Calvert Hall's Derek Ciotta hated being benched by first-year coach Andy Moore for the first half of last night's game at Spalding.
So when he got his chance after the intermission, Ciotta ignited the fifth-ranked Cardinals during a second half that produced seven of nine corner kicks and a 2-0 MIAA A Conference victory.
The senior deflected Randy Tolson's perfectly placed corner kick between the outstretched hands of keeper Chris DeHenzel in the 54th minute as Calvert Hall improved to 2-1 in the league and 5-2 overall. Spalding is 1-1, 4-3.
"Randy sent me a dream ball and I just touched it in from about 10 yards," said Ciotta, who watched Justin Layfield score the insurance goal, assisted by Mike Norton, with 3: 37 remaining.
"I showed poor judgment before the game and didn't play all first half," he said. "But that's my first goal of the season."
Calvert Hall got stellar defensive play from Dwight Bowman, Brian Mulford and keeper Charlie Asch (nine saves) in thwarting Spalding's second-team All-Metro striker Bryan Madej, who nearly knocked in the Cavaliers' first three shots of the game and continued to be trouble all evening.
Asch smothered Madej's low, 10-yard grounder. Madej later juked Mulford with a cross-over dribble to go one-on-one with Asch, only to have Bowman materialize and strip the ball before he got off the shot. Madej also volleyed wide of the far post 21 minutes in, and in the second half had Layfield deflect his goal-bound, 10-yard bullet.
"We're a young team that graduated 10 starters, but we're getting the hang of this," said Bowman, a junior. "We knew we'd have our hands full with Madej, but Mulford has a lot of stamina and stayed with him all night."
But it was Bowman who often was the first defender to the 50-50 balls or who stripped attackers several times in the Cardinals' defensive end. Once in the first half, Bowman redirected the ball into an offensive relay that ended with Tolson's 25-yard shot sailing inches over the crossbar.
"Tolson was trouble all night, and he put that corner kick right on goal," said Spalding coach Rick Carlson. "For our part, well, you can't give up volleys within 12 yards of the goal on knee-high balls [corner kicks]."
Just before halftime, DeHenzel dived to the right to tip Mike Joseph's 15-yard bullet inches wide of the far post. DeHenzel (eight saves) smothered Tolson's second-half shot and tipped wide yet another try by Joseph with six minutes to play.
"We weren't at our best tonight, but take nothing away from Calvert Hall," Carlson said. "We didn't lose the game -- they won it."
No. 2 Curley 5, Mount St. Joseph 0: Marco Angelini had two goals and two assists in leading the host Friars (5-0) to victory over the Gaels (3-4) in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game.
No. 12 Loyola 4, John Carroll 1: Marcus Johnson had two goals as the Dons (8-0) defeated the host Patriots.
Mount St. Joseph sophomore Greg Zmijdwski set a new course record of 16: 48 in a 5K race against Calvert Hall. The Gaels won the dual meet, 20-35.
Pub Date: 9/23/98