McDonogh, Calvert Hall settle for tie

Wittman stops late shots as No. 3 Cardinals play No. 1 Eagles to 0-0 draw

High Schools

September 15, 2005|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The one guarantee when McDonogh and Calvert Hall meet for a soccer game is the intensity that comes from both sides.

As for goals? None were to be found yesterday.

Two of the metro area's top teams, participants in the past three Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship games, went all out for 100 minutes - touch for touch, mark for mark and save for save - with the end result a 0-0 draw.

For visiting and top-ranked McDonogh, it was a satisfactory result on away turf, according to coach Steve Nichols.

While Andy Moore, coach of No. 3 Calvert Hall, praised his team's defensive effort, he would have preferred more consistency from his offense.

"It's really hard to size this one up," Moore said. "McDonogh worked very hard defensively, so I have to give them credit. But I'm a little disappointed in my guys in terms of the way we played our game.

"I think we can do a lot better in terms of possessing the ball to create chances, and we got away from that. How much of that was us, and how much of that is due to the way they defended us? It's hard to say."

Two of the best chances for the Eagles (3-2-1) came from sophomore midfielder Andrew Bulls late in the game - a direct kick from 30 yards that had to be tipped over the crossbar by Cardinals junior keeper Kyle Wittman midway through the second half and another shot from 25 yards aimed at the lower left corner but also turned aside.

Sophomore Christian Barreiro had some open space on the right side for Calvert Hall in the closing minutes of regulation, but his shot from 12 yards was turned away by McDonogh goalie Ben Bartlett, and the rebound was alertly cleared by David Reed.

Playing most of the game without All-Metro forward Xavier Rock, Nichols and the Eagles were content with the road tie.

"It was a typical McDonogh-Calvert Hall game. They played very hard, protected their turf and had the better of the play, just like we usually do on our field," Nichols said.

Calvert Hall senior defender Pat Carmen played a key role in slowing McDonogh, with help coming inside from Chris Williams, while the Eagles got strong play in back from Wade McHugh.

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