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A Shutout to Open 2012 Men's Soccer Season

Giancarlo Santoro

ST. PAUL, Minn - Junior goalkeeper Joe Rayburn and the Pacific Lutheran defense recorded a shutout as the Lutes opened their 2012 men's soccer season with a 1-0 victory over host Hamline in Friday's opening day of the Twin Cities Soccer Kickoff Classic.

The Pipers managed just four shots against the Lutes, who controlled most of the action. Rayburn was called on to make just one save while playing the full 90 minutes.

The game's only goal came at 76:15 when Giancarlo Santoro took a pass from Justin Manao on the left, touched the ball inside to his right foot and then hit a hard, dipping shot from about 25 yards past Hamline keeper Eric Feil.

Santoro's goal was reward for second half dominance that saw the Lutes out-shoot the Pipers, 12-1, in the final 45 minutes after both teams finished with three shots in the opening period. Feil ended up with six saves for Hamline.

"It was the first game of the year and Hamline had everybody behind the ball, so it was hard to break them down," PLU head coach John Yorke said. "The tempo was slow in the first half and we got it going in the second half."

The Lutes conclude their play at the Twin Cities Soccer Kickoff Classic at 1 p.m. (CDT) when they face Augsburg, which tied Whitworth 0-0 on Friday. The team then concludes its three-match Minnesota swing on Monday with a match at St. Olaf.

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