St. Joe whips Wave 12-1

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 5, 2000

Cathedral’s soccer team was no match for St. Joe of Jackson, especially Matthew Nicosia, as the Bruins cruised to a 12-2 victory over the Green Wave Tuesday night.

Nicosia scored six goals in the game for the Bruins and would have scored two more goals, but goalkeeper Tom Rinaldi stopped both of those opportunities with good saves.

&uot;We got a clinic tonight. It was a free clinic,&uot; Cathedral soccer coach Paul Kettering said. &uot;They’re ranked fourth in the state. They acted it and they played like it. We played like we haven’t played a game all year.&uot;

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St. Joe did play like a top-five team as it score five goals, two by Nicosia, in a 23-minute span to take a 5-0 lead.

While the Bruins were not scoring on offense, its defense did not allow the Green Wave very many scoring opportunities throughout the game, nor many chances to get the ball past midfield.

Cathedral finally scored its first goal of the game with 8:35 left as John Eric Myers’s kick went by a Bruin goalkeeper and into the goal.

Nicosia then added two more goals in a span of a minute and a half as the Bruins took a 7-1 halftime lead.

After the Bruins scored another goal, A. J. Stubbs scored as his kick just barely made it into the net to cut the lead to 8-2.

But that would be the last goal for the Green Wave as the Bruins scored four more goals, including two more by Nicosia, for the convincing win.

John Spencer and David Yokum each scored two goals and Nathan Trifone and a player who was not on the roster also scored for St. Joe.

Cathedral dropped to 3-4 overall and will host North Pike in district action Friday night.

The junior varsity game starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by the varsity game.