Spalding's 2nd-half heat burns Curley Defender's goal begins spurt to 10th victory, 4-1

Boys soccer

October 11, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

As Archbishop Spalding's top marking back, Mark Cunningham's primary role is to shut down the opponent's most dangerous striker.

Against visiting Archbishop Curley yesterday, the senior defender had a rare opportunity to experience things from the other side.

Cunningham's header off Brian Wright's corner kick early in the second half started a three-goal splurge that put the No. 6-ranked Cavaliers past No. 5 Curley, 4-1, in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game.

"I saw it coming, but there was two guys on me, so I just jumped as high as I could and headed it in," he said. "We didn't want to lose this game. Last year, they came down here and beat us. In my senior year, I didn't want that to happen again."

Seniors Sean McMullen (two goals) and Brian Wright (three assists) took care of the rest of the offense as the Cavaliers (10-3-1) took over an even match with the strong second-half effort.

"At the half, they really focused on their individual roles, and the team part followed after that," said Spalding coach Rick Carlson. "We started to win balls we didn't [win] in the first half, and the key was intensity. It all starts there, and once we win that, it allows us to move forward."

The Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead 15 minutes into the game when McMullen scored his first, a shot from the near right after the Curley defense was unable to clear.

Curley (8-3-1) got even a little later with some nice work along the left side, stringing four passes together with Steve Novak finishing a pass from Tim Wazlavek.

Continuing to press for the remaining 16 minutes of the half but unable to find the go-ahead goal, the worst thing that happened to Curley was the halftime break.

"The second half, Spalding came out with a lot more intensity. They wanted the game more than we did. It's disappointing," said Curley coach Pep Perrella.

Cunningham, who has two goals on the season, stationed himself in front of Curley keeper Jason Muffoletto for Wright's corner kick and, in a crowd of players, managed to get just enough on the header to get it across the goal line. The goal came six minutes into the second half and set the tone for the remainder.

Junior Brian Medej then made it 3-1, tapping in a ball from Wright, and McMullen ended the scoring with a through ball from Wright with 15 minutes left.

"In the locker room, we pulled it all together, decided to play some hard-nosed soccer," said McMullen. "We picked our heads up to send some through balls to use our speed and bust in some goals."

No. 15 Patterson 10, Southern-Baltimore 0: Senior Guillermo Pineda scored five goals to lead the Clippers (9-1 overall, 8-0 Baltimore City East) over the visiting Bulldogs (1-8, 1-8). Sophomore Lukas Marcisz and junior Lou Giannapoulis each had a goal and two assists for Patterson.

Pub Date: 10/11/97

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