Calvert Hall nips Loch Raven with 2nd-half comeback, 2-1

Boys soccer

October 01, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Loch Raven and Calvert Hall are only a few miles apart in Towson.

But their soccer teams are normally far apart in talent.

That wasn't the case last night at Loch Raven, where a huge crowd watched an intense, evenly fought, memorable game that No. 8-ranked private-school soccer power Calvert Hall won with a second-half rally against last season's Class 1A state public school semifinalist, 2-1.

No. 13 Loch Raven (7-1) led at halftime, 1-0. And the Raiders defense looked nearly invincible. Loch Raven had not allowed a goal in seven games this season and gave up only five all last season.

Loch Raven's goal was scored by Jeremy Weitz about 10 minutes into the game. T.J. Jager kicked a 40-yard restart into the box that was headed by freshman Steve Ehatt. That shot bounced off the goalkeeper, and Weitz finished from the right side.

Calvert Hall (8-2) raised its intensity level at halftime, however.

Mike Gill scored in the 55th minute, when Luke Chenowith sent a high kick into the 18-yard box. It came down at the 6-yard line and Gill headed it in.

"I lost it up in the lights, but it came down right on my head," said Gill.

Brian Schultz scored the game-winner for Calvert Hall in the 65th minute.

His solidly struck ball deflected in off the crossbar on the left side.

"This was tough competition," said Schultz. "It was like [a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association game] in intensity. Both teams gave everything. Our coach told us to stay calm at halftime. We knew we needed to pinch up early in the second half and get a goal, and we did. And our defense played great in the second half."

Jager, Loch Raven's sweeper, played a sensational game despite two injured groin muscles. His long kicks on restarts and his well-driven corner kicks created dangerous opportunities for the Raiders.

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