Spalding takes advantage of mistake to tie Curley, 1-1 Ranked teams are content with 2-overtime deadlock

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September 13, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

There are rewards for hard work, as visiting Archbishop Spalding found out yesterday in its 1-1 tie against No. 5-ranked Archbishop Curley.

Trailing 1-0 at half, the No. 8 Cavaliers (3-0-1) pressed for the equalizer right from the start of the second half and received a gift when junior Brian Medej tapped in a ball from right in front of the goal after a Curley defensive lapse.

After that, it was Curley's turn to press, but after two 10-minute overtime sessions both teams left reasonably pleased with a tie.

"The biggest thing in this game is heart, and I think we showed a lot of that in the second half," said Medej. "This was a tough game, and we had a great effort."

After Spalding tied the game, it was Curley (2-0-1) that regrouped and had most of the scoring chances the rest of the way -- particularly in the second overtime.

Sophomore Brandon Quaranta hit the crossbar from 25 yards out with four minutes left. A little later, fellow sophomore Steve Althoff beat a defender inside the penalty area and put a low shot on Spalding senior keeper Reb Beatty, who turned it aside.

Curley scored first, taking a 1-0 lead 18 minutes into the first half on a penalty kick by junior Brandon Scarfield. The Friars continued to carry play most of the first half, but it was Spalding that came out fast in the second half.

"Right after we scored, we slowed the pace, and then in the second half, they really came out strong -- it was a tough break," Scarfield said.

Spalding's break came when Curley failed to clear and then had a communications breakdown with a defender looking to head the ball back to unsuspecting goalkeeper Jason Muffoletto.

Medej was there to take advantage, tapping the ball in easily from the right side.

"It was tough, giving up a goal without a shot. We got a little cute when we should have cleared," said Curley coach Pep Perrella. "But they were pressing and deserved the goal. We have to pick up the tempo, but this wasn't a bad result. We have five sophomores, and we'll learn to pick up the intensity as the season progresses. At 2-0-1, I think we're ahead of schedule."

Said Spalding coach Rick Carlson: "We set out to win every game we play, so in that regard, we're not satisfied. Curley came out ready to play -- very intense -- and showed us everything we expected from them. We picked up the intensity in the second half, kept plugging away and got the goal."

Pub Date: 9/13/97

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