EASTAMPTON--- There’s making a statement and then there's what St. Augustine did on Saturday.
The Hermits traveled to Rancocas Valley in their season opener and downed the Red Devils 7-1.
“We’ve been looking at this game on our calendar for a long time,” St. Augustine’s Paul Bechtelheimer said. “It’s a statement game in South Jersey. They’re one of the biggest opponents we’ll play all season. We’ve been working hard since August 13 and we came into warmups fired up. Warmups were loud today. We were raring to go and we came out hot.”
St. Augustine received an extra boost five minutes into the match, as Kevin Witkoski hit a brilliant curling shot over the goalkeeper from 25 yards out on the right side of the field.
“We were really fired to go into it and then when (Kevin) scores a goal like that and everyone runs over to the sideline, it got us really going and we wanted to keep our foot on the gas pedal,” Bechtelheimer said.
Witkoski’s stunning strike was just the start of the scoring for the Hermits, who put their second goal on the board minutes later on Uchechi Wokocha’s header.
“We were waiting for this game so when we came out, we wanted it,” Wokocha said. “We came out strong. After I took the shot, I really wanted the goal so I kept on it and scored the goal.”
Wokocha scored his second goal to start the second half, and a deluge followed with goals from CJ Ottinger, Kyle Bartelson, Michael DaCosta and Mario Licciardello.
“We have a big squad,” Bechtelheimer said. “We have about 32 kids and we know that we can trust every single player on the team. Every single kid is pushing each other in practice and to see them score is a great feeling.”
The victory served as a statement for the Hermits internally and it showed the best teams in South Jersey they’ll be a force to be reckoned with this fall.
“We wanted to win this game and make a statement for all of the teams we’re going to play this season,” Wokocha said. “We want to win this season.”
“We’ve been looking around at the press and everything and we haven’t gotten enough attention and people are thinking we’re going to have a down year,” Bechtelheimer said. “I think this is the hardest we’ve come into the preseason and we’re just ready to go. We have momentum and we’re looking forward to play in the CAL.”
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