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Grimes wins soccer showdown with MPH

Guhin scores twice in Cobras' 3-0 shutout

As a follow-up on Thursday, MPH ripped past Cato-Meridian 7-1, quickly bolting out to a 4-1 halftime edge as Netusil, with a goal and three assists, led a deep and dangerous attack.

Gregory was the only Trojan player to score twice. Blanford, Gavigan, Annie Simmonds and Michelle Bevilacqua each joined Netusil in the one-goal column, while Martinez-Melindeau managed an assist.

Grimes also made it through its last tune-up, topping Onondaga 5-2. This was Kennedy Yearby’s show, as she put up a three-goal hat trick for the Cobras, most of it in the first half, while Madison Dougals and Seanna Laneve each had one goal and one assist.

It was the boys Trojans and Cobras that got together first, for last Monday’s game at Grimes. It was all MPH in this instance, as a quick start, and the passing skills of Gerrit Church, led to a 4-0 shutout.

Already, the Trojans led 3-0 by halftime, and Church was responsible for it. Three different times, Church’ deft passes led to goals, and he scored the other MPH tally.

Solomon Ochieng benefited the most from Church’s generosity, earning two goals, while Albert Blanck also had a goal. Combined, Grimes goalies Dan Ostaszewski and Clemente Rufo were quite busy, with 21 saves between them.

Grimes went from there to a 1-0 overtime defeat to Cato-Meridian on Wednesday afternoon. Ostaszewski made eight saves, but The Blue Devils’ Dan Peckham sneaked the decisive goal past him in the first OT period. None of the Cobras’ 13 shots made it past Cato goalie J.W. Serafini.

In Friday’s play, MPH got another shutout, this time 3-0 over Bishop Ludden. Constant pressure took a toll on the Gaelic Knights as the Trojans broke out of a 0-0 deadlock by getting all of its goals in the second half.

Luke McQueeny, with one goal and one assist, led the late surge, with Ochieng and Chris King also finding the net. Church and Blanck also had assists. Goalie Cal Dougherty recorded nine saves as MPH improved to 6-3 on the season.

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