Cathedral Green Wave boys soccer team loses home opener to St. Joseph Bruins

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 15, 2000

The St. Joseph (Jackson) Bruins scored four goals in a seven-minute span in the first half and cruised to a 13-2 win over Cathedral Tuesday night in the Green Wave’s home opener at D’Evereaux Field.

&uot;You hate to open up (at home) with St. Joe, which has a lot of talent,&uot; said Cathedral head coach Rocky Kettering. &uot;But we wanted to play against the best to see how good of a team we can be.&uot;

Matt Nicosia led St. Joseph’s scoring onslaught with five goals and two assists and teammates David Yokum and Louis Jones scored two goals apiece.

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The game was scoreless until Yokum scored his first goal with 26:38 left in the first half and scored again less than two minutes later.

&uot;I was glad I scored,&uot; Yokum said. &uot;I got a lot of help from my teammates. These were my first two goals of the season.

&uot;I think our team showed a lot of prominence.&uot;

One minute later, Nicosia scored his first goal of the game for a 3-0 lead and John Spencer scored with an assist from Nicosia with 19:34 remaining in the half.

&uot;I think coming from last year we expected to be good,&uot; Nicosia said. &uot;They gave us a really good game. We didn’t get any cheap goals. We had to work for them.&uot;

Nicosia scored three more times in the first half as St. Joseph (1-1) took a 7-0 halftime lead and didn’t let up in the second half.

The Bruins scored five goals a 9 1/2-minute span in the half, led by Jones’s two goals and Nicosia’s fifth goal of the game.

Nathan Trifone (with an assist from Nicosia) and Curtis Caskey each had a goal during the 5-0 run.

Cathedral (1-1) finally scored on a goal by Wyler Murray with 15:35 left and got a goal from Palmer Rhinehart with 14:10 remaining in the game.

St. Joe’s Gus Neely scored with 8:41 left for the final score.

Cathedral begins a four-game road swing when they play at Brookhaven at 5:30 p.m. (girls) and 7 p.m. (boys) Thursday.