No. 2 McDonogh gets by Mt. St. Joe

Boys soccer

High Schools


After surrendering an uncharacteristic three goals in a loss to Archbishop Curley on Wednesday, the No. 2 McDonogh boys soccer team had the tough task of holding down a surging Mount St. Joseph in yesterday's rainy conditions.

With smart and careful play in back and a first-half goal from sophomore midfielder Andrew Bulls, the Eagles passed the test, coming away with a 1-0 win over the No. 3 Gaels in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association play.

Bulls scored midway through the first half, and the Eagles (13-4-1) held their ground defensively by getting in the way of shots and being sure on their clears.

The win keeps McDonogh atop the league standings at 11-2-1 with two games left before the playoffs. Mount St. Joseph falls to 16-3-3 overall and 10-3-2 in the league.

For Bulls, it was a case of being right where he needed to be to pounce on an opportunity after senior forward Xavier Rock nudged a ball his way in the penalty area.

"You just have to play with urgency, get to the goal and try your hardest to get the ball in the net," said Bulls, whose goal came from 12 yards. "It's all about working hard in the box and good things will happen."

The Eagles had other chances in the first half and early in the second to add to the lead but couldn't take advantage. It left an opening for the Gaels, who had a lot of their chances shut down before they reached the goal with fine play from in back from seniors Jon Ports, Wade McHugh and Collins Carey.

With 11 minutes left, Mount St. Joseph junior forward Stafford Chipungu struck a ball from 30 yards that slightly deflected off a defender and then skimmed the crossbar. On the corner kick that followed, D. J. Widlake and Ryan Mulford both had shots blocked before the Eagles cleared.

"They played well. I think we just weren't focused in the beginning of the game with the dreary day and being off from school today," said Mount St. Joseph coach Mike St. Martin.

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