Archbishop Curley cruises to 4-1 win over Calvert Hall in boys soccer

No. 1 Friars score first three goals in 10th annual Reif Cup, never look back

October 04, 2011|By Todd Karpovich, Special to The Baltimore Sun

The players for top-ranked Archbishop Curley and No. 14 Calvert Hall lined up next to one another before Tuesday's 10th annual Bernard Reif Cup and shared a moment of silence for the Friars' former coach, Thomas "Pep" Perella, who died Sept. 25.

Despite having been heated rivals for five decades, the programs share a bond in producing some of the Baltimore area's top players, many of whom were in attendance for the game at Calvert Hall. It was also the last Reif Cup for Cardinals coach Andy Moore, who after 18 years will step down at the end of the season to spend more time with his family.

When the game started, the Friars wasted little time taking care of business as P.J. Koscher and Reid Hawkins each scored in the opening five minutes and Curley cruised to a 4-1 victory. The Friars improved to 11-1 — their best start since 2004 — and remain tied for first in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.

"You couldn't ask for a team to come out any better than we did tonight," Curley coach Barry Stitz said. "We got the first one and then kept creating chances. The boys did a great job tonight. We had a lot of energy."

The Friars set the tone early after Koscher took a pass from Ricky Greensfelder on a free kick and slotted the ball inside the far post in the second minute. Hawkins added to the lead three minutes later when he knocked in a loose ball from the top of the penalty area. Anthony Driscoll increased the lead to 3-0 with 26 minutes remaining in the first half off a pass from Kenny Duckworth.

"This is a big rivalry, and getting out early has been one of our stronger points," Hawkins said. "Being up early really shifted the momentum. I really liked the way we were able to pressure them."

The game honors Reif, another former Curley coach, whose son Chris was an All-America soccer player at Calvert Hall and Connecticut. The Friars also wore black arm bands to honor Perella.

Calvert Hall sill the annual series 5-4-1. The teams played to a scoreless tie in 2003. The Cardinals (2-5, 2-5 MIAA) managed to settle down and push forward. They finally got a goal by Liam May, who curled the ball just inside the far post with nine minutes left off a pass from Jacob Bender. However, Greensfelder answered for Curley two minutes later after knocking in a rebound off the crossbar.

"They're a quality team, and there's the reason they are in first place," said Moore, who will remain director of Calvert Hall's McMullen Scholars Program. "When you're an underdog in a game and you give up two goals in the first five minutes, you're really going to be fighting uphill. Mentally, I thought our kids responded well after halftime."

Goals: AC—Koscher, Hawkins, Driscoll, Greensfelder; CH—May.

Assists: AC—Greensfelder, Duckworth; CH—Bender.

Saves: AC—Ossie 4; CH—Dillon 9.

Half: AC, 3-0.

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