Panthers blank Cathedral

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 19, 2000

The Brookhaven Panthers varsity team proved why it one of the best teams in the state with a 3-0 win Tuesday night over the Cathedral Green Wave at D’Evereaux Stadium. For the second time this season, the Panthers beat the Green Wave by the same 3-0 score.

Cathedral played a hard-fought game without two of its players — Tate Hobdy, who was sick, and Andrew Stubbs, who had a broken toe.

&uot;We played real well. For the last three years it’s about the same score, 2-0 or 3-0,&uot; said Green Wave head coach Paul Kettering. &uot;Our defense did a great job.

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Brookhaven actually had only three shots on goal in the first half compared to seven for Cathedral.

However, Brookhaven’s Chris Bale scored the only goal of the half with 32:30 remaining to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead.

The Green Wave had some good chances to tie the game in the first half and early in the second half, but Panther goalkeeper Domenick DiPaolo made several outstanding saves.

&uot;Overall I was pleased with the way we played against a 4A team,&uot; Kettering said. &uot;We got a chance to see a different style of soccer. They’re faster position-to-position then we are.

&uot;If we ran a foot race with them, we would lose. Their players are real fast.&uot;

Brookhaven jumped out to a 2-0 lead just two and a half minutes into the second half on a corner kick by Blaine Waldhalm.

&uot;The corner kick is the hardest kick to defend. It’s almost impossible to defend,&uot; Kettering said. &uot;Blaine had a great kick and it curved into the goal.&uot;

Bale then put the game out of reach with his second goal of the game with 5:45 left in the game.

The Panthers finished with 20 shots on goal. The Green Wave had 15 shots on goal for the game, but came up empty.

Cathedral dropped to 5-5 overall and will play at Wesson Thursday night at 6 p.m. If Cathedral wins they will be district champions and will host a playoff game on Feb. 5.

In junior varsity action, Brookhaven defeated 6-0. Lane Lofton scored two goals and Tedrick Ratcliff, Judson Langston, Josh Brister and Justin Sykes each scored one goal for the Panthers.

Brookhaven improved to 7-1 and Cathedral dropped to 4-4.