Eighth-ranked Friars win 3-1 on road to open MIAA A season

After beating soccer rival Calvert Hall College three times last year, No. 8 Archbishop Curley traveled to face the third-ranked Cardinals as an underdog, Friday night, and the Friars continued their mastery of the Cardinals, 3-1, before a crowd of more than 3,000 at Russo Stadium in the MIAA A Conference opener for both teams.

Calvert Hall sophomore David Peters staked the Cardinals to a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute. The goal was initiated by junior Steven Welsh, who beat a defender on right side, swung ball in. The strike was deflected by the keeper directly to Peters, who finished from 8-yards.

However, Curley senior Tyler Harry and junior Anthony Schlee rallied the Friars with back-to-back scores.

Three minutes after the Peters’ goal, Harry slid a shot inside the far left post to even the contest. In the 23rd minute, Schlee was opportunistic, as he found a ball which had caromed off a bunched group of Cardinal defenders and toe-pocked it past a screened keeper.

Leading 2-1 in the second half, the Friars frustrated Calvert Hall with more defensive posture and eventually put the game away in the final minute on a beautiful counter attack goal, initiated by a long goal kick and a couple of forward headers. Eventually, the ball made its way to senior Bryce Woodward on the right side and centered it to senior Matt Lawry who lined a 20-yard blast into the net.

Curley is now 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference. The Cardinals are 2-1 overall and 0-1 in conference.

Pictured above: The Curley soccer team gathered for team photo after big 3-1 win at Calvert Hall Friday night.