A packed house was on hand for Friday night lights, the soccer version, at Calvert Hall on Friday, as the No. 6 Cardinals hosted top-ranked McDonogh in MIAA A Conference action.
The fans in the stands did not see any goals scored, but they were treated to high school soccer at its finest, as the Eagles and Cardinals battled through 100 minutes of action with a clean slate.
McDonogh (3-0-1, 1-0-1) is rarely at a loss for a goal, but the Calvert Hall (2-0-1, 2-0-1) was able to accomplish its half of the double shutout despite some heavy pressure, especially in overtime.
Tunde Akinlosotu, an All-American candidate for McDonogh, nearly prevented the overtime when he unleashed a 45-yard blast in the waning seconds of regulation, but the strike just climbed above the cross bar.
Early in the overtime, McDonogh’s Jackson Morril found an opening on the left side and triggered a hard shot on goal, but Calvert Hall keeper Sam Loeffler was on-hand to turn-back the one-on-one showdown. In the second overtime, McDonogh again applied the pressure, as Michael DeShields got a great look with a header, only to clear the crossbar.
Calvert Hall’s best opportunity of the night came in the second overtime when senior Camillo Sanchez struck a set piece from the left wing, which also missed high.
Loeffler finished with five saves in the contest and McDonogh’s Amand Medghalchi had two.