Calvert Hall gets even with Curley, 3-1 No. 4 Cards stop Celenza, avenge tourney loss

September 13, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

The image has haunted Calvert Hall's Tom Tamberrino for the past 10 months.

Tamberrino recalled Curley's Giuliano Celenza scoring on a penalty kick for the game's lone goal with six minutes left in overtime and then being swamped by his teammates in celebration of an MIAA A Conference tournament semifinal win. Curley went on to share the crown with Gilman.

The site was the same yesterday -- No. 2 Curley's field -- but the sight and results were not. This time, it was Tamberrino and his teammates basking in the glory of a 3-1 decision over the Friars (2-1, 1-1).

Celenza, who is 15 goals shy of Steve Quaranta's school-record with 53 career goals (21 assists), rarely matched up with Tamberrino. But teammate Ryan Tolson limited Celenza to five shots -- three on direct kicks -- and no goals.

"Whatever side Celenza came down, mine or Ryan's, we'd mark him out. He stayed on Ryan's mostly, and Ryan got the job done," Tamberrino said. "I waited all year for this. It feels great."

Fourth-ranked Calvert Hall (3-0, 2-0) had early momentum and control for a 2-0 halftime lead. It converted the game's first and last goals on cleanly placed headers, with 6-foot-1 Mike Schaeffer assisting 6-1 Tim Gober five minutes in, and converting Frank Scarfield's corner kick in the 72nd minute.

Over the game's final moments, keeper Mike Svehla preserved the win with six of his 10 saves, including shots from right in front of the net from Matt Kerr and Chris Howard, whose goal in the 61st minute made it 2-1.

But it was 6-2 Cam Letke's goal in the 26th minute that "made their [Friars] heads drop," Letke said.

Brian Powell, a Joppatowne transfer, created a two-on-one with ZTC Friars' keeper Joseph Muffaletto (six saves), after stealing the ball from defender Matt Perzyski on the far side. After racing toward the goal, he fed Letke, who dribbled around the left side of Muffaletto and another defender to fire his team-leading sixth goal into the net's far corner.

"Two of our starting midfielders were hurt, and we were tentative with no intensity in the first half," said ninth-year Curley coach Pep Perrella. "I had [All-City/County defender] Jamie Becker in the middle, and had to add Giuliano and [striker] Ryan Cuomo for the second half. That got us going a bit."

Curley outshot Calvert Hall, 10-3, in the second half.

Pub Date: 9/13/96

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