No. 3 McDonogh routs slumping Gilman to move back in front in Red Division; MIAA A playoff scenarios explained here

After falling behind 1-0 in the first half, the John Carroll boys soccer team rallied for a 4-1 home win over Boys’ Latin, as the Patriots stayed alive in its chase to make the MIAA A Conference playoffs.

Tyler Rosso drew the Patriots even with a header off a Eric Schultz corner, in the first half. Michal Gradus scored to push John Carroll (6-7 overall, 5-6 MIAA) in front in the second half and Gavin Greene clinched the victory with a pair of scores.

Riar Schell scored the lone goal for BL (2-10, 1-9).

With the victory, John Carroll now has 15 points, one back of Calvert Hall, which had its game with Loyola postponed on Wednesday. After playing a non-conference match with C. Milton Wright on Saturday, JC will travel to Calvert Hall on Wednesday for a critical showdown with the Cardinals. The Patriots close their regular season next Friday at home against Archbishop Curley.

Calvert Hall has an advantage in that it has one more game to play than the Patriots which increases its opportunity to score points, even if it falters against John Carroll in its regular season finale. Prior to that, Calvert Hall will visit Boys’ Latin on Friday and play its makeup game with Loyola.

While trying to lock down the third seed, Calvert Hall still has its eye on climbing into the second seed in the Black Division of the A Conference, where it is four points back of second place Loyola. To pass the Dons, the Cardinals must defeat them on Monday and get some help. Loyola also plays at Archbishop Curley on Saturday and at Boys’ Latin next Friday.

Curley, at 9-1 in league play and with 27 points, has clinched first place in the Black Division.

Also on Wednesday, No. 3 McDonogh won for the seventh time in its last eight games, routing slumping Gilman, 4-0, with all four goals coming in the second half.

Vince Petrera scored his team leading 11th goal of the season and Jacob Murrell, Braden Peacock and Ethan Glaser added one each.

The victory moves the Eagles (10-4-1, 8-3) back in front of top-ranked Mount St. Joseph (7-2-1) in their back-and-forth battle for the top seed in the Red Division. Having played one more league game than the Gaels, McDonogh holds a 24-22 edge in points, with a head-to-head showdown looming between the two on Friday in Owings Mills.

After that, McDonogh has a non-conference game against Dulaney on Wednesday and its final regular season game, at home against St. Paul’s, next Friday.

After meeting McDonogh, St. Joe will play a non-league game against Chesapeake-AA on Saturday, host St. Paul’s on Wednesday and close its regular season at Archbishop Spalding on Friday.

Gilman (7-7-1, 4-7) has lost three straight and six of its last seven league games, but still holds a three point lead on Spalding (3-8) in the chase for the third and final playoff spot in the Red Division. The Greyhounds will play at St. Paul’s on Friday and then close the regular season at home, on Wednesday, against Spalding in a game that could decide the final playoff spot.