Curley shuts down Loyola, 1-0 Top-ranked Friars earn 14th shutout of season

October 28, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Marco Angelini scored his 12th goal of the season and Curley's defense, anchored by Steve Novak and Steve Althoff, turned back the opposition for a 1-0 victory at seventh-ranked Loyola yesterday.

No. 1 Curley improved to 14-0-1 (11-0-1 MIAA A Conference), having outscored the opposition, 55-2, with a school-record 14 shutouts. The previous record of nine was established by the 16-0-1 league champion squad of 1993.

The game-winning sequence began with Althoff, who fired a free kick from his own 18-yard line to Tim Waszlavek at the far sideline 30 yards from the Loyola goal. Waszlavek served the ball to Angelini, who one-timed it into the opposite corner of the net after making the run from the left of goalkeeper Shawn Huth (12 saves).

Loyola's defense had played well before the goal, particularly Huth and sweeper Mike Lookingland -- both sophomores -- John Alecci and senior Wes Bollinger.

Huth showed why he has nine shutouts, diving or swatting his way to 10 second-half saves -- seven of which were in close. But it was "a miscommunication between me and John Alecci," Huth said, that resulted in Angelini's goal six minutes into the second half.

"The keeper thought the defender was going to head it out and stayed near the other post," Angelini said. "The goal was wide-open and I tapped it in with my right foot."

With 27 minutes to play, Loyola (14-4-1, 9-4-1) was forced to play a man down after midfielder Nick Micelli received a red card. But the Dons seemed inspired by the ejection and pressured well the rest of the way.

Loyola, however, missed a golden opportunity when Olympic Developmental region team player Marcus Johnson served his penalty kick nearly right into the hands of junior goalkeeper Adam Jackson (three saves).

Jackson dropped to his knees, grabbed the ball, glanced skyward, and "prayed," he said.

"I said, 'Thank God,' because it came right to me," said the 6-foot-3 Jackson. "I had to guess one way or the other and I guessed left and that's where he shot it. I only took three or four steps that way, and it just came right to me."

Later, Loyola's Josh Ches, within 10 yards of the net, chipped a bouncing pass over an unprotected portion of the goal.

"I can't say enough about Adam Jackson or our four backs, especially Dave Marcozzi, who came in and replaced Matt Moneymaker [out for the year with a broken foot]," Althoff said. "But these guys [Loyola] are a tough group. They gave us a run for our money."

Pub Date: 10/28/98

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