2-1 victory over McDonogh keeps Loyola undefeated

No. 4 Dons move to 15-0-1 with double-overtime win

Boys soccer

High Schools

October 14, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Loyola goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald stung McDonogh with several outstanding saves, and the undefeated Dons rallied to defeat the host Eagles in double overtime yesterday, 2-1.

Loyola central defender Stu Whelehan, who also made a game-saving clear off the line with 8:03 to play, was credited with the game-winning goal on a header from 12 yards.

The victory kept the No. 4-ranked Dons (15-0-1 overall, 11-0-1 league) in first place in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Division. No. 5 McDonogh (9-3-1, 7-2) suffered its second league overtime loss. The Eagles have seven shutouts in nine league games.

The winning play began with a free kick near midfield by John Lindsay with 3:45 left in the second 10-minute overtime period. McDonogh defender Matt Beckman tried to kick Whelehan's header off the line, but it went off his right foot and into the goal.

Only seconds before the goal, McDonogh's Eric Shadoff was red-carded for a trip from behind at midfield. And the Eagles' Cameron Watkins was yellow-carded.

"We should never have lost today, but we lost our composure," said McDonogh coach Steve Nichols. "Loyola was disciplined, organized and never gave up. And Akira was unbelievable. We got in behind him a couple times, but they kicked it off. Loyola just finds ways to win."

Loyola fell behind for only the third time all season when McDonogh scored in the 15th minute on a penalty kick by John Ports, who was fouled in the box by Whelehan.

"I headed the ball out and I didn't think I fouled him," said Whelehan.

Loyola coach Kyle Swords blamed a defensive breakdown for creating the situation. "We made a mistake at midfield by not covering a ball that was flicked on, and it created a one-versus-one situation. That can't happen."

McDonogh's zone defense took away Loyola's normally strong flank play by shifting well and limiting one-on-one opportunities.

"I told them to play over the midfield to try and stretch them out," Swords said. "It's pretty satisfying to be able to come here to McDonogh and win."

Loyola tied it with 20:51 left in regulation on a rebound shot by midfielder Eric Noto after McDonogh goalkeeper Alex Horwath punched out a long free kick into the box.

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