Calvert Hall boys beat Loyola for first time since 2010

No. 7 Cardinals snap eight-game losing streak

September 10, 2014|By Todd Karpovich, For The Baltimore Sun

One of the reasons Seth Walker wanted to come to Calvert Hall was because of the school's spirited rivalry with Loyola Blakefield.

Walker, who was home-schooled last year, not only got his first opportunity to play against the Dons on Wednesday, he also scored one of the biggest goals in the No. 7 Cardinals' young season.

The sophomore got the game-winner in No. 7 Calvert Hall's 1-0 victory over No. 3 Loyola in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference matchup. The win snapped the Cardinals' eight-game losing streak to the No. 3 Dons.

"It feels great," Walker said. "They came out strong but we just shut them down."

Loyola had not lost to Calvert Hall since Oct. 16, 2010, a 2-1 defeat.

The Dons (3-2, 1-1 MIAA) were especially effective working out of their defensive end. Loyola defenders David Mangione and Riley Collins were patient playing the ball across the field to build the attack. The Cardinals (3-0, 2-0) used junior Camilo Sanchez as their main target up top and he made several dangerous runs toward goal.

Calvert Hall senior Nick Rosso created a chance in the 20th minute but his shot from 20 yards went just over the bar. The Cardinals had another chance six minutes later but Loyola goalie Carson Hunt made a diving stop on a close-range shot by Ben Alexander.

"They were really well organized defensively," Loyola coach Lee Tschantret said. "At the end of the day, you have to finish in this game. You have to give them credit. They stayed real organized."

Walker finally found the finishing touch in the 31st minute when he slotted home a cross from Rosso just inside the penalty area for a 1-0 lead. Loyola, however, then took over and kept the ball in Calvert Hall's defensive third of the field. Dons forward Ryan Conrad did well taking on the Cardinals' defenders and creating chances.

"This is just a united group that works hard together," Cardinals coach Rich Zinkand said. "We've been preaching all year about having a team mentality and not worrying about how many minutes you play or goals or assists. It's all about the team and how many wins Calvert Hall gets."

Loyola had another opportunity in the 54th minute but Collins' free kick from about 20 yards away went well over the cross bar. Gavin Barger's corner kick then found Avionne Flanagan on the far post, but his header went over the bar.

The Dons continued to pressure, but the Cardinals' defense, led by goalie Sam Loeffler, would not bend. Another corner by Flanagan to the head of Barger also went wide with just under a minute left.

"It's a night game, it's Loyola," Loeffler said. "It's a big rivalry. It's a great win for us."

No. 7 Calvert Hall 1, No. 3 Loyola 0

Goals: L- ; CH- Walker. Assists: C-Rosso ; L- . Saves: L-Hunt 4; C-Loeffler 6

Half: CH: 1-0

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