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Girls soccer: Vikings shut out Gaels

September 17, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • St. John's Catholic Prep's Amelia Clark (10) heads the ball above St. Maria Goretti's Alexis Barone (22) during Monday's girls soccer game at Goretti.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — For one half Monday night, the St. Maria Goretti girls soccer team gave visiting St. John’s Catholic Prep a challenge.

The Gaels kept the Vikings off the scoreboard for the first 21 minutes and stayed within a goal until the final minute of the first half, before St. John’s pulled away in the second half for a 6-0 victory in an Independent Parochial School League game.

“Good teamwork was the key to our victory today, because the girls have always played well together,” said St. John’s assistant coach Bernard Mambo, who filled in for head coach Sheldon Henry, who was unable to attend the game. “We don’t rely on just one person. We share the ball. You can see that with today’s scoring.”

Sophomore Annie Breen scored two goals and four others added a goal each for the undefeated Vikings (5-0, 2-0).

Breen broke a scoreless tie in the 22nd minute on an unassisted goal through the middle.

In the final minute of the first half, Maggie Nelson scored through the middle on an assist from Maria Bulley to give St. John’s a 2-0 halftime lead.

Sophomore goalkeeper Jenna Katrina made 14 saves for the Gaels (1-4-3, 0-2).

“St. John’s is a very good team,” Goretti coach Mark Barone said. “We have a lot to learn. But our girls played tough. That goal that we gave up right before the half was a tough one to take. They capitalized on it. We are still getting used to each other. Our team still has some adjustments to make. We have the potential to surprise a lot of teams, and I think that we will.”

Senior Megan Breen — Annie’s older sister — scored on an assist from Nelson in the 47th minute. Laura Malagari scored unassisted from the right side in the 52nd minute, Annie Breen got her second goal from the right side on an assist from Malagari in the 54th, and Amelia Clark capped the scoring on an assist from Megan Breen in the 76th minute.

“The defense played well,” Mambo said. “Our midfielders had good control of the game. The defense did a good job of clearing the ball and passing. Overall ... the girls are playing much better this year than they did last year. St. Maria Goretti played well. They were prepared for this game.”

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