P.K. Yonge boys soccer top St. Francis
Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 12:20 a.m.
JONESVILLE — His team’s inability to defeat St. Francis during the past two seasons has been particularly disappointing to P.K. Yonge’s Nick Cattafesta.
To the junior forward, St. Francis isn’t just another team.
He has known many of the Wolves’ players for as long as he can remember because he attended elementary school with them.
“There’s no other team I want to beat more,” Cattafesta said.
On a frigid Tuesday night, he got his wish.
In his fifth high school match against St. Francis, Cattafesta finally earned a victory as the Blue Wave won 3-1. And to say the least, he played an important role in the win. It was Cattafesta’s two second-half goals that allowed his team to emerge from a deadlocked game.
“Honestly, it feels so good to get that first win against them,” Cattafesta said.
Cattafesta’s first goal, which came in the 57th minute, occurred when he took possession of the ball near midfield, saw an opening and raced toward the P.K. Yonge net while knifing through the defense.
“I thought I could shoot by them,” Cattafesta said.
Just inside the box, he fired a left-footed shot into the net, to give P.K. Yonge (9-3-2) the lead.
“I put it right where I wanted,” he said.
Eighteen minutes later, Cattafesta added the game-clincher off a corner from Kenneth Schiffbauer.
Sergio Galindo-Hamsho produced the Blue Wave’s other goal (unassisted) in the 11th minute, off a rebound of his own shot.
St. Francis (12-2), which beat P.K. Yonge earlier this season, put up quite a fight. Josh Stull’s goal in the 44th minute drew St. Francis even, and the Wolves were on the attack much of the second half. Ultimately, though, the Blue Wave won with solid defense around the net, and a heavy dose of Cattafesta.
“St. Francis is a great team,” P.K. Yonge coach Christopher Coley said. “They’re one of the teams that gives us the most trouble. This is a very good win.”
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