Curley edges Calvert Hall in double OT to advance Celenza's penalty kick sends Friars to MIAA final

November 03, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Calvert Hall's Tom Tamberrino probably played his best game of the season on a soggy Curley field.

Conversely, All-Metro striker Giuliano Celenza may have had his worst, hampered by a slick, muddy surface and Tamberrino's in-your-shirt defense.

Yet it was Celenza whose arms were raised in victory yesterday.

His penalty kick to the left of Bruce Engle (eight saves) with six minutes left in the second overtime secured a 1-0 decision, ending a hard-played Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinal.

The No. 6 Friars (11-4-1) play No. 13 Gilman (12-6-2) at UMBC Stadium Saturday. A 2-1 upset winner over No. 1 seed and third-ranked McDonogh (13-3) Wednesday, Gilman is making its second ever title game appearance since losing in 1981 to the Cardinals.

Celenza earned Curley's fifth title game showing since 1988, it's fourth straight since 1992.

He also left Tamberrino, who frustrated Celenza into committing more fouls (five) than he had shots (three), shaking his head and looking skyward for the answer to the question "How did we lose?"

Tamberrino collared Celenza in an earlier scoreless tie and played him cleanly once again. Through balls to Celenza were headed away, and Tamberrino often beat him to the ball.

"I feel like I won some battles, but as a team, we lost the war. We beat them once this year, but I'm not happy today," he said.

Friars' keeper Brad Bush (12 saves) was superb, with help from defender Jamie Becker. Whether diving, leaping or sliding, Bush always turned back Nick Chavis, Ryan Smith and Cam Letke for his eighth shutout, his second over the Cardinals.

Celenza, his white uniform mud-caked, said: "The guy [Tamberrino] was real good, but I'd have scored if I wasn't tripped."

But the penalty kick, ruled against Cardinal defender Jeff Klima after a collision grounded Celenza in the penalty area, was disputed by 29th-year Calvert Hall coach Bill Karpovich.

"Celenza had no chance at scoring. It was a bogus call," said Karpovich, whose No. 5 Cardinals (10-5-1) had a 17-13 shots-on-goal advantage. "Shouldn't be a factor in a game where two teams are playing this hard."

Karpovich, whose teams have won 17 MIAA or Maryland Scholastic Association crowns, will miss the title game for only the second time, the other being in 1989.

"The call was correct, but Calvert Hall deserves better than losing this way," said ninth-year coach Pep Perrella, whose Friars beat the Cardinals in the 1993 title game. "They out-played us often, but we never folded."

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