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Boys soccer: Gaels challenged by Saints but rally for victory

September 25, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — The St. Maria Goretti boys soccer team had to rally to defeat Saint James 2-1 on Tuesday in an Independent-Parochial School League contest at Goretti.

With the win, the Gaels improved to 6-4-1 overall and 2-0 in the league. The Saints fell to 1-7-2 overall and 1-2 in the league.

“I was a little disappointed in the offense,” Goretti coach Tristan Longnecker said. “I thought we had more opportunities that we didn’t take advantage of. I thought that Saint James did a good job overall. Their defense congested things very well. That made it difficult for us to take advantage of the opportunities that we had.”

Saint James got on the scoreboard first in the 17th minute when junior Billy Walendom scored through the middle on an assist from junior midfielder Jeff Lee.

“We played pretty good for the first half,” Saint James coach Evan Solis said. “We had possession of the ball for quite a bit of the first half. We started playing sloppy and we got scored on twice.”

Goretti evened the score in the 28th minute when senior Kevin Proctor scored from the right side on an assist from Casey Bartholomew.

The Gaels took the lead at 2-1 five minutes later when sophomore Jake Kline scored unassisted through the middle.

“I think the fact that they scored first woke us up,” Longnecker said. “It made us play much more aggressively on our offensive third of the field. I thought that our defense played incredibly well. Our defense did a very good job of shutting them down after they made that shot.”

The second half proved to be a defensive battle, with neither side conceding again.

“I think what we may lack in individual talent is countered by how well that we play as a team,” Longnecker said. “It is a very young team. We only have four seniors on the team.”

“In the second half, we came out and put some pressure on them,” Solis said. “We got some shots at the end. We just couldn’t convert them. If we play up to our level of potential, then we should do well.”

The Gaels outshot the Saints, 16-12.

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