McDonogh tops Curley in 2nd OT on disputed call

Boys soccer

October 17, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | By Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

McDonogh soccer coach Steve Nichols knew his team would have problems with an unranked Curley team that had vanquished three ranked teams.

But despite being pleased that his visiting fourth-ranked Eagles escaped with yesterday's 2-1 double-overtime win on Kyle McHugh's goal with 1:56 left, Nichols was conciliatory to the host Friars.

"Curley is a well-coached team," Nichols said of the Friars (3-7-2, 3-6-2 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference). "They deserved a better result than they got."

Brian Yi's goal, 20 minutes into the game, was matched with 15 minutes to play by Curley's Domonic Costello, who missed seven other quality shots.

Curley goalkeeper Sean Riley (15 saves) had been exceptional in overtime, denying Yi once from the doorstep, and doing the same thing twice to Zak Johns.

But with less than two minutes to play, an official awarded McDonogh (12-4-1, 7-3) a penalty kick, ruling that Riley had taken down a player in the box. Curley coach Barry Stitz called the ruling "unacceptable," but Riley admitted making contact, saying, "I only went after it figuring it was a 50-50 ball and he was shooting it."

McHugh lined up and pounded the penalty kick toward the far post, but Riley dove left for a double-handed block of the chest-high shot. The rebound brought a crowd of players. McHugh emerged within inches of the goal with the ball and nudged in the game-winner.

"I'm not happy with the call, but our kids played their hearts out," Stitz said. "McDonogh played well also, and deserved to win as much as we did."

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