McDonogh finally beats Calvert Hall, 1-0

September 28, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

In his 22 years of coaching boys soccer at McDonogh, Bill Seal had not been on the winning side of a game against Calvert Hall. Until yesterday.

Pablo Webster's swerving direct kick covered 40 yards, never rising higher than about six yards off the ground, en route to finding the net just inside the far post to the right of Cardinals' keeper Bruce Engle with seven minutes left.

The 1-0 loss marked the first time in Bill Karpovich's 29 years of coaching that his fifth-ranked Cardinals (6-3, 2-3), winners of 19 Maryland Scholastic Association or Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association crowns, have lost three straight games.

"The worst year we've ever had was in 1989 when we went 8-9, and we didn't lose three straight then," said Karpovich, whose Cardinals lost to Loyola, 2-0, and to John Carroll, 2-1, last week.

Ironically, the losing skein began after the defending MIAA A champions beat St. Benedict's, 4-2, to end a 70-game winning streak by the New Jersey power.

"We don't allow many shots -- Loyola had two shots, both goals, and these guys [McDonogh] had five," Karpovich said. "The thing is, we can't seem to put it away ourselves, so we end up making everyone else's season."

The Cardinals certainly made the season for Webster, a junior sweeper whose shot was only the fifth for the No. 8 Eagles (5-1, 4-1) against 20 for Calvert Hall.

"The play was designed to be a pass toward the far stick, but no one reacted, so I just shot it," said Webster, an Olympic developmental national pool player.

"I aimed it low and dipped my body down hoping the ball would stay close to the ground, plus I got a good screen from a defender."

Engle, who had stopped three of the Eagles' other four shots, said: "I did get shielded by a defender and I had the sun in my eyes a little bit, so I never saw the ball until it was right next to me. It's disappointing, that's about all I can say."

Moments before his goal, Webster, flanked by defenders Mike Dubansky and Vinnie Ciarpella, and with assistance from midfielder Bobby Landolt, had helped keeper Mike Barr (nine saves) splinter the Cardinals' attack.

"Pablo's a superior talent and he'd solidify the back on any team, and he frustrated Calvert Hall," said Seal, whose team, a 2-1 loser to No. 2 Curley, starts just four seniors.

"We felt we were even with them talent-wise, although we probably didn't show it today in our shot selection."

The Cardinals missed four successive shots late in the second half as Ryan Smith chipped a 15-yarder wide right, Tim Gober hit the crossbar, Andrew Bednarzik knocked it inches over the upper left corner and Barr smothered a weak 12-yarder by Smith.

"They outshot us, and we never got the quality shots we wanted," said Landolt, a Centennial transfer. "But we got the right bounce in the end."

Girls

* Fallston 4, Wilde Lake 0: Top-ranked Fallston (4-0) used two goals by Courtney Brenner and single goals by Megan Tulley and Beth Blasi to get past No. 15 Wilde Lake (3-2). The Cougars outshot the host Wildecats, 22-5.

* McDonogh 2, Oakland Mills 1: All-American striker Laurie Schwoy, returning to action after missing a week with torn cartilage in her right knee, scored twice to lead host and No. 4 McDonogh to a 2-1 win over No. 12 Oakland Mills.

The Eagles (5-2-1) outshot the Scorpions (0-2-2), 21-5, but had to hold off a late rally.

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