Eagles step back on 'nobody's day' Keepers shine in scoreless Spalding-McDonogh duel

top-seed hopes vanish

Boys soccer

October 30, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

No. 2-ranked McDonogh took a giant step forward on Monday by shutting out No. 1 Calvert Hall, seemingly securing the top seed for next week's private school tournament.

But the Eagles (17-2-1, 10-2-1) moved backward yesterday after 100 minutes of scoreless soccer with No. 4 Archbishop Spalding (13-4-2, 9-2-2) in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference battle.

"Calvert Hall drained us emotionally, physically," said All-Metro midfielder Jon Cole. "But that's no excuse."

The Eagles entered with the same league record (10-2) as Calvert Hall but had a one-goal advantage (seven to Calvert Hall's eight) in goals allowed against the league -- the third of five tie-breaking criteria used to decide the tournament's top seed.

That was nullified by yesterday's 2-0 win by Calvert Hall (now 17-3, 11-2 with 13 shutouts) over Loyola. Thus, Tuesday's 3 p.m. tourney semifinals will have fourth-seed Archbishop Curley visiting No. 3 Calvert Hall and No. 3 Spalding at No. 2 McDonogh.

McDonogh's Cap Poklemba scored the game-winner against Calvert Hall but missed three golden opportunities yesterday.

"Today wasn't our day," he said. "Today was nobody's day.

Both goalkeepers were spectacular, however. McDonogh's Cam Thompson (11 saves) got his 13th shutout, and Spalding's Reb Beatty (13) his eighth.

Beatty had eight saves during a second half in which McDonogh out-shot Spalding, 12-4, including a stop of Hiroki Kwase's header within 6 yards and Poklemba's 12-yard bullet.

Early in the second of two 10-minute overtime periods, Poklemba made a diagonal run at Beatty but from 15 yards misfired right. Poklemba had missed a nearly identical try with three minutes left in regulation.

The second overtime also featured defender Rob Callinan disrupting a run by Spalding's Brian Medej 6 yards from the goal, and Thompson swatting Jason King's shot over the crossbar. Spalding's Neil Adams misfired from 4 yards with five seconds left.

Late in the first half, Alex Yi deflected Medej's 12-yarder. It was two attackers against Thompson when Justin Muller misplayed a ball inches past the near post, and later, the far post.

Sean McMullen "was surprised" by Thompson's cradling his header and chest volley and booting away his third shot.

Tayseer Chowdhry was similarly intercepted on three occasions by Beatty, King and Jay Broglie in the opening minutes. "They [Cavaliers] deserved the result, but we're disappointed," Chowdhry said.

Calvert Hall 2, Loyola 0: Brian Powell assisted second-half goals by Cam Letke and P.J. Wakefield as the No. 1-ranked Cardinals won the final regular-season game for both schools.

Pub Date: 10/30/97

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