Friars delight a large homecoming group with a great effort against Gilman


by Joe DiBlasi

It was Homecoming Day at Archbishop Curley on Saturday, when the Friars hosted the Gilman Greyhounds in a crucial MIAA A Conference soccer contest that carried heavy playoff implications for both teams.

As the 2021 regular season comes into the far turn, both Curley (8-7-1) and Gilman (7-7-0) are fighting to hold onto their playoff slots, in fifth and sixth place respectively.

Before a large crowd of enthusiastic fans, the Friars topped the Hounds, 5-2, to strengthen their hold on fifth, with a solid offensive performance against the defensive minded Greyhounds. Coach Jon Seal’s squad was coming off a huge 1-0 win over Calvert Hall on Wednesday, but Curley turned up the pressure early and never let up .

Seal said, “Curley kept plugging away today, especially in the first half when they hit three posts.

“We were down 2-1 in the first half when they got their third goal, which forced us to come out. We battled back, and played hard. We came back to get within two in the second half but it wasn’t enough. Now, we need to regroup and get ready for Spalding on Monday at home. It was just not our day today.”

The Hounds scored first on Saturday, when Josh Melancon, who had both goals on the day for Coach Seal, scored from 6 yards out, at 32:42 on an assist from Noah Johnson.

Curley answered quickly, three minutes later, on corner kick and a touch pass from Ricky Schlisser to Alex Krisher, who finished it to tie it, 1-1.

At the 4:06 mark, the Friars went ahead 2-1 after a free kick, and a shot from Nick Henderson that caromed off the post. Casey Price followed the deflection with a nifty score.

The Friars made it 3-1 with two minutes to go in the half, when Matt Lynard lofted a shot from 25 yards that sailed over the Gilman keeper’s head, and into the back of the net.

Brady Geho added two scores in the second half to secure the win.

“This was a very important win for us,” said Geho. “Gilman was one point behind us coming in and we knew we had to win.”

Curley coach Barry Stitz was pleased with his team’s performance.

“It was a big game for us,” said Stitz. “Homecoming is always a big day for us and I told the team that we needed to win this one to survive our chances of making the playoffs.

“We now have four games left, and we’re in a battle with Gilman and Concordia Prep for those last two playoff spots. We had to win today, and the guys responded. We can control our own destiny with four games to go, if we can win them all.”

Pictured above: Curley’s goal scorers (from left) Alex Krisher, Casey Price, att Lynard and Brad Geho.

NO. 17 ARCHBISHOP CURLEY 5, NO. 14 GILMAN 2

GIL 1 1 — 2
AC 3 2 — 5

GOALS: GIL- Melancon 2; AC-Krusher, Price, Lynard, Geho 2.
ASSISTS: GIL-Johnson; AC-Schissler, Goff.
SAVES: GIL-Chodnicki 13, Enright; AC-Caulkins 2, Yakim 4.