McDonogh adds Calvert Hall to shutout list

Eagles have filled in blank in all 9 league victories

Boys soccer

October 20, 2003|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

If you like to watch pretty offensive soccer, the McDonogh Eagles have some advice for you: Go somewhere else. In this Eagles nest, it's the defense that rules.

The fifth-ranked Eagles recovered from a shaky start, and then used a solid back line to defeat host Calvert Hall, 2-0, in a key Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference soccer game yesterday.

McDonogh (11-4-1 overall, 9-3 league) scored late in each half, the first by Matt Beckman and the second by Adam Mayer.

The victory was McDonogh's ninth in league play, and all were shutouts. The Eagles' defense, led by goalkeeper Alex Horwath and defenders Justin Lichtfuss, Cam Watkins, Tyler Stoviak and Jeremy Siervets, shut down No. 10 Calvert Hall (7-5-2, 6-5-2) in the second half.

"[The win] takes away some of the sting since we lost to Curley and Loyola in our last two games," Mayer said. "I think some teams are underestimating us. They'd better look again."

Calvert Hall controlled play in the first part of the first half, but then McDonogh coach Steve Nichols moved junior midfielder Mike Marchiano back to help out with the defense.

"They were all over us early. [Mike] moved back and stabilized the defense," Nichols said.

McDonogh finally cashed in during the 29th minute. Beckman was fouled and awarded a free kick about 40 yards from the goal. He struck the ball perfectly, and it sailed over the Calvert Hall wall and then keeper Kyle Wittman, tucking itself just under the crossbar, to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.

Calvert Hall had perhaps its best chance to tie the score in the 52nd minute on a restart, when an arcing kick found the head of sophomore Ernest Jackson. Although Horwath was out of position, the ball sailed just wide of the Eagles' net.

McDonogh put the game away in the 72nd minute. After Wittman stopped a point-blank shot in the box, the rebound bounced off his gloves and onto the foot of Mayer. He tapped it in for the 2-0 lead.

The victory tightens an already taut A Conference race.

"We're a solid No. 3 right now behind Loyola and Curley," Nichols said. "We'd like to move up, but we'd have to probably run the table to get the top seed."

Calvert Hall assistant J.J. Kremer, filling in for coach Andy Moore, had no excuses.

"They outworked us, plain and simple," Kremer said. "As talented as we are, we can't win when we get outworked."

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