Calvert Hall frustrates Severna Park again, 2-1 Wagner's game-winner comes with No. 2 Cards playing man down

Boys soccer

September 29, 1996|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Severna Park coach Don Gregg has lost count. Each season his Falcons, perennially one of the top teams in Anne Arundel County, take on powerful Calvert Hall, and each year they come away with an "L".

"I used to keep it on computer, but not anymore," said Gregg.

Last night was just another example of why.

Trailing 1-0 at halftime, the second-ranked Cardinals scored two unanswered goals, and despite being a man down for the final 25 minutes, held on for a 2-1 win over the host No. 9 Falcons.

"I thought the law of averages was going to work out one of these days, but it was not today," said Gregg.

The Cardinals (9-0) outshot the Falcons, 12-7, but trailed after allowing a most difficult goal late in the first half. With 5: 13 to play before halftime, the Falcons' Billy Mooney caught Calvert Hall keeper Mike Svehla several yards out of the goal and lofted a high-arching ball from about 30 yards out, just inches over the keeper's hands, to make it 1-0.

But after getting a tongue-lashing by their coach at halftime, the Cardinals responded in a big way.

First, forward Cam Letke tied the game just 46 seconds into the second half, getting the rebound of his own shot and scoring into an empty net.

Then, after Cardinals forward Brian Powell was dismissed with a red card, midfielder Brett Wagner scored the game-winner with 20: 38 left.

Calvert Hall coach Bill Karpovich said he was impressed with the way his players pulled together.

"I've got to compliment my kids," said Karpovich. "We're losing 1-0 at the half, then come back real quick and get that goal back. Then they take a man away from us, and we come back and get the winner."

In nine games, Calvert Hall has now outscored its opponents, 42-4, including a 3-1 win over Curley and a 3-2 overtime win against Loyola on Tuesday.

Gregg took the loss in stride, calling it good experience for the playoffs.

Said Gregg: "We tried. They're a good team, and they worked the ball well. This doesn't hurt us in the county; it doesn't hurt us for playoffs. It was a good game."

Pub Date: 9/29/96

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