Corradini gets Saints past St. Paul's Midfielder's goal difference in St. Mary's 1-0 victory

October 14, 1998|By Lowell E. Sunderland | Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF

Quality players find ways to win big games. St. Mary's midfielder Kevin Corradini warrants the adjective, and his goal off a fortuitous bounce in the second overtime period gave the No. 13-ranked Saints a hard-fought, 1-0 win over tenacious St. Paul's yesterday.

The senior-laden Saints (13-2-0 overall and 11-0-0 league) kept first place in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference by beating second-place St. Paul's (11-4-1, 8-2-1 and defending conference champ) for the second time this fall. St. Mary's won at home earlier, 2-0, on two late goals.

But so evenly matched were these teams, a tie would have reflected play accurately yesterday. Hardly anyone on either bench doubts they're apt to play a third time before the MIAA playoffs end next month.

"This is one of the greatest rivalries we have," said St. Mary's coach Jamie McNealey. "Every game we play seems to go to the wire."

Corradini's getting the game-winner wasn't that surprising. He is, after all, in his fourth season on the Saints' varsity, and as play-making midfielder, his talents are both widely known and respected. The Crusaders had pretty much marginalized him, though, keeping the ball away from him yesterday and closely marking virtually his every step.

But how it happened surprised everyone, including Corradini. Just 54 seconds into the second 10-minute overtime period, a partially cleared ball from a flurry of action in St. Paul's box dropped at his feet just left of the penalty spot, and he buried a grass-cutter into the goal's lower left corner, easily beating Crusaders goalkeeper Mike Ciattei.

"The ball popped out of a bunch, and it was just me and the keeper," Corradini said of his fourth goal, adding: "It was a real physical game."

St. Paul's had one good chance to tie, a restart off a foul to the top-left of St. Mary's penalty box with seven minutes left. But sweeper Conor Ford's shot sailed over a five-man wall and the goal.

"It was a balanced game with one mistake," is the way St. Paul's coach Howard Schindler summed it up.

"It's always a real tough game up here," said Saints senior midfielder Chris Garrity. "This is a big win, but we'll see them again. I have no doubts."

No. 3 McDonogh 1, No. 11 Calvert Hall 0: Kaiser Chawdry converted off a pass from Rob Callinan for his team-leading 14th goal of the year, as the host Eagles (15-2-1) posted their 11th shutout. Chawdry's goal came in the 20th minute and helped McDonogh sweep Calvert Hall (8-7) for the first time in three years.

Pub Date: 10/14/98

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