McDonogh ties Calvert Hall

Boys Soccer

September 13, 2006|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,Sun Reporter

A quick look at McDonogh's underclassman-dominated roster may have been an indication that the No. 3 Eagles wouldn't be ready for yesterday's early-season test against No.1-ranked and more experienced Calvert Hall.

An early goal from the visiting Cardinals seemed to further the theory.

But the Eagles - starting two freshmen and two sophomores with two more freshmen used as top reserves - showed no panic, scoring the tying goal later in the first half when freshman Joe Meyer headed a free kick from junior midfielder Andrew Bulls to earn a satisfying 1-1 overtime tie in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game in Owings Mills. Both teams are 2-0-1.

"We come together as a team every time we play. We're so young, but we're so connected," said Bulls, who played a strong game at midfield.

The Cardinals got exactly what they were looking for when Brendan Steele scored from 8 yards after a nifty through ball from Christian Barreiro in the eighth minute.

Calvert Hall coach Andy Moore didn't like what he saw next.

"We didn't press the advantage," he said. "We were content to play slow, knock the ball around and not really try to attack. I just don't think we had the energy, we didn't have the intensity and I don't know how to account for it," he said.

Both teams stayed organized on defense through the two 10-minute overtime periods to settle on the tie.

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