Calvert Hall's muscle, speed wither Whitman Goals by Powell, Gober carry Cardinals to 2-0 win

Boys soccer

September 14, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

For years, Calvert Hall and Whitman had competed in highly competitive scrimmages. Last night they played a regular-season game, and the visiting Cardinals got second-half goals from Brian Powell and Tim Gober to win, 2-0, when it counted.

Powell ran onto a pass at 25 yards out, turned on it and raced past a final defender before beating keeper James Cochran (12 saves) with his blast into the far corner with 19: 02 to play. A grounded Cochran got both hands on Gober's offering six minutes later, but the off-speed volley carried too much backspin and rolled in behind him.

The victory for No. 1 Calvert Hall (5-0, three shutouts) ran its unbeaten streak to 27 games and came over last year's Class 4A state champion and a perennial Montgomery County power.

In Whitman (3-1, two shutouts), the Cardinals (21-0-1, 13 shutouts last season) overcame a team that had beaten Centennial, 4-3, and Sanderson High of North Carolina, a program that was ranked No. 7 nationally last season.

The Cardinals, already playing without All-Metro midfielder Mike Schaeffer (knee injury), had to play against Whitman without starter Matt Joseph, who was red carded for fighting in yesterday morning's 1-0 victory over Churchill.

They dictated a rugged, fast pace, with the defense often pushing beyond midfield. The Cards outshot Whitman, 14-1, in the first half (28-4 for the game), hitting the goal posts three times in the first half.

Defensively, Cardinals Steve Adams, Tim Gober, Mike Duley and Tom Paparounis were so adept at controlling, splittering, settling and otherwise diverting Whitman's short-touch game that astonished Whitman coach Dave Green marveled from his team bench.

"This touch-passing stuff's not going to work on these guys. They're running through everything. They have incredible composure," Green told his team at halftime.

Speedy David Atchortua, Whitman's highly touted Venezuelan exchange student, got few touches on the ball beyond midfield and was a non-factor.

"We had some big tackles on him and didn't really let him turn on anything," Gober said. "We respected him because he's a great player."

In the game's first minute, All-Metro striker Cam Letke -- who was yellow-carded for arguing during a direct kick -- slammed a right-footed shot off the crossbar from 10 yards. With 28: 45 left in the half, Letke was shy on a header. At 20 minutes, P.J. Wakefield's 25-yarder smacked the far post, as did Wakefield's direct kick 10 seconds before halftime.

Letke, who had 21 goals and 13 assists last year, scored his game-winning fifth goal of the year against Churchill.

Pub Date: 9/14/97

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