Cathedral clubs sweep Brookhaven

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 5, 2003

BROOKHAVEN &045; You can’t get too caught up in the non-divisional games since the games in your division are the meal ticket to the playoffs.

But it’s nice to pull some good ones now and then.

Both Cathedral’s soccer squads took wins over Class 4A Brookhaven Saturday afternoon with the boys’ team winning, 3-1, and the girls’ winning, 4-0.

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The two wins marked the first time either of them have beaten a Brookhaven team. These are the same teams who beat McComb earlier in the season.

&uot;In the past we’ve always lost to them,&uot; Cathedral head coach Rocky Kettering said. &uot;They’re a 4A school school. McComb and Brookhaven are two big public schools who always make the playoffs. It’s always a good measuring stick. We beat McComb earlier in the year, and now we beat Brookhaven. They’ve always been a really good program. That shows us where we stand.&uot;

Both teams started off strong, but it was the Green Wave who made the biggest statement early in the game with two goals in the first three minutes.

Patrick Biglane scored on a header in the first minute, and Palmer Rinehart took a corner kick from Biglane and headed it in for a 2-0 lead.

In the second half Cathedral scored five minutes in when Rinehart punched one in just under the crossbar on a breakaway.

Cathedral keeper Brent Tosspon finished the game with nine saves after Brookhaven had 25 shots on goal to Cathedral’s 19.

&uot;It’s been a long layoff, but we looked really sharp &045; the boys especially,&uot; Kettering said. &uot;That (two goals) was a great way to start off. We’ve got four guys in the middle, and they made a lot of things happen today passing the ball around.&uot;

In the girls’ game, Cathedral got its first goal from Joanna Stubbs at the 30:00 mark in the first half. Brittany Laird added another 12 minutes later on an assist from Jessica Matthews, and Adrian Mullins followed five minutes later with another.

The Lady Wave finished the first half with 14 shots on goal to Brookhaven’s one.

In the second half Cathedral got anther goal from Mullins, this time with 15 minutes left. The Lady Wave had 15 shots in the second half while holding Brookhaven without a shot.

&uot;The girls did the same thing &045; they came out with a lot of intensity and were shooting a bunch of shots,&uot; Kettering said. &uot;They put together a lot of good passes &045; good fluid moves from the back on up. I think the girls and the boys are really starting to utilize a lot of things we work on in practice. It seemed to really work today.&uot;