St. Paul's brings out `A' game, stuns McDonogh

Crusaders upset champs, 3-2, in A Conference debut

High Schools

Boys soccer

September 05, 2001|By Sam Atkinson | Sam Atkinson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

St. Paul's will not forget its first-ever Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference boys soccer game.

The Crusaders (1-1) upended No. 2 McDonogh, last season's A Conference champion, yesterday at home, 3-2 in overtime.

"I don't think we could have started off with a better situation than we did today. You couldn't have asked for anything more," St. Paul's first-year coach Steve Boardman said.

St. Paul's, last season's B Conference champ, was led by senior P.K. Fisher, who scored the game-winner to cap a three-point performance of two goals and one assist.

Fisher played for the Eagles his sophomore year before transferring to St. Paul's after several months.

"I played for McDonogh my sophomore year and I really wanted to come back and have a good showing against them," Fisher said.

The game went into overtime after the teams battled to a 1-1 tie in regulation. The teams played two 10-minute overtime periods.

In the opening overtime period, the Crusaders struck first as Fisher sent a shot off the right post that was followed by junior Nick Kolodsiey, who sent the ball into the left corner.

McDonogh started to show some frustration as it was held scoreless in the first overtime.

The Eagles (0-2-1) answered in the second overtime period as they kept pressure on the St. Paul's goal. After several great saves by junior Joe Ciattei (17 saves), the Eagles found the back of the net off the foot of freshman Matt Beckman.

Minutes later, St. Paul's Andrew Pierson sent a header into the goalie box behind the Eagles' defense to leave Fisher one-on-one with freshman keeper Alex Horwath. Fisher ripped a strong left-footed shot past a diving Horwath to give the Crusaders the 3-2 lead.

McDonogh had several more chances in the waning minutes, but could not get a shot past Ciattei.

The St. Paul's defense also shut down first-team All-Metro midfielder Brian Yi, who was held scoreless.

"We are a good team, but we are young," McDonogh coach Stephen Nichols said. "We are not as good as we were last year. We needed a team effort and we weren't prepared to play. Our guys showed no respect today."

Fisher scored the game's first goal 15 minutes into the first half.

McDonogh tied it in the second half as Kyle McHugh scored off a direct kick.

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