Bishop Gorman’s boys soccer team held the advantage on the scoreboard at halftime Wednesday, but the momentum was fast swinging Sierra Vista’s way.
Enter Austin Moore for the Gaels.
The junior midfielder scored twice in the second half and added an assist to help Gorman hand the visiting Mountain Lions’ their first loss with a 5-0 shutout.
“We just decided to work harder and come out as hard as we can,” Moore said. “We played much better as a team in the second half.”
Moore dished a pass to Nick Wesen to give the Gaels (6-0, 6-0 Southwest League) the early advantage, then watched as teammate Michael Tonetti stole the ball off the Sierra Vista defense midway through the first half to give the defending Southwest champs a 2-0 advantage at the break.
The Mountain Lions (8-1, 6-1) seemed to steal the momentum, and Ivan Petrov ended the half with a floating shot that sailed just over Gorman’s crossbar.
Four minutes after the break, Moore took the ball from the defense on the left side and slid home a low shot just inside the right post.
“(Moore) has scored a lot more goals this year than all of last year, and they’ve been those same types of goals,” Gorman coach Doug Borgel said. “He’s a hard worker who doesn’t say much, but his play sets the example. I think the guys feed off of his hard work.”
Moore also got help from freshman Cameron Patterson in the 65th minute to give Gorman a 4-0 advantage, and Tonetti added the final goal with 10 minutes to play.
Patterson dribbled into the right corner, then chipped a high ball into the box for Moore, who redirected the shot into the back of the net.
“Cameron played a great ball, and good job to him for working for that,” Moore said. “Once I got there, I knew it was going to go in.”
Gorman outshot Sierra Vista 8-4 in the first half, then blitzed the Mountain Lions for nine shots — five on goal — after the break, when Sierra Vista had four shots.
Gaels goalkeeper Thomas Olsen made four saves, preserving the shutout by stopping Juan Candido’s long free kick with two minutes left.
“We try to use as many of these games as we can to get us ready for state. These are the kind of games that we like; these are playoff-style games,” Borgel said. “We play them one more time at their place, and we know it will be a battle.”