Archbishop Curley fans relentlessly heckled Calvert Hall striker Cam Letke throughout the game. So when Letke strolled to the sidelines for a breather, he flashed two fingers on one hand and a zero with the other.
Letke finished the game's only two goals as top-ranked Calvert Hall downed No. 7 host Curley, 2-0, yesterday in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference matchup.
"We stunk," Letke said. "We're still not clicking out there. Luckily, I could finish today, or we might have not got through this game."
It was another game of missed opportunities for Calvert Hall. The Cardinals (14-2), who have now scored just six goals on 46 shots in their past two games, applied consistent pressure but couldn't pull away.
"This is the year of the goal posts," Calvert Hall coach Bill Karpovich said. "Every game, it seems we hit them. One game, they're going to unload and hit the net instead of the posts."
Calvert Hall scored its first goal 12 minutes into the game by flooding the goal-mouth, maneuvering three players behind Curley's defense. Taking a short pass from Tim Gober, Letke made the point-blank shot.
Letke gave the Cardinals a 2-0 cushion midway through the second half with a tremendous individual effort. Taking a long, rolling pass from Joe Marcozzi, Letke dribbled upfield a few yards, side-stepped Curley defender Mike Lynch and angled an 8-yard shot into the right corner of the goal.
Despite the defeat, Curley (8-5-1) came away with a positive attitude after playing more solidly than it did during a 4-1 loss at Calvert Hall a month ago. The Friars had several good, first-half scoring chances, and goalkeeper Jason Muffoletto kept the game close with two outstretched saves early in the second half.
"We played with a lot more intensity than the last time," Curley coach Pep Perrella said. "Even when we got behind, we didn't think we were out of it."
But the game hinged on Letke's effort. Even the second head-to-head sibling matchup of Frank Scarfield of Calvert Hall and Brandon Scarfield of Curley didn't factor into the game.
And it wasn't the first time Curley had pointed to Letke as the game-breaker. In the past three meetings with the Friars, Letke scored three of the Cardinals' seven goals and added two assists.
"They're our soccer rivals," Letke said. "I don't care how the teams are doing. When we play each other, everyone gets fired up."