Calvert Hall stops Curley, 3-0, grabs A Conference title Boys soccer

November 10, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Calvert Hall's Todd Perkins picked the perfect time to have the soccer game of his life at Essex Community College.

In yesterday's 3-0 Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference Boys soccer

championship victory over third-ranked Curley, the speedy striker scored the first goal and had two assists before a standing-room-only crowd of over 2,000.

With 16 minutes gone, Perkins' goal "took the wind out of our sails," said Curley coach Pep Perrella. He later assisted on point-blank second- half scores by Mike Dempsey and Mike Lance in near-identical two-on-one situations against keeper Dennis Merryman.

His effort raised his season totals to eight goals and six assists and earned the 16th title for the second-ranked Cardinals (18-0-1).

"Today was just my day, I guess," said Perkins, one of eight starting seniors on this year's squad, which recorded its school-record 15th shutout.

"I figured they'd be concentrating more on [Jeremy] Baker, since he's our leading scorer [18 goals, six assists]," Perkins said. "They had two guys on him all game."

Baker, the lone returning starter from last year's 17-1 squad, is double-covered in most games.

"It's not like the pressure I felt in the first game of the year against Severna Park," said Baker, who, against the Falcons, scored the game's only goal at 1:28 of the first overtime. "I would have liked to score today, but it's been nice having other players step up."

Calvert Hall thwarted Curley's top scorer, Antonio Celenza (20 goals, four assists), with stopper Jason Matthew in the first half and right fullback Danny Johnson in the second.

"When the ball came to him, [Celenza,] I just let him know I was there, and he didn't have too many chances with Danny on him either," said Matthew, who helped the Cardinals break the goals-against record of six by allowing just four this season. "We wanted to beat the records and show that we're as good as last year's team."

The Friars (17-2) were making their second championship appearance since losing, 4-1, to the Cardinals in 1988, and had an overall advantage in shots on goal (17-11), dictating play both early and late.

Curley missed six times in the final eight minutes.

Drew Kowalevicz hit the post, and later mis-kicked a ball from three yards as it rolled between him and an empty goal. Stopper Chris Ivins shanked one wide left from eight yards, then had a header grabbed by keeper Eric Blunt (seven saves). Celenza had a 10-yarder blocked by a defender at the goal mouth.

In the opening 15 minutes, Ivins and midfielder Mike Gizzi (11 goals, five assists) led a Curley attack that built a 7-1 advantage in shots.

"We won the ball more in the second half, but at first we were giving him [Ivins] too much space," said senior midfielder Gus Koukides, who led the Cardinals with eight assists. "We didn't expect him to be pushing up that hard."

While Ivins launched dangerous throw-ins from the sides, or served long balls behind Matthew and sweeper Mike Spath, Gizzi battled Koukides and junior Eric Branham in the middle. Left fullback Greg Metrinko worked to contain sophomore striker Steve Ball (four goals, 10 assists), who nearly gave the Friars a 1-0 lead.

Blunt blocked Ball's initial shot from three yards, then smothered his second effort. Ten seconds later, Perkins collected a loose ball, beat two defenders and lured Merryman to the right-hand post before blasting it 10 yards into the opposite corner.

"Once we got that first goal," said 26-year Cardinals coach Bill Karpovich, "it was our game."

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