MIAA Roundup: McDonogh keeps rolling; Curley rallies for a draw with Spalding; Calvert Hall romps over Dulaney
Needing three points to climb back into third-place in the MIAA A Conference soccer standings, No. 3 Loyola Blakefield got what it was after with a 1-0 home win over No. 14 Gilman, Monday at Meadowood Regional Park.
The Dons (8-4-3) opened up the game on the front foot pressing Gilman. The Dons almost got on the board when Cameron Cole was taken down in the box for a penalty kick, but Gilman goalie Ethan Chodnicki made a great save on the penalty kick to keep the game scoreless.
Loyola continued to maintain possession, applied pressure and were finally rewarded when Cole finished a beautiful volley off a cross from Evan Onate to put the Dons up 1-0 heading into half.
With five minutes left in the game, Greyhounds midfielder Elijah Brijbasi got taken down in the box for a penalty kick, but Jordy Eckman made a fantastic save on the penalty to secure the 1-0 win for the Dons.
Loyola is now one point in front of John Carroll in the chase for third place in the conference. With its loss, Gilman fell one point back of No. 18 Archbishop Curley in the chase for sixth-place, which provides the final ticket into the A Conference playoffs.
NO. 2 MCDONOGH 6, ST. PAUL’S 0
Ethan Glaser had two goals and an assists to lead No. 2 McDonogh to a 6-0 MIAA A Conference win over St. Paul’s, Monday in Owings Mills. It was the ninth consecutive win for the Eagles.
Kobe Keoman, Aidan Ellis, Malik Adegbenro and Trevor Grodsky also scored for McDonogh. In a rarity, McDonogh’s Jacob Murrell did not score a goal, but he still make an impact with a pair of assists.
Adegbenro also had an assist as did Harlan Welsh and Aidan Smith.
NO. 18 ARCHBISHOP CURLEY 2, ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 2, 2OT
No. 18 Archbishop Curley, with its post-season aspirations in jeopardy, rallied with two second half goals, Monday on its home pitch, to salvage a 2-2, double-overtime tie with Archbishop Spalding.
Spalding struck early as Kyle Crawford drilled home a free kick from 47 yards out, in the 12th minute, that curled inside the left post. The Cavaliers then made it 2-0 when Dom Cohen back-heeled a ball to right edge. Alex Jacques dribbled into the box and beat the keeper inside the near post.
In a defensive posture, Spalding carried that lead well into the second half, but Curley finally got on the board, with 8 minutes left, when Brady Geho crashed a hard shot off the right post and Philippe Oliveira was there to drive back the rebound to cut the Cavaliers lead in half.
Curley (6-7-1) continued to press and got the equalizer with just 39 seconds left in regulation. Dominic Bourgeois beat a pair of defenders in the right corner before volleying a cross into the center of the box where Casey Price headed it into the goal.
Curley dominated both overtimes, but could not capitalize on the many chances it created, as the game ended in draw.
The one point earned with the tie, pushes Curley one point in front of Gilman in the battle for sixth place and a playoff spot. After a game at Mount St. Joseph on Wednesday, the Friars have a showdown with Gilman on Saturday morning at Curley.
Spalding (3-10-2) is now 2-10-2 in the league.
NO. 1 CALVERT HALL 8, DULANEY 1
Top-ranked Calvert Hall received a huge performance from Mason Wakefield, who had three goals and two assists to lead the Cardinals to an 8-1 non-league home win over Dulaney, Monday.
Ryan Henneman added two goals, while Ryan Belal, Will Cole and Kyle Heller also scored. The Cardinals (15-1-1) also got two assists from Riley Organt and one each from Justin Crow, Bryce Huey, Damion Krzeminski and Michael Porter.
Magnus Vaitekunas scored a first half goal for Dulaney, as the Lions only trailed 2-1 at the intermission.