The players have come and gone during his 25 years, but the rhetoric remains the same for Calvert Hall soccer coach Bill Karpovich.
There are times, though, when he picks it up a notch to ensure the attention of his players.
That was the case yesterday, as the No. 7 Cardinals (3-0-1) had first-half problems with No. 12 John Carroll (2-2) in Bel Air.
The speech will go unrecorded, but it obviously accomplished its purpose as the more skilled visitors overwhelmed the Patriots with four second-half goals for a 5-1 Maryland Scholastic Association victory.
"I don't know why it is I have to go into tirades to get them going," Karpovich said with a laugh. "Every year, it seems like the same thing."
One reason might be the veteran coach gets the skilled players, puts them together as a team and expects them to play well.
After a scoreless tie with C. Milton Wright, Calvert Hall beat St. Paul's, 4-0, and No. 2-ranked Severna Park, 3-1, before going against John Carroll. After the Severna Park win, Karpovich said his offense still needed to improve.
The Cardinals took care of that in the final 40 minutes, as team speed and teamwork contributed to four players getting a goal apiece.
"We know they'll pack it in on us, so we play wide, keep the ball on the ground, use a one-touch -- the things we've been doing for years," Karpovich said. "When we play the way we are capable, I'd like to see the team that can stay with us."
It was John Carroll for a half, as coach John Hughes' team used a penalty kick by senior Mark O'Connor to get a 1-1 tie. Junior back Ryan Lachowicz started the second-half scoring seven minutes into the period, and the visitors dominated the rest of the way.
"We don't match them in individual skills, but I thought we got the better play for the last 15 minutes of the first half," assistant coach Paul Barker said. "We used five fullbacks to deal with their offense. They weren't spectacular, but they executed well.
"Their goals were textbook. They use depth and width and know where people are."
This was especially true of the last goal, where junior midfielder -- Deepak Rana passed up a shot to take the ball deeper on the wing, then passed out to Dave Federline.The junior forward DTC converted on the play, heading the ball past Adam Huber, John Carroll's freshman goalkeeper, who had no chance to make a play.
This was true of Calvert Hall's fourth goal, too, as senior forward Michael Lance got his second of the afternoon on a shot that hit the left upright and caromed across the back of the net.
Barker believes the Patriots will build on this experience. "We were pleased with some of our young players, and there seemed to be a willingness to be aggressive. We got some intensity we hadn't seen before," he said.
O'Connor's goal, which followed a call against a Cardinals player for taking down David Dochter in the box, was the first the Patriots have scored at home against Calvert Hall in the past four years.
* Curley 6, Severn 0: Freshman Gulino Celenza scored two goals and added an assist in the top-ranked Friars' shutout over visiting Severn (2-3) in an MSA A Conference game.
Single-goal scorers for Curley (4-0, 3-0) were Steve Ball, Mike Hemelt, Greg Loftus and Joe Cristy.
* Hammond 1, Bel Air 0: Sophomore forward Jabari Richardson scored the game-winner at the 23-minute mark as visiting Hammond (1-1) defeated Bel Air (0-3).