McDonogh snaps loss streak with shutout of Calvert Hall Chowdhry sets up 2 goals, scores another in 3-0 win

September 18, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Sophomore Kaiser Chowdhry assisted on two first-half goals and scored the other as No. 2-ranked McDonogh blanked No. 5 Calvert Hall, 3-0, in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game yesterday.

McDonogh ended a two-game losing streak during which the Eagles (4-2-1, 1-1) had been out-scored 5-0, including Tuesday's 2-0 loss to No. 4 Archbishop Curley. In its wins, however, McDonogh has an 18-0 scoring advantage, including a 3-0 shutout of No. 3 Mount Hebron.

Goalkeeper Bobby Benson, who made six saves, was solid yesterday behind stopper Jon Cole, sweeper Vinnie Ciarpella and defenders Cap Poklemba and Chris Zuk.

Cole credited previously injured midfielders Hiroki Kawase and Rob Callinan for the team's improved play.

"The pressure's off and I can attack more when they're in. It shows how important they are," said Cole, who scored the second goal.

"We never expected to lose two straight games, so we needed a big win," Ciarpella said. "With our full lineup back, we had confidence in ourselves."

Chowdhry made up for missing a point-blank shot against Curley for the potential game-tying goal, starting with two excellent crosses. The first resulted in Devin Barclay's 10-yard header two minutes into the game. The other was one-timed by Cole past Calvert Hall keeper Charlie Asch (11 saves) in the 19th minute.

"I dribbled down the line, found some space and served it both times," said Chowdhry, who slipped the game's last score under Asch just inside the far post with 5: 11 to play.

Asch stopped Cole's 10-yard line drive with 9: 06 left in the first half, and was even better in the second half, stopping Barclay's similar volley. Asch later smothered a two-on-one ball at Chowdhry's feet and snagged Cole's 10-yard direct kick.

Defensive midfielder Steve Adams is the lone returning starter from last year's Cardinals (4-2, 1-1), winners of the program's 19th league title in the 35th and final season of retired coach Bill Karpovich (422-85-33 career record).

Still, this year's Cardinals team of first-year coach Andy Moore -- bolstered by players up from Moore's JV champion of last year -- won a season-opening 1-0 shutout of defending Class 4A state champ Whitman of Montgomery County.

Whitman shut out McDonogh, 3-0.

"McDonogh wasn't clicking against Whitman but was much sharper today," Moore said. "We showed we can play with any team in the state, but we have a lot to learn about playing in this league."

Pub Date: 9/18/98

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