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High School Soccer:
Second Half Goals Gives St. Augustine Title

Friday, November 14, 2003

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

It seemed as if it was a privilege to be playing on the nice soccer field at Rutgers-Camden University. Now on particular days, especially this South Jersey Parochial A title game, the wind just blows right off of the Delaware River creating more challenges for teams to overcome. St. Augustine took full advantage of their scoring opportunities even when they were facing the wind in the second half against Paul VI. The Hermits showed why they were the number one seed by shutting out the Eagles 2-0.

This title game featured the number one seed Hermits taking on the second seed Eagles from Paul VI. Last year when these two teams met in the second round of the playoffs, St. Augustine was the top seed in the bracket taking on Paul VI who was the eighth seed. That game ended in a scoreless tie with the Hermits winning the penalty kick shootout. St. Augustine made it to the finals but loss in the title game against Christian Brothers Academy. This would be different for the Hermits.

It was a bang-bang play that if you blinked, you would have missed it. Receiving a quick pass from Billy Pinto, Mike McKeen drilled a shot out of the keepers Rob Westons’ reach. Getting that all-important first goal of the game seemed to give the Hermits a momentum builder. Well they would build on their lead by adding another goal by Scott Pfeifer.

Photos by Frank Crescenti

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