No. 1 Calvert Hall shows top form, 3-0 Cards beat Spalding for 1st place, revenge

October 15, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Top-ranked Calvert Hall has outshot each of its 15 opponents but has lacked a consistent attack from the wings.

That element was in place during yesterday's 3-0 boys soccer shutout of visiting Archbishop Spalding (10-4-1, 7-2-1), as the Cardinals (13-2, 8-1) avenged a double-overtime setback to the Cavaliers and regained first place in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference.

Calvert Hall outshot Spalding, 26-4, and had nine corner kicks.

"You could tell the difference in how crossing the ball gave us better chances," said Frank Scarfield, who assisted on Brian Powell's game-winner in the 17th minute, and scored off an assist from Tim Gober with 8: 52 left in the first half.

Benched for what coach Bill Karpovich called "lack of productivity," Scarfield did not start for the first time this season yesterday.

"I was pretty fired up to show him that I could play," Scarfield said.

Both scoring opportunities developed off crosses from the near corner.

"Brian was unmarked on the first one, and was able to head it in from 6 yards," said Spalding's 6-foot-3, 185-pound goalkeeper, Reb Beatty (seven saves). "The second goal looked like a cross, but a crosswind made it swerve. I got my fingertips on it, but it slipped right into the corner."

With 28 minutes to play, top scorer Cam Letke (11 goals, five assists) found P. J. Wakefield (seven goals, six assists) in the near corner. Wakefield dribbled around a defender and rifled the ball past Beatty into the opposite side of the net.

It was the eighth shutout for goalkeeper Tom Paparounis (two saves), whose defenders are Tim Gober, Mike Duley, Jason Swem and Chuck Paparounis.

Karpovich (416-84-33 in 31 seasons) began substitutions with 20

TC minutes left. And with 10 minutes left, Powell was the only original starter still on the field.

"I kept telling everybody to play hard every minute," joked Powell, whose eight goals and four assists rank second in team scoring with Brett Wagner. "It only takes two minutes to lose a game."

Powell was referring to the fact that the Cardinals allowed two goals in the game's final 11 minutes Sunday against Bullis after leading 1-0 on his goal. Bullis, ranked No. 1 by the Washington Post and No. 3 nationally by USA Today, had been outshot, 28-7.

"People were starting to think we're a team that loses composure after dominating big games," Wakefield said. "This shows we should [be undefeated.]"

But since finishing 1-16-1 at the end of 1995, fifth-year coach Rick Carlson's Cavaliers have been creeping closer to the Cardinals.

Spalding finished 10-8 last year but not before dropping a 2-1, double-overtime decision to the Cardinals near the end of the regular season, and losing, 1-0, to the 18-time league champions in last year's tournament semifinals.

Spalding's 1-0 double-overtime victory in September -- on a goal by Justin Muller in the 98th minute -- had ended the Cardinals' 27-game unbeaten streak (26-0-1, including 5-0 this season).

Yesterday, however, Muller's second-half volley sailed wide of the far post. And in the first half, Tom Paparounis cradled two dead-on shots by Jason King and Mike Wallace.

Beatty called yesterday's effort "10 times worse" than both the Cavaliers' earlier win over Calvert Hall and last week's rout of No. 7 Curley, a team the Cavaliers tied, 1-1, in their first meeting.

"We're a team that wins by playing hard, and that's what we did in those two games," Beatty said. "But today, we were flat with absolutely no intensity."

Pub Date: 10/15/97

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