John Carroll shuts out No. 4 Calvert Hall

Boys soccer

High School

October 09, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

After watching John Carroll's boys soccer team blaze past his fourth-ranked Calvert Hall Cardinals, 2-0, yesterday, coach Andy Moore described the visiting Patriots as "a team that's cooking."

That's an appropriate assessment of a team that is 5-0-2 with five shutouts since a one-goal loss to No. 3 McDonogh and that has overwhelmed its past four opponents by a combined score of 10-0.

The No. 13 Patriots (6-3-2 overall, 6-1-1 league) shut out a fourth straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference rival yesterday on second-half goals by Matt Cooper and Sean Travers, and a defense of Kyle Leppert, Nick Van Horn, T. J. French, Chris Roberts and goalie Drew Westervelt.

"We're playing really well right now, but we've got seven more games to play in the league," said third-year Patriots coach Mario Scilipoti.. "But we have to stay focused on one game at a time. This is a marathon, not a sprint."

Moore and his Cardinals (8-2-2, 6-2-2), on the other hand, have a sense of urgency. Calvert Hall, ranked No. 1 last week, is 0-2-1 and has been out-scored, 4-1, in its past three games.

"We're knocking the ball around, controlling the midfield, moving off the ball, but we're doing nothing up front," said Moore. "It hurt that one of our starters was out because he was red-carded last game, but scoring only one goal in the last three games is unacceptable. It's got to improve quickly or we won't pull out of this."

After an even first half, Cooper scored only nine minutes into the second, firing an 18-yarder toward near post that a defender deflected into the net's opposite corner.

Travers took advantage of a botched clear, winning a footrace with two defenders before placing a 10-yard shot past oncoming keeper Phil Phillips (five saves) with seven minutes to play.

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