Cards get some of own medicine

October 14, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Second-ranked Calvert Hall got its ninth shutout against John Carroll. The problem was, the Cardinals couldn't score a goal themselves.

What Calvert Hall coach Bill Karpovich likely will remember most about yesterday's scoreless tie with the 12th-ranked Patriots (8-1-1, 6-1-1) is how his visiting squad outworked the opposition through the middle, only to allow John Carroll's taller squad to shred its short-passing, possession game in the final third.

"We wanted to maintain control by knocking it short and knocking it wide, but we got caught up in their game," said Karpovich, whose squad was coming off a 12-0 win over St. Paul's.

His Cardinals (9-0-1, 6-0-1), who have outscored the opposition 30-1, are four shutouts shy of the school record of 13.

"When we did control the ball, we didn't have anyone stepping up to put the ball in," Karpovich said.

John Carroll keeper Eddie Maynard sparked the draw with 18 saves against a Cardinals' squad that is ranked No. 9 nationally by USA Today. On numerous occasions, Maynard leaped to grab dangerous crosses or dove face first to block low attempts.

"The first time we played them down there [a 3-0 loss], all of their goals came off of crosses," said Maynard, a senior who recorded his fourth shutout. "I've been getting hassled because I haven't been coming out. I think I came out and showed them today."

Patriots coach John Hughes was happy with the tie. His club hadn't beaten the Cardinals since John Carroll won the league title in 1989.

"We went with five backs and one center halfback [Frank] Sweeney," Hughes said. "This is what we did the last time we beat them."

Hughes won't forget the opportunities his club missed.

Moments into the game, John Carroll's Matt DeCapite pushed a ball behind the Cardinals' defense -- including keeper Eric Blunt (10 saves) who had committed from the goal. But sweeper Mike Spath cleared it off the line near the left post, which it struck, then rolled out of harm's way.

A similar chance by scoring leader Geoff Pickett late in the second half also was cleared near the post -- this time by Cardinals fullback Greg Metrinko.

Yet another opportunity -- a point-blank DeCapite chip shot off a pass from Mark Heimerl -- was tipped by Blunt, up and over the crossbar, with less than eight minutes left in regulation.

With the help of strikers Jeremy Baker, Mike Lance and Chad Piunti and midfielders Eric Branham and George Koukides, Calvert Hall had a 22-14 lead in shots. John Carroll led in corner kicks, 4-3.

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