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November 15, 2012

C'town grad coaches team to victory

A 1993 Cooperstown graduate coached his high school soccer team to a victory over the No. 2 ranked team in the nation on Nov. 4.

With only 10 men on the field, Washington D.C. soccer powerhouse Gonzaga College High School played DeMartha to a tie. The game ended with Gonzaga winning over DeMatha at the Maryland Soccer Complex in penalty kicks to grab the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Championship Cup. Gonzaga’s head coach is and Cooperstown High School graduate and former soccer star Scott Waller. The game ended DeMatha’s streak of 62 games without a defeat. 

Waller’s team was undefeated in Washington League play with its only tie with DeMatha, earlier in the season. Gonzaga’s only loss was to a New Jersey team on a trip Waller used to sharpen the players’ skills.

In the final 34 minutes of regular time, Gonzaga was a man down as a result of a red card issued.

“You’re playing down a man to the best team in the nation and you’ve got to dig down,” Waller said in a media release. 

DeMatha capitalized on its advantage and scored the tie goal in the final minutes of the last regular time period. After 100 minutes of play, with the score still tied, Gonzaga won on penalty kicks, 5-3.

This is the first time since 2009 that Waller’s Gonzaga Eagles won the championship. That year was the fourth in a row for Waller, a feat never seen in the WCAC.   

Waller was an outstanding soccer player at Cooperstown High School and helped lead his Castleton College team to the championships and winning seasons as its senior captain.

Waller is head of the mathematics department at Gonzaga and has been head coach for the men’s varsity team since 2005.   

Waller played varsity soccer for Cooperstown from 1989 to 1993, and was senior captain in 1993.

Waller parents are Bill and former Cooperstown Mayor Carol Bateman Waller.

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