Curley dominates McDonogh, 4-0 4th-ranked Friars mix up marking by No. 3 Eagles

Boys soccer

September 27, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

The moment of truth came with 19 minutes left in the first half.

Two-time All-Metro Giuliano Celenza of Archbishop Curley received a pass from Edward Cruz near the top of the penalty box. McDonogh's All-Metro sweeper Pablo Webster stood his ground, about two yards in front of Celenza.

The two stars froze for an instant, poised for action, each awaiting a move from the other. What happened next sparked No. 4 Curley (8-1, 4-1 MIAA) -- and crumbled their third-ranked visitors emotionally in a 4-0 rout.

Suddenly, Celenza took off, gaining a step with two dribbles to the left. Webster was in pursuit, but Celenza (16 goals, five assists), showing why he may be the best goal-scorer in Curley history, froze keeper Bob Benson with a blistering left-footer to the net's lower opposite corner.

With the Eagles mentally wounded, All-City/County stopper Jamie Becker said "our killer instinct took over."

In order, Tony Tamanini, in his third game back from a foot injury, Becker and Chris Howard scored against their Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference rivals. It was 2-0 at half.

"Becker and [midfielder] Steve Novak had a lot of space over the midfield line. We were surprised they gave us that much," said Tamanini, whose 15-yard shot to the goal's near corner got past a defender and Benson. It came off a through ball from Becker.

But it was Celenza's dazzling effort -- against a national team pool player -- that seemed to fracture the Eagles' confidence.

"Our offense starts in the back. But Curley attacked so well that we had no time to build. They totally neutralized us," said McDonogh coach Bill Seal, whose squad was outshot, 8-2, in the first half (17-11 for the game).

"We were so concerned about Giuliano that our marks got mixed up. We were on our heels, and they earned their goals by forcing us into mistakes."

Pub Date: 9/27/96

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