Boys soccer: Hurricanes notch first championship

By CHRIS WAGENHEIM, Times Correspondent
Published January 26, 2008

SHADY HILLS - In its third season of varsity play, Bishop McLaughlin claimed its first district title Friday, defeating Academy at the Lakes 6-0.

"We are playing our best soccer right now," coach John Mayer said. "We are getting together as a team, moving as a team and moving the ball quickly. Good things were happening for us tonight."

Andres Saaverda scored in the sixth minute off a pass off the foot of James McCarragher, putting the Hurricanes ahead for good.

"We just wanted to stay calm and play our game," McCarragher said. "We didn't want people worrying about scoring. We just got the ball wide and things worked out."

McCarragher found the back of the net three times, but doesn't consider himself a goal scorer. He set up a number of Bishop McLaughlin's 26 shots, 19 of which were on target.

"I definitely consider myself more of a playmaker," McCarragher said. "I would rather play a nice ball through then score sometimes."

All in all, 11 Hurricanes (7-6-6) took a shot, while Matt Gronau and Matt Gulau added scores alongside McCarragher and Saaverda. It wasn't so easy for Academy at the Lakes; the Wildcats produced one shot on goal in the waning minutes.

"We have been working hard and we like to attack the wings, so that's what we did," Mayer said. "We tried to spread them out and keep them on the outside."

Bishop McLaughlin 6 Academy at the Lakes 0