Cathedral gets muddy soccer victories

Published 12:56 am Sunday, January 17, 2010

BROOKHAVEN — The field and weather conditions were horrible, but the ending to Cathedral’s district soccer match against Loyd Star made things a little more tolerable.

Hunter Foster scored a hat trick, including twice in overtime, to give the Green Wave an important 4-2 victory in a rainstorm Saturday afternoon.

“It was a real sloppy game,” Cathedral soccer coach Paul Burns said. “It rained pretty hard for awhile.”

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The two teams were forced to play Saturday despite the bad weather because they already had postponed several games this season due to the weather and had no more open dates to move the game to.

Cathedral got off to a fast start, as Foster scored in the seventh minute to give the Green Wave an early 1-0 lead.

However, Loyd Star scored on two penalty kicks in the first half to take a 2-1 lead into halftime.

But Cathedral came back with 11 minutes to go in the second half on a penalty kick of their own, as Cole Mann put one in the back of the net to knot the score.

Regulation ended with the score tied, and the two teams played two 10-minute overtime periods.

Foster found his groove in the first overtime period, giving Cathedral the lead with a goal in the third minute and then putting the game away for good in the ninth minute with another goal.

The Green Wave locked down the defense in the second overtime period and didn’t let Loyd Star bulge the net.

“A lot of things were going against us, but we fought hard,” Burns said. “That’s kind of the story with this team. They’re battle-tested, they might get down, but they’re never out. They keep fighting and coming back.”

Cathedral improved to 12-2 overall and 3-1 in district play.

The Green Wave have a big district game at home against Franklin County on Tuesday.

Cathedral girls 1, Loyd Star 0

The Cathedral Lady Green Wave dominated the game against Loyd Star, but could only get one goal out of it.

Fortunately, that’s all they would need in a 1-0 victory.

After a scoreless first half, Maddie Kirkwood scored for Cathedral in the sixth minute of the second half to give the Lady Wave their margin of victory and improve them to 9-4 overall and 5-1 in district play.

“We had several opportunities to score and held (Loyd Star) to just a few,” Cathedral coach David Gaude said. “It was a good game played under terrible conditions. Anything in the win column is good.”

Cathedral plays at home against Franklin County on Tuesday night.