Greyhounds top Spalding to bolster playoff hopes; Hounds battling Curley and Concordia for one of final two playoffs spots

A season of big ups and downs took an upward swing for the Gilman soccer team, Monday, as the Greyhounds picked up a critical, 2-0, win over visiting Archbishop Spalding, in Roland Park.

The victory, which was a nice rebound from Saturday’s 5-2 loss at No. 14 Archbishop Curley, provided the 15th-ranked Greyhounds three vital points in the MIAA A Conference standings.

Gilman (9-7 overall, 8-7 in MIAA A) now has 24 points and is in 6th-place in the league, one point behind 5th-place Curley and one point in front of 7th-place Concordia Prep, which defeated St. Paul’s, 4-1, on Monday. The Greyhounds, Friars and Saints are battling for the final two playoff spots as the regular season heads down the final stretch.

Both Gilman goals came in the first half. Midway through the half, junior Devon Dixon made a steal on the defensive end and made a long run up the left side before delivering a perfectly timed cross to junior Joshua Melancon, who struck a shot inside the left post for a 1-0 lead.

Several minutes later a hand-ball in the box by Spalding led to a penalty kick for senior Carter Capadano who powered his shot home.

That was all Gilman needed as the Hounds continued their streak of having not allowed a goal on their home field this season.

Another critical contest looms on Wednesday, as Concordia visits Gilman.