Calvert Hall tops St. Joe, 4-1, advancing to MSA 'A' final

November 07, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

With one returning starter from last year's 17-1 Calvert Hall team, few people expected this year's version to be as good.

But with every game, the second-ranked Cardinals have tried to out-do last year's team, which won its 15th Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference title over Mount St. Joseph.

Yesterday. the 13th-ranked Gaels lost, 4-1, in the MSA tournament semifinal to the newest Calvert Hall team. The Cardinals can win their 16th crown by beating third-ranked Archbishop Curley -- a 5-2 semifinal winner over Cardinal Gibbons -- in Monday's championship game at Essex Community College.

In addition to matching last year's victory total, the Cardinals (17-0-1) allowed their fourth goal to remain within striking distance of the record (six) established a year ago.

Last week's 1-0 win over St. Paul's was the 14th shutout for Calvert Hall, breaking the record also set last year.

Unlike Calvert Hall's 5-1 regular-season victory over the Gaels (14-4-1) -- which was scoreless at the half -- the Cardinals took a 2-0 halftime lead behind junior Mike Lance and stopper Jason Matthew.

Lance kicked a cross from Mike Dempsey past keeper Dave Cleveland (20 saves) at the 13-minute mark, and Matthew scored off Danny Johnson's throw-in with 26 seconds left.

Johnson did a good job marking the Gaels' Steve Matcuk, whose 27 goals and 14 assists lead the area. But coach Bill Karpovich lifted the starters with 12 minutes left and the score 4-0, freeing Matcuk for a late goal -- just like during the regular-season game.

"Sticking him was my main concern," said Johnson. "Shutouts are a bonus, but we won, and that's what counts."

Jeremy Baker (18 goals, four assists), the Cardinals' returning starter, said, "They were talking a lot of trash in the first half, but I didn't say anything."

Baker let his feet do the talking in the second half, scoring on feeds from Eric Branham and Todd Perkins.

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