Cardinals rebound, trounce Curley, 4-1 Calvert Hall finishes three of first seven shots

September 20, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Archbishop Curley coach Pep Perrella said Calvert Hall's losing for the first time in 28 games on Wednesday was the worst thing that could have happened to his Friars entering their game yesterday against the Cardinals.

He was prophetic.

The charged-up, No. 1-ranked Cardinals (6-1, 2-1 league) built an early 3-0 lead and gave No. 4 Curley (4-1-1, 2-0-1) its first loss of the season, 4-1.

Still smarting from their 1-0 loss at No. 8 Archbishop Spalding, a team the Friars tied, 1-1, the Cardinals put three of their first seven shots into the net in a rematch of last year's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title game.

Overall, the Cardinals shot only 11 times -- a far cry from firing 26 shots at Spalding, which ended Calvert Hall's unbeaten streak at 26-0-1.

But the Cardinals' first two shots yesterday, in the 12th and 16th minutes, became goals by Brett Wagner off assists from All-Metro striker Cam Letke. The plays were developed by Brian Powell, who also scored the Cardinals' fourth goal with 12: 29 to play.

With five goals and three assists each this season, Powell and Letke lead the Cardinals, who have out-scored their opponents 31-3, with four shutouts.

Calvert Hall went up 3-0 with 5: 44 left in the half when P.J. Wakefield beat Curley defenders to a through-ball and beat goalkeeper Jason Muffoletto one-on-one.

But then Curley, which had out-scored its previous opponents by a combined 14-3, with three shutouts, got a goal back 4: 01 before halftime. Matt Moneymaker's 30-yarder sailed over the out-stretched hands of Cardinals' goalkeeper Tom Paparounis.

"They were well prepared and out-worked us in the first half, but without those quick goals and a couple of mistakes, we played them evenly, later on," said Perrella. His Friars entered the game as the MIAA's only undefeated team (Spalding lost to New Jersey's St. Benedict's).

Curley replaced a starting forward with an extra defender in trying to stop the high-scoring Letke, but as Perrella said, "They clearly out-played us and deserved to win today."

Wagner said the game made up slightly for his having blown a golden chance against Spalding.

"I finally figured out how to score, I guess, and we came together as a team, taking better shots," said Wagner. "When we play this way, I don't think anybody can beat us."

Letke, who was shut out against Spalding for the only time this season but rebounded yesterday, said he and his teammates "were ready for revenge."

"We wanted to prove that the Spalding game was a fluke," he said.

Pub Date: 9/20/97

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