Calvert Hall gains final against Curley Cardinals knock out Quakers, 1-0 Boys soccer

November 09, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Friends midfielder Myles Perkins lay on the Calvert Hall soccer field after colliding with opposing keeper Scott Simmons, who had beaten him to a loose ball with 15 minutes left in the game.

Simmons (eight saves) struck a triumphant pose, shifted the ball under his right arm and -- miming as if his left hand was a pistol -- shot Perkins.

With yesterday's 1-0 semifinal tournament victory over the No. 13 Quakers (13-5), the fourth-ranked Cardinals (15-1-1) had shot down another Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference opponent.

But if you ask Calvert Hall coach Bill Karpovich, his own Cardinals are the ones who dodged a bullet.

"We played terrible today," said Karpovich, who was yellow-carded for disputing a referee's inaction when it appeared a Cardinal was tripped by a Quaker.

Calvert Hall next takes aim at its 17th MSA A tournament title tomorrow at Essex Community College against No. 3 Curley (15-0-1), yesterday's 1-0 winner over Gilman. The game will be a rematch of last year's championship, won, 3-0, by the Cardinals.

"If we don't get our act together in one day, we're going to get it handed to us," Karpovich said. "I don't understand the individual play all of a sudden among the seniors. They're supposed to hold this team together."

It was the second straight game in which Mike Lance (10 goals, 16 assists) was held without a point, but teammate Chad Piunti (12, five) has stepped up. Piunti had a goal and an assist in last week's 3-0 quarterfinal win over Mount St. Joseph, and yesterday assisted on the game-winner by Steve Rottman (six, five).

"We knocked it around in the second half and were like, 'See what happens?' " said Eric Branham. "Calvert Hall's done that for 25 years, but we've developed bad habits."

Calvert Hall made bad passes, mis-kicks and transient runs that often fizzled or went out of bounds, as Friends racked up 20 of their 25 throw-ins in the first half. And when the Cardinals did rTC penetrate, they found 6-foot-2, 195-pound sweeper Brian Hamilton (seven, nine) or keeper Jamie Johnston (11 saves), who made six point-blank stops.

"We respected [Hamilton], maybe too much," said Piunti. "We knew what he could do, but weren't scared of him."

Friends trailed in shots on goal, 20-15, for the game, but outshot the Cardinals 10-7 in the first half behind midfielders Perkins (seven goals, 13 assists), Rich Santos (nine, nine) and strikers Justin Ries (10, three) and Sean Armstrong (six, six).

"We dominated with some pressure they weren't used to," said Perkins. "But their goal took the wind out of us."

Rottman's goal just 1:05 into the second half came after a 30-yard, somersault throw-in by Ryan Lachowicz (seven, two) landed near Piunti, 10-yards from the goal and to the right of Johnston.

Piunti, standing even with the post with his back to the goal, flicked the ball backward past Johnston's left side, where Rottman slide-kicked it into an unprotected net.

The Cardinals took over from there, with Lance, Piunti and Branham having chances at another goal.

Curley 1, Gilman 0

Third-ranked Curley (15-0-1) scored the game's only goal in the 22nd minute when junior striker Steve Ball delivered an eye-level crossing pass to junior Shawn Pasko, who finished with a header into the right side of the net as the Friars

defeated visiting Gilman (9-6-2) in an MSA A Conference semifinal.

Curley advanced to tomorrow's A Conference championship game at Essex Community College against Calvert Hall, a 1-0 winner over Friends.

The Friars outshot the visitors 15-3 and controlled the tempo from start to finish but couldn't add any insurance goals.

Curley's David Baynes had his hands and feet full in marking Gilman's leading scorer Corey Popham (11 goals, nine assists) but the senior defenseman did the job, limiting Popham to a single shot on goal.

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