McDonogh cools off No. 2 Spalding, 3-1 No. 6 Eagles take control early, frustrate Cavs

Boys soccer

October 01, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

McDonogh's visit to Archbishop Spalding yesterday afternoon came with a different view.

For a change, it was the Eagles who were a little behind the host Cavaliers in the MIAA A Conference standings, as well as the metro area rankings.

McDonogh coach Steve Nichols said his team was "behind the eight ball" with games against Curley and Calvert Hall coming up next week.

Under those circumstances, the No. 6 Eagles' answer was to come out and outwork No. 2 Spalding, which they did in coming away with a 3-1 win in Severn.

The Eagles (9-1) improve to 5-1 in conference play, while handing the Cavaliers (8-2-1, 5-1-1) their first league loss.

"We wanted to come out and match their intensity level and work rate today and we did that," Nichols said.

The Eagles established the midfield from the start and did a good job marking in the back to frustrate Spalding's countering game.

They took a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute when freshman forward Kaiser Chowdhry scored off a rebound from six yards out. Junior midfielder Jon Cole took the first shot, which Spalding senior keeper Reb Beatty turned aside, but Chowdhry was there for the rebound.

Less than two minutes later, senior midfielder Bobby Cherneski converted a penalty kick to make it 2-0 and the Eagles accomplished their goal.

"They have a lot of success early by coming out with a lot of energy, so we wanted to take that away and come out and control the tempo," said Cole. "We came out focused and played a solid game. This was a big win."

Some tight marking in back from the Eagles' defense, led by Cherneski and sweeper Alex Yi, never enabled the Cavaliers to get into any kind of offensive flow.

Cole gave the Eagles a 3-0 lead 12 minutes into the second half with his ninth goal of the season, to go along with eight assists.

Midway through the half, it was McDonogh keeper Cam Thompson's turn to come up big, making two clutch saves.

The Cavaliers finally found the net with eight minutes left when Neil Adams scored on a rebound.

The Eagles had six straight shutout wins prior to the goal.

"They're an excellent team. They outworked us today and deserved the game. Hopefully, we can learn from this," said Spalding coach Rick Carlson. "I liked how we didn't quit, but we have to come out ready to play with intensity.

"It starts with hard work and if you can't match that and their skills, you're not going to win games."

Pub Date: 10/01/97

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