No. 10 Loyola keeps reeling Spalding on the defensive, 2-0 Cavaliers drop 5th in row

No. 2 Curley next for Dons

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September 30, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

After losing six one-goal games last season and missing the league playoffs, visiting Loyola coach Don Kraft told Spalding's Rick Carlson he could relate to losing.

But that was only after Kraft's 10th-ranked Dons (4-1, 10-1) had dealt Carlson's youthful Cavaliers (1-4, 4-6) their fifth straight loss, 2-0, yesterday. Nick Micelli and Justin Januszkiewicz scored the goals as Loyola secured its fifth shutout.

Spalding, which debuted at No. 14 last week, has lost five straight games by a combined 16-0 after graduating nearly every starter from last year's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference runner-up.

"Losing doesn't bother me as much as how we're playing with a defeatist attitude," Carlson said. "Some guys want to play, we just have to find them."

Loyola keeper Shawn Huth has allowed only seven goals -- two against league opponents -- and has three conference shutouts.

Next up for the Dons tomorrow is No. 2 Curley, which has outscored its eight opponents by a combined 35-0. Curley has shutouts over six ranked teams, including a 6-0 win over Spalding, and 2-0 over No. 3 McDonogh, which beat Loyola, 1-0, last Thursday.

"We outshot McDonogh, 9-3, in a great ballgame," Kraft said. "Curley's on a roll, but we have a lot of size and speed, and I don't think they've faced anyone that can run with them like we can."

Said Januszkiewicz, Loyola's top scorer with eight goals and six assists, "Curley's unscored on, so I'm looking to score against them."

Carlson implored his team to "stop watching the Bryan Madej show," referring to its inactivity on attack while second-team All-Metro striker Madej was being marked up by the Dons' John Alecci.

"They have one of the area's best players in No. 20 [Madej], so we marked him very tightly," Kraft said.

Neither team managed a dangerous shot until Micelli dribbled to a space about 25 yards from the goal. Once there, an unchallenged Micelli lifted a right-footer from 25 yards over Spalding's defense that drifted into the near corner over the hands of backpedaling keeper Anthony DiGiulian.

"I saw an opening and just accelerated toward it and chipped it over the goalie's head," Micelli said. "It hung up there for a while and the goalie got caught off his line."

Loyola's Marcus Johnson had a 10-yard bullet batted away by DiGiulian diving to his left with 1: 13 left in the half. DiGiulian stopped six of the Dons' first seven shots in the second half, including Johnson's severe-angled volley that he tipped over the goal.

Grounded after batting away a bullet by Steve Pyzik, however, DiGiulian couldn't recover in time to prevent Januszkiewicz from touching the ball into the back of the net with 32: 33 to play.

Curley, ranked No. 1 in Maryland by Associated Press, debuted at No. 7 in the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America top 25 rankings. No. 15 River Hill, ranked No. 1 by The Sun, is the only other Maryland team in the NSCAA rankings.

Pub Date: 9/30/98

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