Curley penalty kick punishes McDonogh Pressure from No. 5 Friars trips up No. 3 Eagles, 1-0

Boys soccer

September 10, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Though it took all but 45 seconds of yesterday's 90-minute affair at No. 3 McDonogh -- not to mention a little luck and all-out hustle by the entire squad -- Archbishop Curley showed it's soccer program is still alive and kicking without Giuliano Celenza.

After Brandon Scarfield buried the game-clinching penalty kick to the left of diving Eagles goalie Cam Thompson for the 1-0 win, several of his Friars' teammates chanted "who needs Celenza," referring to the graduated three-time All-Metro player who led the Friars to two MIAA A Conference titles in four championship appearances and scored 75 percent of his teams' goals.

"We've got more depth on the bench, we work harder and we can score from more places," said junior forward Steve Novak, who missed a team-high six times from as close as three yards and as far away as 18. "We wanted to make a statement, show that we're a better overall team than last year."

No. 5 Curley's pressure produced 11 direct kicks, six corner kicks and an 18-7 advantage in shots-on-goal. Novak and fellow forwards Chris Quigley and Steve Althoff led the attack, with support from Scarfield and fellow midfielders Brandon Quaranta and Tim Wazlavek.

Thompson's acrobatics led to 10 saves, and often denied the Friars (1-0 league, 2-0 overall). But the frustration of the Eagles (0-1, 2-1) eventually cost them as defender Alex Yi was called for tripping Quaranta in the box, resulting in Scarfield's game-winner.

"Their counter-attacks hurt us. They'd bypass our midfield and our forwards and just put the ball right on our [defensive] backs," said first-year coach Steve Nichols, who returned all but two starters from a 10-6-1 squad. "They'd keep pressuring, pressuring. We'd keep retreating and retreating."

Curley's defense, meanwhile, splintered McDonogh's attack with Matt Perzynski, Brian Rosenberger and Jeff Kurth often clearing the ball before the Eagles' players could get near it.

"We cleared the ball, especially in the air with the head balls," said second-team All-Metro keeper Jason Muffoletto (four saves). "We wanted to ride out the early pressure, and we did that. We really showed what we're made of."

McDonogh plays at No. 1 Calvert Hall tomorrow.

Pub Date: 9/10/97

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