Calvert Hall coach Bill Karpovich believed that fate had not been kind to his team's offense in recent days.
The Cardinals could not score against Archbishop Curley, lost to Gilman and needed to go to penalty kicks to defeat Loyola. Karpovich said the Cardinals had been unlucky on offense.
Last night, however, the Cardinals' luck changed.
A loose ball bounced to Calvert Hall's Dave Federline in front of the goal, and the senior kicked it into the empty net with 13:45 remaining to give the third-ranked Cardinals a 1-0 victory over second-ranked Archbishop Curley in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship game at UMBC Stadium.
Counting its titles in the old Maryland Scholastic Association, Calvert Hall (19-2-3) has won eight championships in the last 10 years. The Cardinals lost to Curley (17-2-1) in last year's title game.
Boys' Latin used second-half goals from Mike Smith and David Rose just 1:46 apart to defeat Friends, 2-1, in the MIAA B Conference championship. Rose scored the winning goal with 9:27 remaining.
Calvert Hall had many scoring chances -- outshooting Curley, 20-7 -- but couldn't convert until Federline found some good fortune.
And that happened when Curley goalie Brad Bush scooped up a through ball about five yards in front of the goal. Bush bobbled and then dropped the ball, which bounced right to Federline only a few steps away from the goal.
"The goalie just dropped it," said Federline. "I was just running in because he had dropped a couple of balls."
The earlier chances came fast and furious for Calvert Hall. Ryan Smith, Jeff Link and Federline came up with good shots for the Cardinals, who repeatedly pressured. In the second half, they took 12 shots before Curley even got one -- and it took the Friars nearly 37 minutes to do that.
"We've been unlucky on offense," said Karpovich. "I [said] to keep making the runs, keep taking the shots."
That turned out to be the problem for Curley. The Calvert Hall defense completely shut down Curley.