Cole helps McDonogh to MIAA A title, 2-1 Late goal knocks off Curley

Bryn Mawr routs Maryvale

November 08, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Jon Cole was slowed by a bad cold. But McDonogh's best player shook it off and helped the No. 2-ranked Eagles win their first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference soccer championship last night before a large crowd at Johns Hopkins University.

Cole's 26-yard direct kick with 3 minutes, 35 seconds to play was the winning goal in the 2-1 victory over No. 1-ranked and previously unbeaten Archbishop Curley.

"I had trouble getting up and down the field and just did what I could," said Cole, who also made a couple of key defensive plays from a sweeper position late in the game. "They took it to us in the first half but we had our chances in the second half."

Cole bent his shot around the wall from right to left with the inside of his right foot and landed it in the upper corner to the left of goalkeeper Adam Jackson.

"I've played and coached in the A Conference and been around Baltimore soccer for 30 years and I'd have to say Jon Cole is in the same class as a Tim Whittman or Chris Reif," McDonogh coach Steve Nichols said.

Cole got his chance at the game-winning shot because Carey Kopeikin was tripped just outside the box coming back for a ball. "It showed great hustle on Carey's part," Cole said. "There was no doubt where I wanted to kick it."

Unlike its two previous losses to Curley, McDonogh (22-3-1) was able to score first last night. Nichols had stressed the importance of that to his players.

Kaiser Chowdhry (22 goals, 11 assists) took a through ball at the 50-yard line and outraced three defenders down the left side. His shot landed inside the far post with 9: 39 left in the first half.

Curley (17-1-1), which set a school record with 16 shutouts and had outscored its opponents 65-3, squandered three good scoring opportunities before that goal.

"We should have buried one of them," Curley coach Tom "Pep" Perrella said. "Cole should never have gotten that shot [direct kick]. There was a deliberate hand ball. And I don't know how Chowdhry scored his goal with three defenders on him."

An unguarded Chris Quigley ended Curley's scoring frustration in the 69th minute, tying the game at 1-1, when he cradled a through pass from Marco Angelini and blasted it inside the far post from the 15-yard line on the right flank.

Curley had two near-misses in the final three minutes. McDonogh's 6-foot-3 goalie Bob Benson made a leaping save on a header by Santino Quaranta in the 79th minute. And with 22 seconds left, Brandon Scarfield kicked a shot off the post from 20 yards out.

"We got lucky," Benson said. "It hit the pipe and then went off my knee. I almost kicked it in."

Fallston 3, Kenwood 0: Fran Shea, Jason Ruzek and Jeff Schissler scored goals to lead the Cougars over the host Bluebirds in a Class 3A North semifinal. They play Dundalk for the championship on Tuesday at Dundalk Community College.

Sparrows Point 2, Bo Manor 0: Chuck Travis scored a goal and added an assist, and John Tirabassi had a goal to lead the Pointers (7-7) into the Class 1A North championship game against Hereford on Tuesday.

Hereford 2, Perryville 0: Shaun Zimmerman scored the game-winner fifteen minutes into the second half and Dave Washburn added an insurance goal 10 minutes later as the Bulls blanked Perryville in a 1A North semifinal.

Girls

Bryn Mawr 4, Maryvale 1: The Mawrtians polished off an unbeaten season against Catholic League B Division opponents in winning their first league championship at Goucher College.

Theresa Sherry scored three goals and Kara Boyle had a goal and an assist as the Mawrtians (15-1-2) ran up a 4-0 lead by the 48th minute.

Sherry, who scored the eventual game-winner in the 23rd minute, finished off the Lions (11-3) with two goals within two minutes during the first eight minutes after the half.

Bel Air 2, Fallston 0: Lori Zimmerman and Krisy Eyler scored a goal apiece to give the Bobcats (14-1-2) the win over the host Cougars in a 3A North semifinal.

Pub Date: 11/08/98

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