No, 4 McDonogh holds off comeback by No. 5 Loyola

Yi scores twice, assists on another in 3-2 win

Boys soccer

September 21, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

With a three-goal lead and nearly 20 minutes left to play, fourth-ranked McDonogh seemed in complete control of visiting Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference rival Loyola.

In the end, however, not only did the defending champion Eagles (7-2-1, 4-1) allow the Dons back into the game, but they nearly let a victory slip away before winning, 3-2, yesterday.

"We stopped playing. We have to work for 80 minutes, not just 70 minutes, but that's what happens with a young team," said McDonogh coach Steve Nichols. "But we're a different team on the road than we are at home, and Tuesday at Calvert Hall, we'll have to work hard for 80 minutes. If we don't, they'll score three goals on us in the final 10 minutes."

Brian Yi led the Eagles with two goals and an assist, and Matt Beckman scored the third goal against Loyola keeper Amir Karimian (nine saves). Loyola's Kevin Mezzadra and Matt Curran scored within the game's final nine minutes, but the fifth-ranked Dons (4-3-1, 1-2) couldn't swing the comeback.

It was 1-0 seven minutes into the game after Yi hit a 10-yard cross-body volley off a corner kick.

"It was a one-timer, right after the Loyola defender headed it out. It was chest-height, so it was a perfect thing just to swing through it," said Yi, a junior. "I was close enough so that when I hit it, it was hard enough that the goalie couldn't react."

Beckman made it 2-0 three minutes into the second half.

The freshman forward's back was to the goal when he received a deflected ball, turned and fired it across the goal mouth and into the opposite corner of the net.

"I had my back to the goal and somebody headed it out. I just turned my head, hit it far post and it went in," Beckman said. "It was left-footed, probably couldn't do it again."

Yi did it again with 16 minutes left to play, running onto a through ball by Matt Zimmerman and beating Karimian, one on one.

In the second half, Loyola's offense forced McDonogh defenders Match Zimmerman, Tyler Stoviak and Yi to help freshman keeper Alex Horwath (six saves) by clearing shots that were headed for the back of the net. Horwath helped himself as well, thwarting point-blank attempts by Kevin Mezzadra and Matt Curran.

But the Dons' pressure finally produced as Mezzadra, off a feed from Kevin Brake, won a footrace with a defender and placed the ball past an oncoming Horwath. Curran, assisted by Chase Grahan, headed the ball past Horwath from 8 yards away.

"We just didn't have it in the first half, and they play very well on this field," said Loyola coach Don Kraft. "It wasn't our day today, but we look forward to having them on our field."

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