Junior Bryan Bugarin of Calvert Hall scored two goals to lead his Cardinals over crosstown rival Loyola, 4-0, yesterday in a Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference matchup.
The Cardinals (7-0-1, 8-3-1 overall) now have sole possession of first place in Division II and are shooting for a playoff slot.
Calvert Hall took advantage of the left-wing position most of the first half, scoring three goals off crosses from that side.
On the first goal, Bugarin punched in a cross from J.J. Kremer past Loyola's Doug Renner. Loyola is 6-1-1 in the league, 7-3-1 overall.
Four minutes later, at 26 minutes, 12 seconds into the game, Bugarin scored unassisted from about 8 yards out. Brian Geraghty scored the third goal off a cross from Mike Barger at the 31:32 mark.
During the second half, Loyola regained some control and almost put one in when Calvert Hall goalie Larry Rohleder came out of the mouth, and the Dons' Mike Taml chipped one over his head, only to watch the ball bounce off the lower right side of the goal.
At 34:41 in the second half, Barger burst in from the left-wing position to boot one in off a long cross from Bugarin.
"We kept knocking, and finally everyone became a believer," said Calvert Hall coach Bill Karpovich.
"Everyone played together, not as an individual," said Barger. "Every time we play the ball wide, we get a goal."
"I thought we played well," said Loyola coach Jim Claborn. "[But Calvert Hall] was moving well without the ball."
Toward the end of the game, Karpovich was still stressing defense, pleased that his defenders held up.
"You could see how motivated [Loyola] was," said Karpovich. "They never let up."
The Dons and Cardinals played to a 2-2 tie earlier this season. Loyola's only other loss in the league was to St. Paul's.
Tuesday, Calvert Hall will play Spalding, and Loyola will play host Cardinal Gibbons.