J. Carroll's Westervelt zeros in on Calvert Hall

Goalie deals Cardinals another shutout, 1-0

Boys soccer

High Schools

October 12, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Drew Westervelt, a goalie for No. 13 John Carroll, aspires to be like Zack Thornton, a professional player who led the Patriots to their only soccer title in 1989.

But in shutting out fourth-ranked Calvert Hall for the second time in a week, 1-0, yesterday, Westervelt did something Thornton never did - beat Calvert Hall twice in a season.

Alex Pyzik scored with seven minutes left, floating a pass from Matt Cooper over the outstretched hands of Calvert Hall's Phil Phillips. And Westervelt (14 saves) made it stand for his sixth shutout against league competition as the Patriots improved to 7-4-2 overall, and 7-2-1 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference.

Thornton, who starred at Loyola College and now plays for the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer, had 11 shutouts as a junior for the title-winning Patriots, who were 1-0-1 against Calvert Hall that season, winning, 2-1, and earning a 2-2 tie.

"Zack is a great goalie, the best," said Westervelt, who had 12 saves in Monday's 2-0 victory over Calvert Hall (9-3-2, 7-3-2). "Had I thought about it? No, but it's great."

The Patriots' defense of Kyle Leppert, Nick Van Horn, T.J. French and Chris Roberts has an average height of 6 feet 1, and repeatedly turned back the Cardinals, particularly in the air.

"We're big, fast, and we won the 50-50 balls, which was the difference in the game," said Roberts, who booted away Nick Mangione's dead-on shot during one of the few times Westervelt was out of position.

Calvert Hall's Will Back had two good scoring chances in the first half, sending a 6-yarder straight into Westervelt's hands and slamming one against the post. Teammate Patrick Healey skimmed the crossbar late in the second half, but Westervelt also thwarted the Cardinals on his own.

"I play up with the defense, so I can get most of the through balls," said Westervelt. "And it's tough getting to the corners on our quick wings. I give a lot of the credit to my defense. They're great."

Cooper, David Ivy and Steve Hipley all had excellent chances before Pyzik's score.

"I was going to back-heel the ball to Cooper, but there were two guys on my back, so I shot it," said Pyzik. "We proved that Monday wasn't a fluke."

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