Loyola leaves McDonogh fit to be tied

1-1 tie is disappointment for dominant Eagles

Boys soccer

October 06, 2002|By Bo Smolka | Bo Smolka,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Judging by the reaction on the two benches after the game yesterday, it was hard to tell that No. 9 Loyola and No. 7 McDonogh had just battled to a spirited double-overtime tie, 1-1.

The boys soccer players and coaches from visiting Loyola were enthusiastic as the Dons (8-2-1, 6-2-1 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association) came from behind to extend their unbeaten streak to seven.

On the McDonogh sideline, the mood was far more subdued. The Eagles (10-3-1, 5-1-1 MIAA) were left to ponder a lost lead and a slew of missed scoring chances. McDonogh outshot the Dons 26-16, including 9-3 in a one-sided second half.

"It was a huge disappointment," said McDonogh coach Steve Nichols. "[Loyola] fought really hard today, and they did what it took to stay in the game. But after the first 10 minutes, I thought we dominated."

"McDonogh's record at home is phenomenal," Loyola coach Don Kraft said. "We played to win, but this is a very positive result for us."

All-Metro midfielders Brian Yi of McDonogh and Kevin Mezzadra of Loyola provided the game's scoring, with Yi scoring in the 52nd minute and Mezzadra answering 16 minutes later.

Playing into a stiff wind in the first half, Loyola set the tempo early but had only a nicked crossbar to show for it. In the 10th minute, Joe Tirabassi's shot from 15 yards hit the crossbar, and McDonogh keeper Alex Horwath (seven saves) denied Mezzadra on the rebound.

McDonogh also had its chances during a scoreless first half. In the seventh minute, Kyle McHugh's cross trickled through a crowd in front of the goal and just past the foot of Yi.

McDonogh kept up the pressure in the second half, and Yi finally put the Eagles ahead when he converted a rebound after Akira Fitzgerald (15 saves) had stopped McHugh.

Yi, who had three goals in the Eagles' 4-0 win over No. 3 Spalding on Tuesday, had a host of other chances. He misfired on a free kick from 20 yards out early in the second half, and was stopped by a diving Fitzgerald in the final six minutes of regulation and again in overtime.

"Brian could have had five or six goals today," Nichols said.

Loyola was more efficient with its chances.

With 12 minutes left, Loyola caught McDonogh on a counterattack and drew even. Andrew Henciak fed Mezzadra, and he pushed the ball past Horwath, who had come well off his line.

"I just felt that was a great soccer game," Kraft said. "Two heavyweights slugging it out."

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