Cardinals edge No. 14 Mount St. Joseph in Irvington; Gilman knocks off No. 11 Spalding in MIAA A soccer
by Joe DiBlasi
Sixth-ranked Calvert Hall College, coming off a tough 1-0 overtime loss to top-ranked McDonogh, last Friday night, traveled to Irvington on Thursday to face a young and talented Mount Saint Joseph squad.
The result was another MIAA A Conference thriller that went into OT, but this time the Cardinals prevailed, 2-1.
“We lost a heartbreaker at home to McDonogh last Friday night, off of a set-piece, but today we were able to turn the tables and get that goal in overtime to get the win,” said Hall coach Rich Zinkand.
The Cardinals (4-2, 3-2 MIAA A) got the winning goal just one minute and 10 seconds into the first overtime period against the Gaels, when Sean Barwick scored on a feed from Ben Bender.
It was also Barwick who gave the Cards a quick 1-0 lead to start the game, when he knocked in a header from Andrew Guidi, just one minute and 14 seconds into the game.
Of the winning tally, Barwick said, “It was a great play. Bender hit a good ball right into the middle of the field and we knew someone was going to get there and luckily it was me.”
On his goal to start the game, the humble junior gave most of the credit to Andrew Guidi.
“Andrew sent the ball in and I got a tap on it. I was lucky to be in the right place.”
In their typical, feisty manner, the 14th-ranked Gaels (1-3-1 overall and MIAA A) fought back after giving up the early lead to the Cardinals, and their defense held all the way into the overtime.
The Mount played tenacious defense after being down a goal at the start, and they tied the contest when Luke Isayiw drilled home a deflected shot that hit the goal post, halfway through the second period.
“We fell asleep on a free kick in the overtime when they played it short, and that just can’t happen,” said St. Joe coach Mike St. Martin. “I was happy with the way we played overall. We are young and we have a lot of depth and we will improve. We will learn from this. Calvert Hall is a quality team and they played well, especially Cam Ohrin in the back.”
Ohrin said, “It was a good defensive effort on our part; we did what we needed to do today to win. When the overtime started, coach told us to come out the same way we started the game and we did.”
Calvert Hall stalwart Bender, who set up the winning goal, said, “Jake Bleacher made a run down the left side and I played a quick one to him and he played it back to me, and Sean (Barwick), was able to finish it.
Mount Saint Joe played hard today they showed a lot of heart with that comeback. It’s tough to get a win in this league and that was a real good win for us.”
Hall coach Zinkand said, “Coach Mike Saint Martin does a fantastic job with that team. We knew that they were never going to quit.
“Both teams had a lot of opportunities today and when we got to that overtime, it was time for somebody to make a play for us. We played well overall and got a solid performance from senior keeper Spencer Nattans.”
Nattans had four saves on the day, and his counterpart Ashton Carey had six for the Mount.
NO. 6 CALVERT HALL 2, NO. 14 MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 1, OT
CHC 1 0 – 1 — 2
MSJ 0 1 – 0 — 1
Goals: CH -Barwick 2; MSJ- Isayiw.
Assists: CH-Guidi, Bender.
Saves: CH-Nattans 4; MSJ-Carey 6.
Also in the A Conference on Thursday, Gilman stopped No. 11 Archbishop Spalding, 1-0.
Logan Paff netted the game’s only goal in the first half with an assist from Avery Merlo, as the Greyhounds (3-2 overall) improved to 2-1 in conference play.
Spalding (5-2 overall) is now 2-2 in the league.