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Soccer: Pinecrest Academy sweeps St. Francis for momentum going into break
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Pinecrest Academy soccer took care of business Tuesday night against Region 6-1A opponent St. Francis as both the girls and boys teams won 8-0 and 5-2, respectively, at home.

The Lady Paladins set the pace quickly, scoring three goals in the first 20 minutes. Senior forward Margaret Metz scored the first two with one her goals coming by way of an assist from junior midfielder Erin Houlihan who score the third goal.

Pinecrest dominated possession. St. Francis crossed midfield just five times, but none resulted in a shot.

“Yesterday we played a very good Mt. Paran team so these girls are tired. So our game plan was to possess the ball and let that ball do all work,” Pinecrest head coach Domenic Martelli said. “We wanted to get off quick passes to limit our team from running while make theirs [run].”

However, not only did Pinecrest possess the ball they did without compromising the ability to shoot. Pinecrest in the 80 minute games was able to belt out 37 shots and 17 of which were on goal.

“We knew from last week we are very good going forward, but today we weren’t as sharp as we got closer to the goal,” Martelli said. “We weren’t sharp enough to convert on a lot of those shots. More of them should’ve gone in but at the end of the day these girls got the win.”

Just like the girls, the boys team also generated plenty of offense. The Paladins out-shot St. Francis, 21-5. Senior captain Stuart Jeans led the way with eight producing two goals.

“Stuart’s actually a defender. With a lot of our guys not being able to make it today we told him it was his opportunity to get a ‘promotion’ as you will,” Martelli said. “And he did an exceptional job playing forward for us.”

Along with Jeans, freshman midfielder Sebastian Cordoba scored two goals on four hots, but his biggest came in the 18th minute of the second half.

After St. Francis had just scored their second goal in three minutes, bringing the game within one, Cordoba got off a screamer that went right past the keeper and into the back corner of the net. Pinecrest re-took at two-goal lead.

“It’s huge when we are able to pretty much completely strip them of the momentum and gain it back for yourselves, that’s how you win the close ones,” Martelli said.

Following Tuesday night’s wins, Pinecrest will not play for a while. The Paladins return to action April 11.

“It’s gonna be hard to maintain this momentum,” Martelli said, “but if any groups of kids can do it, it’s them.”