It was a good day for Archbishop Curley soccer, Friday in East Baltimore.
On a day when they celebrated the 20th anniversary of the program’s only undefeated team, the No. 8 Friars also knocked off No. 17 Calvert Hall, 3-1, to win their fourth consecutive Bernard Reif Cup. Kyle Mizell led the way with two goals and Tre Pulliam also scored for host Curley, which also beat No. 5 Loyola earlier in the week.
“We dropped two last week to McDonogh and Gilman and we were looking at 3-4 heading into Loyola to end the first round, and we got a win there,” Curley coach Barry Stitz said. “Hopefully, getting two wins against two good teams gets us rolling a little bit at the right time. I just said we have to keep getting better with each game and that’s what we’ve done at least in the past couple of games anyway. With everybody being so tight in this league, you want to be playing your best soccer at the end of the year.”
Pulliam gave the Friars (8-5, 5-4 MIAA A Conference) the early lead when he finished off a pass from Dino Gizzi with 22 minutes remaining in the first half. Carmen Caltabiano tied the game for Calvert Hall (4-6-1, 2-5-1 MIAA) in the 34th minute with a low shot to the far post.
However, Curley regained the lead when Mizell bent a free kick past Cardinals goalie Samuel Loefller just two minutes later. The Friars had the run of play in the second half and Mizell put the game out of reach when he fired in a close-range shot off a cross from Eric Spalt in the 46th minute. The Cardinals had several chances to tie the game, but were denied by Curley goalie Elton Schwartz.
Elsewhere in the A Conference, top-ranked McDonogh got a goal from Connor Smith and an own goal from Archbishop Spalding to win 2-0. in Bel Air, John Carroll defeated No. 5 Loyola, 4-2. The Patriots went up 2-0 and watched Loyola battle back to tie, before Seth Anderson scored the game winner for JC and added an insurance tally in the final minute. And, in Roland Park, No. 4 St. Paul’s defeated No. 7 Gilman, 2-1.