Curley grants coach his wish, beats Cards, 3-0 6-0, unscored-on Friars dominate midfield play

Boys soccer

September 25, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Archbishop Curley coach Tom "Pep" Perrella enjoyed the 46th birthday present his players gave him yesterday, a 3-0 victory over longtime rival Calvert Hall.

The No. 2-ranked Friars (6-0 overall, 3-0 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference) not only remained unbeaten, they stayed unscored upon. They have scored 28 goals.

"None of my teams has ever been on a roll like this," Perrella said. "This team thinks three or four touches ahead and creates more opportunities than any team I've had. We have eight or nine great players."

Curley was so dominant, especially at midfield, that it didn't seem like a typical Curley-Calvert Hall game -- even more so, because the Cardinals' coaching legend, Bill Karpovich, retired following last season.

"This is my 12th year at Curley, and it is strange not coaching against Karp," Perrella said. "This is one of the few years I've come to Calvert Hall knowing I had the better team. We expected to create a lot of chances, and we probably had 12 to 14. When you get that many, you're going to score three or four goals."

Brandon Quaranta showed terrific composure in scoring the first goal in the 18th minute. Sandwiched between two defenders, he volleyed a hard shot just inside the near post from about 10 yards. One of his teammates screened Calvert Hall goalkeeper Charlie Asch.

Five minutes later, freshman Santino Quaranta, Brandon's cousin, flicked a pass from Marco Angelini off the outside of a foot to beat Asch, who was coming out of the goal.

That goal virtually clinched a defeat for No. 5-ranked Calvert Hall (5-3, 2-2).

In the second half, Angelini (seven goals, four assists), Curley's leading scorer, wrapped up the scoring when he headed in a cross from Tim Wazlavek. Asch was powerless to stop the shot.

Curley missed two more scoring opportunities in the waning minutes. Asch stopped Brandon Scarfield's penalty kick with 4: 10 to play. And with 22 seconds left, Scarfield's volley at an open net sailed high.

First-year Calvert Hall coach Andy Moore was not pleased with what he saw from his team.

"Curley was more aggressive to the ball from front to back, and they moved quickly off the ball," Moore said. "Curley is a solid, good team with a lot of talent and depth. I never expected us to play like this on our home field. We're so young that it's still a learning process for us. We'll get better. But we certainly learned a couple of lessons today."

No. 3 McDonogh 1, No. 12 Loyola 0: Cap Poklemba's first-half penalty kick propelled the visiting Eagles (7-2-1, 3-1 in MIAA A Conference) past the previously undefeated Dons (8-1, 3-1).

Goalkeeper Bobby Benson made nine saves to secure McDonogh's fifth shutout and fourth straight victory.

Loyola has yielded only seven goals this season.

Pub Date: 9/25/98

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