Calvert Hall still unbeaten after 2-1 win over Loyola

No. 1 Cards now 13-0-2

Pearman has goal, assist

Boys soccer

October 11, 2002|By Sam Atkinson | Sam Atkinson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The No. 1 Calvert Hall boys soccer team braved the elements, ran through the mud and slid its way to a road victory yesterday over No. 9 Loyola, 2-1.

This Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game had all the typical elements of one of the most heated rivalries in the metro area: screaming fans, emotion, yellow cards, intensity along with a steady driving rain throughout that soaked the field.

"There are certain teams you get up for a little bit more and as a coach you don't have to say much to your guys before the game," said Calvert Hall coach Andy Moore. "If anything, you need to calm them down a little bit and remind them to play with their heads."

The Cardinals (13-0-2 overall, 11-0 league) continued to show their dominance in the MIAA as they jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first half only to become relaxed and allow the Dons (8-3-1, 6-3-1) back into the game.

This is Loyola's first defeat since a 2-1 loss on the road to Calvert Hall on Sept. 8.

"It was a great game. We were ready to go. We haven't lost since we played them last time," said Loyola coach Don Kraft. "We felt we went toe-to-toe with them."

Calvert Hall senior Brett Pearman, the team's leading goal scorer, had a role in both Cardinals goals.

Junior Patrick Healey scored the first goal off a Pearman shot that deflected off Loyola freshman goalie Akira Fitzgerald (nine saves) at the 12-minute mark.

Pearman scored his 10th goal of the season minutes later off an assist from junior Ryan Callinan. Senior fullback Will Bach threw the ball in from the far sideline as Callinan headed the ball to Pearman for the goal.

"Brett comes out of the midfield and creates a lot," Moore said. "He is a great one touch player and his height [6 feet 3] and the length of his legs gives him such an advantage."

Leading 2-0, Calvert Hall let its guard down as a defensive penalty led to a Loyola direct kick from 20 yards out.

All-Metro halfback Kevin Mezzadra took the kick for the Dons, and the senior blasted a shot on the ground past the Cardinals defensive wall and into the right corner of the goal. Mezzadra, the leading goal scorer in the metro area, has 18 goals on the season.

A defensive struggle took place in the second half as neither team could score in the wet and muddy conditions.

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