Paniago, who normally plays defense, quickly replied, “No problem, coach. I’ll be ready.”
It had been years since Paniago had played goalie, much less started, but it didn’t stop him from playing like a veteran in the Wildcats’ 1-0 victory over Cartersville Tuesday.
“He [Jose] played great tonight,” Guse said. “He made several key saves for us, especially the last one.”
The last key save by the Woodland’s back-up goalie came from point blank range with less than two minutes remaining in the second half.
That save culminated a high school soccer match that saw Woodland dominate the Canes for nearly 80 minutes. It was at the 7:02 mark of the first half when Woodland’s Nick Marcaurelle buried John Scifers’ corner in the back of the net.
“This is a team whose confidence is growing with each game,” Guse said after congratulating his players after the final 40 minutes had ticked away. “We knew that we had to keep on the attack and prevent Cartersville from gaining any momentum.”
Although the Wildcats missed on several chances to increase their lead, the Wildcats constantly exposed Cartersville’s defensive weaknesses that made life easier for Paniago.
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