Senior keeper Lenny Paotella continued his brilliance in net Tuesday for the Cardinal Spellman boys’ soccer team, turning away six shots as the No. 11 Cardinals defeated Catholic Central League (Large) rival Bishop Fenwick 2-0 in Peabody.
In five games this season, Paoletta has yet to allow a goal. Michael Gerrish, who has coached the Cardinals for 17 years, was quick to spread the credit around for Paoletta’s impressive numbers.
“Even though we have Lenny as our goalkeeper, it’s still a team effort,” Gerrish said.
The Cardinals (5-0) have outscored their opponents 17-1 this season, with the lone goal coming with Paoletta sitting out.
A.J. Cave got the scoring started for the Cardinals in the first half when the senior buried a direct kick from 20 yards out.
With five minutes remaining, Nick Keddie took advantage of a Crusaders (3-2-2) team that was forced to press on offense, quickly turning a Fenwick miscue into a scoring opportunity for David Eggitto, whose shot gave the Cardinals some breathing room.
The Cardinals outshot Bishop Fenwick 12-6 but their opponents couldn't capitalize on their own opportunities.
“[Spellman] buried their opportunities, and the ones we had, we didn’t,” Bishop Fenwick coach Andrew Bub said.
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