No. 2 Calvert Hall takes physical road to 2-1 win

Pardew powers Cards past No. 4 McDonogh

Boys soccer

High Schools

September 26, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Several of Ben Pardew's Calvert Hall teammates jumped on top of him after he scored the game-winning goal in the 78th minute to defeat McDonogh yesterday, 2-1.

That may be why he was caked with more mud than the average player after all was said and done.

But his dirty uniform also indicated just how hard he had played at forward - and how physical a game it had been.

He sported a cut on the corner of his smiling lips, as well as a cut on his mud-streaked arm.

"We knew that the more physical team would win," Pardew said. "They [McDonogh] played real well, but we knocked it around and put a good game together."

The No. 2-ranked Cardinals' victory was the first encounter between two teams that could end up playing for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference championship. The two teams definitely will play one more time at McDonogh.

But yesterday was Calvert Hall's opportunity to cash in on its home-field advantage, a muddy field with a crown in the middle and one that drops off near the sidelines.

"The soft footing helped us more," Pardew said. "They like a perfect, wide field like the one at McDonogh."

Calvert Hall (7-0-1 overall, 4-0-1 league) attempted to attack No. 4-ranked McDonogh (8-3-1, 4-2) from the corners and off of diagonal runs, avoiding attacking from the middle.

"They are really organized at central defense so it's hard to beat them there," Calvert Hall coach Andy Moore said.

The number of quality scoring chances was limited for both teams.

Calvert Hall's sophomore center midfielder Patrick Healey initiated the scoring on a header off a cross from Will Bach in the 28th minute. The beautiful shot rolled just inside the post and past the outstretched hand of McDonogh's freshman goalkeeper Alex Horwath.

McDonogh retaliated before halftime. Center midfielder Alex Yi drove down the right side and crossed a ball to Jon Nelson, who one-touched it off his leg to Kyle McHugh.

McHugh's ensuing shot bounced off Calvert Hall goalkeeper Phil Phillips before McHugh scored off the rebound in the 35th minute.

On the game-winner, Pardew got the ball to Bach as they attacked down the right side. Bach's shot bounced off Horwath and Pardew hit a volley under the crossbar.

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