2 second-half goals lift No. 2 Curley over Loyola to 9th shutout Novak, Angelini score for unscored-on Friars

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October 02, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Archbishop Curley defender Steve Novak's goal off Brandon Scarfield's assist less than two minutes into the second half sparked the Friars to a 2-0 win over visiting Loyola yesterday, their school-record ninth shutout in as many victories.

With 14 minutes to play, No. 2-ranked Curley padded its lead on back-to-back headers by Marco Angelini and Georgie Bakoulas, Angelini scoring his eighth goal -- Curley's 37th -- off Bakoulas' short feed from the left.

Curley, ranked No. 7 nationally by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, improved to 6-0 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference (9-0 overall). No. 10 Loyola slipped to 4-2 in the league, 10-2 overall.

Staring into a blinding sun, coping with a swirling wind, and facing 13 shots from determined Loyola, Curley's first-year goalkeeper, Adam Jackson, made 11 of his 16 saves before halftime.

"I couldn't see at all. The wind was blowing. I was kind of shaky," said the 6-foot-3 Jackson, who mishandled the first ball he touched.

The scenario bore an eerie resemblance to an earlier 2-0 shutout of No. 3 McDonogh. There, Scarfield assisted Novak's game-winner, and Jackson ignored an ear infection after being named starter by coach Pep Perrella moments before gametime.

"Loyola came ready to play, but Jackson handled things well under pressure," said Curley sweeper Steve Althoff.

Jackson was grounded early in the game after deflecting a blast from top scoring striker Justin Januszkiewicz (eight goals, six assists), but Curley defender Mike Lynch cleared the ball. Loyola's Marcus Johnson also chipped a ball over the goal from 10 yards.

"We ran right at them with our strength," said coach Don Kraft, whose Dons have allowed nine goals but also have five shutouts. "But we didn't convert some close shots, which you can't miss against Curley."

Perrella caused a momentum swing late in the first half by using Novak and Matt Moneymaker as double-stoppers and inserting Dave Marcozzi into the backfield. The move resulted in a shot by Moneymaker -- Curley's first in the game -- skimming over the goal 14 minutes before intermission.

Curley's midfield play improved with Scarfield, Tim Waszlavek and cousins Santino and Brandon Quaranta. The increased backfield support prompted Dons midfielder Nick Micelli to scream toward Kraft, "They're killing us in the middle."

"We started settling it, knocking it wide, playing like we have all year," Scarfield said.

Said Jackson: "I knew if I held up, we'd get the second-half goals."

Novak did, 1: 54 after the intermission. Scarfield's header deflected a corner kick by Tim Waszlavek toward Novak, who one-timed a right-foot shot from 6 yards past keeper Shawn Huth (eight saves).

"The ball was floating toward the far post, but Brandon headed it to me and I picked it out of the air," Novak said. "That was a monkey off our backs."

Pub Date: 10/02/98

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