Dons top Spalding at one the MIAA A’s toughest road stops
by Joe DiBlasi
Loyola got a much needed 4-2 MIAA A Conference soccer win over upset-minded Archbishop Spalding, Monday afternoon in Anne Anne Arundel County, behind senior captain Chase Llewellyn, who scored twice for coach Lee Tschantret’s Dons.
Llewelyn put the Dons on top 1-0, nine minutes into the game, on a feed from senior Julian Schmugge.
Schmugge made it 2-0 at the 24:50 mark on a nice cross from junior Dominic Caltabiano.
Coach Pat Crawford’s Cavaliers cut the lead in half at 9:17 when Edward Baddour tallied on an assist from Beall Declan.
Llewelyn gave the Dons some breathing room with a quick goal just two minutes into the second half.
“Dom Caltabiano got the ball in the midfield and he slipped it through and then their keeper came out, and I was able to get it by him into an open net”, said Llewelyn, who will attend Georgetown University next year for lacrosse.
The Dons made it 4-1 when senior James Urgarte got an assist from a ball to Caltabiano, giving Loyola additional insurance at 33:19.
Llewelyn said it was important to get off to a fast start against the Cavaliers at home where they have wins over Calvert Hall and McDonogh.
“They are very tough at home and we knew we had to come out firing,” said Llewelyn. “They put up a good fight. We played well on defense with great efforts from Domenico Parravano, Matt Dixon and Isaiah Stephens, and we got a win that we needed. We feel like we’re picking up some momentum now after coming off a tie Mount Saint Joe last Friday.”
“I was happy with the way we played today,” said Tschantret. “Anytime you come down here and get three points, where it’s so difficult to play, is important in this conference. They’ve taken points away from McDonogh and Calvert Hall with wins, and we knew it would be difficult playing on this narrow field.”
Cavalier coach Pat Crawford said, “We played well in spurts today, but we gave up two goals in the first 10 minutes of both halves and you can’t do that in this conference. Lee always has his team ready and they capitalized on their chances.”
The Dons are now 2-2-2 in the Black division of the A Conference and the Cavaliers are 2-4-0 in the Red Division.
NO. 9 LOYOLA 4, ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 2
LOY 2 2 — 4
AS 1 1 — 2
GOALS: LOY-Llewellyn 2, Schmugee, Urgarte; AS-Baddour, Carroll
ASSISTS: LOY-Schmugee, Caltabiano 2; AS-Beall, Mazzola.
SAVES: LOY-Eckman 2, Medvetz 4; AS-Ashbeck 7, Danesi 4.