No. 2 Eagles erupt for three goals in a two minute span

Jacob Murrell had another huge day for the McDonogh boys soccer team, Monday at Archbishop Curley, scoring four goals to lead the Eagles to a wild 5-3 win over the host Friars.

Curley jumped out to a 1-0 lead as sophomore Andrew Throneburgh curled a shot inside the left post, in the 13th minute, but the Friars missed on a few other early opportunities, leaving the door open for the Eagles.

Six minutes, Murell went to work, getting the equalizer.

The game remained tied for the remainder of the first half and 15 minutes into the second half. The Eagles then erupted, scoring three times in a little more than two minutes, to turn a tight battle into a 4-1 McDonogh lead.

Tyler Tucker came up with a turnover near midfield and played a ball down the leftt side to Murrell, who dribbled through a pair of defenders lifted a shot under the cross bar. Shortly after the next tap, Aiden Ellis made a run from the McDonogh defensive end, gave up the ball and then got it back for a scoring strike from the right side. Murrell ended the devastating spurt with his third tally.

Curley battled back with a goal from Casey Price, with 8 minutes left, but Murrell’s fourth, which came on a counter attack breakaway, made it 5-2 with 5 minutes left.

Curley junior Jacob Goff capped the scoring in the closing minutes to set the final score.

McDonogh (12-2 overall) is now 10-2 in the MIAA A Conference where they still reside in second place, four points back of Calvert Hall, whom they defeated last week.

Curley slipped to 5-7 in the league where they are tied for sixth place with Gilman.