Miller, No. 1 Calvert Hall tie No. 9 Mt. St. Joe, 0-0

In rematch with Johnson, healthy Cardinals senior leads attack on defense

Boys soccer

October 03, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

A leg injury after a collision with Mount St. Joseph striker Saah Johnson sidelined Chris Miller for the final five games last fall, but the senior sweeper from Calvert Hall cashed in on his matchup with the speedy scoring machine yesterday.

Miller limited Johnson to only two dangerous shots in a 0-0 tie after 100 minutes of boys soccer action. And on a day when No. 1 Calvert Hall (8-0-2, 5-0-2 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference) was outshot 24-14 (10-2 in the second half), Miller saw his effort as a consolation prize, along with those of keeper Phil Phillips (14 saves) and defenders, Phil Engle and Brian Lanzi.

"I didn't let him turn on anything or get off many shots. I played with a lot of inspiration after being injured against him last year," Miller said. "We didn't win. But we did well, considering, and we'll do better next time."

The ninth-ranked Gaels (6-2-1, 5-1-1 MIAA A) played with intensity despite Monday's 2-0 lost to John Carroll. Mike Dougherty had six shots on goal, including an 18-yarder that skimmed over the crossbar seconds before halftime. Midway into the second half, Phillips swatted away Jake Dashiell's drifting volley. Dougherty's follow-up hit the crossbar and was subsequently cleared.

Johnson's header, off a corner kick with 6:50 left in regulation, seemed to have crossed the plane of the goal before officials ruled that Calvert Hall's Patrick Healey had cleared it. Seconds later, Steve Vogt hit the goal's upper corner to Phillips' left.

In overtime, Phillips blocked Dashiell's 10-yard shot seconds after Dougherty had yet again hit the post. "We must have hit the post five times. The intensity was there, we just didn't put it away," Dougherty said.

Calvert Hall's two best strikers, Ben Pardew and Brett Pearman, were slowed by leg injuries "and played like it," said Cardinals coach Andy Moore, whose team had little success against Gaels keeper Dave Semko (10 saves) and defenders Matt Dryer, Joe Meyer, Jordan Spilker and Kurt Wilson.

For Calvert Hall, Healey missed from within 5 yards just before halftime, and Semko smothered Sid Blevins' 6-yarder midway through the second half. Semko also snagged Pearman's point-blank header with three seconds left in regulation, and another by Dean Salaris in overtime.

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