Spalding pushes past Severna Park, scores 2-1 win in its tourney Muller, Medej record goals to lead Cavaliers

September 07, 1997|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,SUN STAFF

Just about any night, Spalding coach Rick Carlson would not be happy after hearing word of a Severna Park loss.

Last night was the one exception.

Capping a solid opening weekend of soccer, his Cavaliers got the best of the Severna Park team he once played midfield for -- coming away with a 2-1 win in the final game of the Spalding Tournament.

On Friday, the Cavaliers opened their season with a 6-0 win over St. Mary's, but they clearly saved the best for last.

Junior forward Brian Medej's goal with 10 minutes left in the second half gave the Cavaliers a 2-0 lead and proved to be the game-winner after Severna Park junior Joe Weidman scored moments later.

It left Carlson, in his fourth season, a winner in his first-ever matchup against his former coach, Don Gregg.

"We have a lot of respect for Severna Park -- they're a good team," said Carlson, a 1981 Severna Park grad. "I still root for them. Coach Gregg has been great. He scrimmages all the top teams in the state, but always left room for us to scrimmage them. I respect that."

This year makred the first time the tournament was approved, giving the Cavaliers an opportunity to play Severna Park for keeps, and they made the most of it.

Spalding (2-0) took a 1-0 lead in the game's 15th minute when Justin Muller headed home a Tom Rohr long throw.

The game opened up in the last 10 minutes of the half with both teams unable to finish on good scoring chances. Severna Park's Adam Young sent a cross to the far post that Weidman headed just wide.

Muller and Medej both had opportunites for Spalding, but Severna Park keeper Jon Hopp was up to the task both times.

Then it was the Falcons' turn once again, as Young fired a shot from 25 yards that Spalding goalie Reb Beatty turned aside by diving to his right.

With Severna Park needing the equalizer in the second half, it was the Cavaliers who did most of the pressing and they capitalized when Medej slipped past the Severna Park defense and tucked a shot underneath Hopp.

"He [Medej] was getting on himself a little so I just told him to be patient and he'll get his chance. He got his one break and made the most of it," said Carlson.

It turned out to be vital as Weidman used some crafty footwork to flick in a short cross from Jerry Cornett to again get Severna park within one. Then the Spalding defense -- behind Beatty and sweeper Mike Wallace -- took care of the rest.

Following a 4-1 loss to DeMatha on Friday, Gregg saw many more positives out of his team's effort last night.

"We worked out some things and had some opportunities -- it looked a lot better. We'll regroup and come back hard on Monday," he said.

In yesterday's early game in the two-day tournament, DeMatha was an easy 6-1 winner over St. Mary's.

Pub Date: 9/07/97

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