."

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"I just think that we got back to what we were supposed to be doing," Wildcats coach Chris Downs said. "We had a tough little stretch there. We let two games get away from us. It was nice to be on our home field tonight and regroup. The intensity was there. We got some really good chances. Our defense is really starting to solidify. Tonight was a total team effort."

Junior goalkeeper Jon Winalski made nine saves for the Gaels (3-4-3), who were outshot 16-9.

n In the girls game, senior striker Amber Shumaker finished with a hat trick for Williamsport (4-2).

"That was what I wanted tonight, so I got it," Shumaker said. "We came out and tried to build a big lead early. We put a lot of goals in the net when we needed them. ... We're doing really well at this point in the season. We are hitting our shots. We just need to keep it up."

Williamsport coach Tim Salvagno was impressed with Shumaker's scoring consistency.

"I think that it's important for her to get some goals early on," Salvagno said. "She has got to build her confidence."

The Wildcats outshot the Gaels, 38-10.

Senior goalkeeper Colleen Costello had 25 saves for Goretti. Williamsport goalkeepers Julia Price and Haley Carter combined for seven saves.

Shumaker scored two of her three goals in the first half. The first one was assisted by Ashley Goge. Lauren Johnson scored on an assist by Renee Barnes, while Chelsea Myers scored on an assist by Casey Arnone to help Williamsport build a 4-1 halftime lead.

"I think we're finally starting to put it together," Salvagno said. "We're finally realizing that we don't have to play (the) long ball all day. We are learning that if we start from the back and work our way up, then we'll have more opportunities further down the field."

The only goal for the Gaels came when Lauree Lorensen scored on a free kick.

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