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Girls Soccer: Kline lifts Saints past Gaels

October 09, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — Kerri Kline came through with a pair of goals as the Saint James Saints snapped a tie in a come-from-behind 3-1 win over the St. Maria Goretti Gaels on Tuesday in an Independent-Parochial School League girls soccer game.

The score was tied 1-1 when Kline scored on an assist from Leanne Ludwick in the 39th minute to give Saint James a 2-1 halftime lead.

The Saints increased their advantage to 3-1 in the 66th minute on an unassisted goal by Kline.

“I just go out and try my hardest to help my team,” Kline said. “I was just watching my footwork when I was scoring the goals. It was a great feeling, because I haven’t been scoring that much. Goretti is our crosstown rival and we always come out pumped. Getting that big win was what we wanted to do.”

Saint James coach Mary Lofton was impressed with Kline’s performance.

“Kerri Kline did such a great job,” Lofton said. “She has been working for a game like that all season. Hopefully, this will be a breakthrough for her and she will continue scoring more.”

Lofton said her team did the things that were necessary to pull out the win.

“I am incredibly proud of the girls,” she said. “They played really hard. They have improved their passing game and their shooting. It was really inspiring to see all of that progress. We had a slow start on our toes for the first five minutes. But I thought the girls maintained focus after Goretti got that goal. Our girls were determined to come back and win the game. Lisle Bruns and Serenity Miller played very good defense for us. They stuck to the ball well.”

Goretti (2-9-4, 0-4) got on the scoreboard first just two minutes into the game when Alexis Barone scored on an assist from Claire Vietri.

Saint James (3-7-1, 2-2) tied the score at 1-1 in the 30th minute when Suzie McKelvey scored on an assist from Maria Flores.

“They have just made a ton of progress since the beginning of the season,” said Lofton, whose team defeated Hancock 4-0 on Saturday. “Hopefully this two-game winning streak will build us up and help to carry us through the remainder of the season.”

The Saints outshot the Gaels 9-8.

“We got that early goal and we clearly lost our focus after that,” Goretti coach Mark Barone said. “It allowed Saint James to get back into the game. We have to go back into training and go at it again tomorrow. We have to try to improve on some things.”

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