Eagles pay on Curley's penalty Novak, Quaranta score as Friars spill McDonogh

Boys soccer

September 16, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

McDonogh's soccer field seems to bring out the best in Curley's Brandon Scarfield.

A year ago, Scarfield shut out the Eagles on a late penalty kick. Yesterday, Scarfield assisted Steve Novak's game-winner with 14 minutes left in the first half before creating three quality chances for himself in the second half in addition to breaking up a one-on-one opportunity by the second-ranked Eagles.

Brandon Quaranta's penalty kick with 11 minutes to play completed the 2-0 shutout and the upset for the fourth-ranked Friars (2-0, 1-0) in the MIAA A Conference opener for both squads.

"McDonogh was a little weak from some injuries, but we took advantage. It's important to come in here and have a great game. I've been fortunate," said Scarfield, a senior. " 'Q' [Quaranta] and Novak were phenomenal. If we continue to play this way, we should do fine."

For McDonogh (3-2-1, 0-1), the loss was the second straight after a 3-0 start that included a 3-0 shutout of No. 3 Mount Hebron. It was the second shutout in as many games for Curley, which got three goals and an assist from Quaranta in a 5-0 win at C. Milton Wright.

"McDonogh's a great team, and to come in here and win, you've got to consider yourself lucky," said Quaranta, who slipped his penalty kick under diving keeper Bobby Benson (six saves). "It's tough to come back from two goals, especially that late. I think that's what finally broke them."

Scarfield, Quaranta, Tim Wazlavek and freshman Santino Quaranta dictated the early midfield action. In the first half, forward Marco Angelini nearly buried three shots, and Steve Althoff had another snagged by Benson.

Angelini set up Brandon Quaranta's PK after an official ruled he had been pushed down by a defender in the box.

With two-time All-Metro Jon Cole playing from a defensive posture, McDonogh's midfield lacked injured starters Hiroki Kwesi (hip) and Rob Callinan (foot).

Novak redirected Scarfield's cross-field pass off his right in-step and into the net's opposite side past Benson for a 1-0 lead.

Kwesi returned in the second half, when three direct kicks by Cole sailed high, and Friars keeper Adam Jackson (six saves) grabbed a point-blank stop by McDonogh's Kaiser Chowdhry.

Chowdhry later had a shot at an unprotected net skip over the goal's upper corner with his team still down by a goal.

"If he just touches the ball in, we're tied up and we have the momentum," McDonogh coach Steve Nichols said. "So now we haven't scored a goal in two games."

* No. 15 Spalding 4, No. 8 Mount St. Joe 2: Senior Bryan Madej had a role in all the scoring for the visiting Cavaliers as they upset the Gaels in overtime in both teams' MIAA A Conference opener. Madej scored two goals to bring his season's total to six and set up the other two in overtime.

Pub Date: 9/16/98

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