No. 2 Calvert Hall halts late charge, avenges loss to No. 1 McDonogh, 1-0

Despite being outshot 15-4 in second half, Cardinals deal Eagles their first loss

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October 08, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

No. 2-ranked Calvert Hall spoiled top-ranked McDonogh's unbeaten season in Towson yesterday by scoring in the 16th minute on a Chris Bailey goal and then defending against a barrage of Eagles shots in the second half.

The 1-0 victory atoned for a 1-0 loss to McDonogh earlier in the season, and set up a possible deciding match in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference playoffs. Calvert Hall has beaten McDonogh in the MIAA final the past two seasons.

McDonogh, which has not played No. 3 Archbishop Curley, dropped to 12-1-2 overall and 6-1 in the league, and Calvert Hall improved to 11-2 and 8-2.

"It was important for us to know that we can beat them here [at Calvert Hall] because that's where the playoffs are this year," said Calvert Hall goalkeeper Kyle Wittman, who made 14 saves, including a couple of diving ones, despite suffering from a strained hamstring. "It feels good to get a shutout. Nino [Mangione] made a big kick-out near the end of the game."

Mangione's kick off the line was in the 78th minute and was one of four excellent scoring chances for McDonogh in the closing minutes. A header by Xavier Rock just missed the post, a kick by Mike Marchiano went just over the crossbar and a shot by Matt Beckman from the 6-yard line, after he had beaten four defenders on a spectacular run, was wide right.

McDonogh outshot Calvert Hall 15-4 in the second half and 24-10 for the game.

But Calvert Hall's defense of Mangione, Luke Chenowith, Pat Carmen, Matt Manning and stopper Kevin Rosenberger proved it could defend a one-goal lead under duress.

"We dominated the first 20 minutes and had four corner kicks in the first eight minutes," Cardinals coach Andy Moore said. "But we didn't settle down and gain control in the second half. We did clear the ball well."

Calvert Hall's goal came after a failure to clear by McDonogh. E.J. Jackson of Calvert Hall crossed the ball along the 18-yard line and a McDonogh player whiffed at it. Mike Gill gathered it for the Cardinals and shot, but the ball bounced off the left post. Bailey kicked the rebound into the right side of the net.

"We sleepwalked in the first half the same way we sleepwalked through our last three games," Eagles coach Steve Nichols said. "Calvert Hall works harder than any team we've played. We have to play with urgency for 80 minutes to beat the No. 2 team. I hope we learned our lesson."

McDonogh had a total of 12 corner kicks -- nine in the second half.

"Corners are their bread-and-butter because of Beckman," Wittman said.

"My job is to control the 6-yard box and at least get a piece of it. A goalkeeper needs to make one or two saves he probably shouldn't make, and I did that today."

Gill said: "Our whole defense is solid, but [Mangione] is our standout. Without him they probably would have scored two goals."

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