Despite it’s No. 4 ranking in the VSN Boy’s Soccer Top 20, Mount St. Joseph remains one of the youngest team’s in the talent rich MIAA A Conference, but that has not stopped the Gaels from succeeding against senior laiden rivals.
Last week, the Gaels, who start just two seniors, claimed a point in a 2-2 draw with No. 2 Archbishop Curley and Wednesday, on its home field in Irvington, St. Joe handed top-ranked Calvert Hall its second loss of the year, with a 1-0 decision.
Junior Brett St. Martin scored the game winner early in the second half. Ian Reger assisted by triggering a free kick, which he swung into the box. St. Martin, the son of Gaels’ head coach Mike St. Martin, jumped up to win the ball and then skipped a shot in the corner, just under bar, as Cardinal keeper venture forward.
“I think we played well against Curley. Got good wins at Gilman and Spalding and now, a very good Calvert Hall team,” said Mike St. Martin. “In the first half we did a good job possessing the ball. After we got the lead in second half, they started pressing, putting us on the fire a little bit. But, our back four did a real good job and Nick Deshong came up with one very big save.
Deshong, one of the Gaels two seniors, finished with four saves.
Calvert Hall (6-2 overall) remains in first place in the league with a 5-2 conference mark and 15 points. St. Joe (4-1-1 overall and in the league) is tied with Curley, which defeated Archbishop Spalding, 6-0, on Wednesday, for second place, both with 13 points.
John Carroll (3-2-1) currently sits in fourth place, while Loyola, which defeated St. Paul’s, 2-0, on Wednesday, and McDonogh, which was beaten, 2-0, by Gilman, are tied for fifth, both 3-3. With its big win, Gilman (2-3-1)
also remains in the playoff hunt with seven points.