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Hard work pays off for Elmont's Rodney

Updated: January 19, 2009, 2:46 PM ET
By Jon Mahoney | ESPNRISE.com

Elmont (N.Y.) boys' soccer coach Pat Corvetti's first encounter with Ahkeel Rodney was an eye-opening experience to say the least.

An eighth-grader at the time, Rodney and his Elmont junior high team faced New Hyde Park's junior high squad, then coached by Corvetti, with a district championship on the line. To Corvetti's chagrin, the game quickly turned into Rodney's personal showcase as he netted seven goals in Elmont's 7-0 victory. As first impressions go, this was the ultimate. ...

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