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November 4, 2013

St. John's Prep soccer blanks Andover in tourney opener

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It was the best save of the afternoon for Rowell, who made five spots to earn the playoff clean sheet.

“They never really tested us,” said Crowell, noting the importance of his team experiencing an opponent pressing down by a single goal late in a state tournament atmosphere.

“We worked on that in practice yesterday. We have to be ready for all scenarios.”

With 3:53 to play, junior Patrick Foley tapped in an excellent feed from senior mid Greg French to give the Prep a comfortable 2-0 edge. The goal came minutes after Lanza hit the post, and allowed the Eagles to take advantage of a few long counter-runs that to that point hadn’t resulted in goals.

“We weren’t playing smart. We played their game, which is more of a helter-skelter style,” said Crowell. “We kept it together enough to get that second one and put it away, but we have to play smarter if we’re going to make a (long tournament) run.”

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