This past May, Calvert Hall lost long-time soccer coach Bill Karpovich at the age of 75, and when the Hall soccer team took the field at No. 8 Archbishop Curley on Friday afternoon, the No. 7 Cardinals were wearing a “Coach Karp” patch on the right sleeve of their red, white and gold uniforms.
Karpovich was the head soccer coach at Calvert Hall from 1967 to 1997, and during his tenure, the Hall won 422 games, and 19 MSA/MIAA championships. Hall coach Rich Zinkand played for Coach Karp, and after the Hall pulled out a 3-2 win over the host Friars in the opening game of the MIAA A Conference season for both teams, Zinkand said, “We honored him with the patch on the sleeve, and maybe he was with us a little bit today. I have a feeling he was over-looking us today.
“Coach Karp’s passing took me back to when I played here, and how much it meant to wear a Calvert Hall jersey, and the pride that goes with it.”
The Hall got what proved to be the winning goal on Friday with 15:30 to go in regulation, just two minutes after the Friars had battled back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game, two minutes earlier.
Ben Alexander got the go ahead tally for Zinkand off a a free kick. “We won a free kick and played the ball across, a header back across to the near post, and I was just there to touch it in,” said the sophomore forward.
Curley fell behind midway through the first half when Jeff Schaefer scored for the Cardinals, and seven minutes later Nick Rosso made 2-0. Curley broke through when the talented Tre Pulliam tallied with four minutes to go in the first half, and they tied the contest at 17:11 mark of the second half when Luis Turbyfield found the net.
Calvert Hall keeper Sam Loeffler made several key saves on the day, and he was especially effective in keeping Pulliam from doing more damage. Both Loeffler and Zinkand had high praise for Pulliam, as each referred to him as one of the best players in the country.
‘Sam played outstanding,” said Zinkand. “He came up with some very big saves, going against Tre Pulliam. Sammy had two or three saves where he just came out and cut down the angle.”
Loeffler said it was a team effort. “It was a great game; Curley played a great game, and it was a good win for us.”
Alexander said,”We have a lot of young players, and a lot of seniors, and it’s all coming together.”
The ever gracious Friar coach Barry Stitz said, “I thought it was a game that could have gone either way. I told the boys that I was proud of the way they fought back.”
Stitz said that his team played much better in the second half.
“We weren’t as clean with the ball as I would have hoped, but having said that, we created a ton of chances in the second half; we tied it up, and had the all the momentum going.”
NO. 7 CALVERT HALL 3, NO. 8 ARCHBISHOP CURLEY 2
CH 2 1 — 3
AC 1 1 — 2
Goals: CH-Schaefer, Rosso, Alexander; AC-Pulliam, Turbyfield.
Saves: CH-Loeffler 7; AC-Schwartz 5.