Calvert Hall keeps rolling, 3-0

September 30, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

After 26 years of coaching, Calvert Hall's Bill Karpovich isn' used to losing battles.

But even after his top-ranked Cardinals beat visiting Loyola, 3-0, yesterday, he couldn't help but feel somewhat thwarted.

Karpovich wants this year's Calvert Hall soccer team to have its own identity, to win its 16th Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference crown in as pressure-free an environment as possible.

To that end, he has tried to keep the team from reciting its accomplishments of last season, which included four first-team All-Metro selections, scored a school-record 92 goals and tied single-season marks for goals allowed (six) and shutouts (13).

But after the Cardinals' fifth shutout in as many games, and their fourth straight victory over a Division I rival, Calvert Hall sweeper Mike Spath couldn't resist.

"We want to break the records from last year," said Spath, a senior who has replaced first-team All-Metro sweeper Mike Barger.

While the Cardinals' three goals -- by scoring leaders Jeremy Baker and Eric Branham (each with three goals) and junior Mike Lance -- were impressive, even more was that goalkeeper Eric Blunt had to make only three saves.

The Cardinals (5-0, 4-0) have scored 12 goals, and Spath, stopper Jason Matthew and fullbacks Greg Metrinko and Danny Johnson have been equally steady in the back.

"Including JV, Jason, Eric and me have been together for four years. Danny [a junior] has been with us for three," said Metrinko, who, like his backfield mates, is a first-year starter.

"We try to stay real tough back there," said Matthew.

Against Loyola, the Cardinals' offense botched 16 opportunities inthe scoreless first half, but its defense limited the Dons to three shots (eight for the game).

Loyola's defense was anchored by three sophomores, goalkeeper Brian Zeller (16 saves), sweeper Scott Diggs and stopper Jude Agustin, who marked Baker. At one point, Zeller stopped four consecutive shots by Baker in a 20-second span.

Baker and Branham scored their goals within two minutes of each other to put the Cardinals ahead 2-0. The first goal came eight minutes into the second half after a three-pass relay that began with a direct kick from Gus Koukides.

Koukides, standing at the top left-hand corner of the penalty area, angled a low volley toward Mike Dempsey, who was running past a defender toward the right of Zeller. When Zeller committed to his right, Dempsey chipped the ball to Baker across the face of the goal, and Baker tapped it into the unprotected net.

Branham banged his shot home in similar fashion, catching Zeller off guard after a quick relay from Chad Piunti. The third goal was scored after a pass to Baker drew Zeller from the goal, and Baker's head-pass centered the ball to Lance, who kicked his shot in from 10 yards out.

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