2nd-half surge lifts No. 4 Curley past Gilman, 3-0

October 25, 1992|By Marc Bouchard | Marc Bouchard,Contributing Writer

Gilman's soccer team has come a long way since finishing with an 0-14 record last year. But fourth-ranked Archbishop Curley showed the Greyhounds they haven't fully arrived with a 3-0 victory yesterday at Gilman.

The Greyhounds (8-5-2) outplayed the Friars in the first half, but failed to score. Their best chance came with 1:55 left in the half, when Curley goalie Dennis Merryman came out of the goal to cut down Josh Steinitz's angle, but Steinitz's shot sailed just over the crossbar.

In the second half, Curley (14-1) scored two goals within four minutes to break the scoreless tie. Both scores came on dead-ball plays.

At 27:35, Giorgio Szabo headed in a corner kick by Michael Libber for the first goal of the game. Gilman goalie Blake McAllister had made a sliding save on a shot by Michael Gizzi on the previous play, deflecting the ball out of bounds and setting up the corner kick.

Szabo scored again three minutes, 54 seconds later, heading in a throw-in by Chris Ivins that McAllister failed to control.

"[Gilman] was emotionally up in the first half," said Curley coach Pep Perella. "They were just beating us to the ball. But in the second half, we just started running to the ball better.

"I just thought it was a matter of time before we could get a couple of open shots. It was a matter of us controlling more of the midfield and sprinting to the ball."

It was the 11th shutout of the season for the Friars, who have won 13 straight games against Maryland Scholastic Association teams.

"Today we played one of the best teams in the state, if not the best team," said second-year Gilman coach John Tucker. "We had some chances early on but couldn't convert them.

"[In the second half] Curley stepped up their game a notch, and we stopped moving to the ball. Against a team like Curley, that will cost you."

"This was not an easy game," said Perella. "We got three [goals] in the second half, and I'm thrilled with that. It's not like we blew them out."

Gilman will be one of four teams in the MSA's Division I going to the playoffs. Curley has the top seed in Division II.

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