Arch-rivals Calvert Hall and Loyola renewed their soccer rivalry on the pitch at Blakefield Wednesday and the sixth-ranked Dons stunned the top-ranked Cardinals with a pair of late goals, including the game-winner by Ben Gallagher, with just 29 seconds left, to produce a 2-1 MIAA A Conference victory.
Calvert Hall had the better of play for most of the afternoon, but could not capitalize on its opportunities, as the sides played a scoreless first half and remained in a stalemate until the 66th minute.
Calvert Hall (4-1, 4-1) broke the ice, but not the Dons’ spirit, when Zack Urbanski headed home a goal after the ball had been cleared and then flicked back in. Loyola responded with the tying goal with 4-and-a-half minutes left, after Andre Bearzi was taken down by a Calvert Hall player on his way to goal. Marcei Desormeaux stepped up and scored on a wonderfully placed free kick from from 20 yards out, which found its way into the upper right hand corner.
The Dons (2-2, 2-2) then claimed the victory, with 29 seconds left, when Alex Reed flicked the ball to Gallagher at the far post and he poked it into the goal to set off a big celebration.
Chris Karpovich had eight huge saves in the Loyola goal and Kyle Cooper had four saves for Calvert Hall.
Both teams will be back in action on Friday as Loyola travels to John Carroll (4:00 p.m.) and Calvert Hall returns home to host No. 2 Archbishop Curley (7:00 p.m.) in the annual Rief Alumni Cup battle between the Friars and Cardinals.