Cardinals upend No. 3 Mount St. Joe in a shootout; Dons turn back No. 15 Gilman in overtime

by Joe DiBlasi

Goalkeeper Andrew Levis (left) help Calvert Hall prevail in a shootout with No. 3 Mount St. Joe, while Ben Bender scored the Cardinals only goal in regulation and added another in the shootout.

It was a dramatic afternoon of soccer in the MIAA A Conference quarterfinals, Tuesday, as No. 5 Calvert Hall went in to Irvington and knocked out No. 3 Mount St. Joseph in a stunning shootout session after the two clubs played to a 1-1 double overtime draw, and No. 4 Loyola outlasted No. 15 Gilman, 2-1, in overtime at Blakefield.

The teams could not determine a winner through 100 minutes of top notch action, before the Hall converted six consecutive penalty kicks, and the Mount just five.

Both teams converted their first five penalty kicks and Calvert Hall made it six straight when Payton Madore drilled the back of the net. St. Joe’s sixth attempt, however, soared over the cross bar, eliminating the Gaels (13-4-1) and sending the Cardinals to the semifinals.

Madore had the absolute confidence of head coach Rich Zinkand.

“Madore was calm, cool, and collected, and he put it in the corner of the net,” said Zinkand. “Today was an all out effort. We’ve gotten better over the past few weeks after losing to St. Joe earlier [in the regular season]. St. Joe played great today, and I feel sorry for Coach Mike St. Martin. It’s always tough when you play so well for 100 minutes to lose on penalty kicks.”

Ben Bender, Nick Long, Luke Ferrarese, Stephen Welsh and Michael Gisreal also converted in the shootout for the Cardinals

In regulation, Calvert Hall (9-6-1) scored first when Bender drilled a left-footer home 30 minutes into the game.

“The ball was crossed to the far post and Hayden (Lim) was going one on one with their keeper,” said Bender. “He played it back to me, and I shot it over the goalie.”

The University of Maryland bound midfielder praised Saint Joe.

“They were strong all year. We played hard today, and our defense did a good job.”

The Gaels got a goal from reliable Miles Lam six minutes into the second half on a feed from Van Danielson. It stayed 1-1 for the next 54 minutes of action, with both teams narrowly missing chances to grab the lead before the outcome was decided on PK’s.

“We have no regrets,” said St. Martin. “The effort was there. They gave me everything they could all season. It’s disappointing when you lose on penalty kicks.”

Calvert Hall keeper Andrew Levis said, “Today was a great team effort. I felt relieved when their sixth attempt sailed over the top of the box [after our sixth attempt went in].”

The win advances the Cardinals into Thursday’s semifinals at top-ranked and top-seeded Archbishop Curley (15-2-1).

The Hall split two regular season games against the Friars, including a 3-2 double-overtime win in the Reif Cup two weeks ago. That was the Friars’ only league loss of the regular season.

Bender said, “It will take a big effort to beat Curley on Thursday. They will be ready.”

In its victory, Loyola had to battle back from a 1-0 halftime deficit.

Behind strong play from goalkeeper Grant Farley, Gilman (9-8-1) blanked Loyola in the first half and grabbed a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick, with 9:03 to play in the first half. A nifty flip into the box by Gilman senior Owen Grimm got Jack Stuzin in deep for an opportunity, but he was fouled. Stuzin then stepped up for the PK and sizzled a low show shot inside the left post for the game’s first score.

Kwaku Marfo-Sarbeng sent Loyola into the MIAA A semifinals with a goal late in the first overtime.

The Dons (11-4-2) applied heavy pressure to the Greyhounds in the second half, but Farley continued to shine, finishing with six saves and keeping the Dons off the board until the 66th minute. At that point, however, Dom Caltabiano found Julian Schmugge on the left-hand side and Schmugge beat a Gilman defender along the baseline and slotted the ball to the far post through a crowd of players.

The Dons continue to press, but the game remained tied and went to overtime. In the extra session Loyola finally got the results it was looking for when Evan Onate found Kwaku Marfo-Sarbeng inside the box. Marfo-Sarbeng dribbled to his right, before lifting a right-footed shot, from a tough angle, over Farley and into the far upper 90 for the game-winner.

Farley registered 10 saves for Gilman and Jordy Eckman had three for the Dons.

Loyola now advances to semifinal date with No. 3 McDonogh (13-4-1), Thursday in Owings Mill.

The winners of Thursday’s semifinal battles will meet for the league championship on Sunday at CCBC-Essex at 5:30 p.m.


CHC 1 0 – 0 0 – (6) — 2
MSJ 0 1 – 0 0 – (5) — 1
GOALS: CH-Bender; MSJ-Lam.
ASSISTS: CH-Lim; MSJ-Danielson.
SAVES: CH-Levis 6; MSJ-Fenstermacher 5.

GIL 1 0 – 0 — 1
LOY 0 1 – 1 — 2
GOALS: GIL-Stuzin; LOY-Schmugge, Marfo-Sarbeng.
SAVES: GIL-Farley 10; LOY-Eckman 3.