High-scoring Gaels net six in shutout of Boys’ Latin; McDonogh, Curley, Loyola and Calvert Hall also win in the MIAA A Conference; league roundup
by Joe DiBlasi
Mount St. Joseph, the second most prolific goal-scoring squad in MIAA A Conference soccer, tacked on six more goals, Wednesday in Roland Park, as the Gaels cruised to a 6-0 conference win over Boys Latin, on the road in Roland Park, as temperatures soared into the mid-90’s.
St. Joe now has 27 goals in nine games, an average of three per contest, second only to the 3.63 being scored by No. 2 Archbishop Curley. By contrast, BL has scored just three goals in eight games this season, their first in the A Conference
The Gaels showed no signs of being slowed down by the heat, but the teams were allowed to take water breaks at the 20 minute mark of each half to stay as fresh as possible.
Five different players scored for the Mount. Junior Alec Carey lead the way with two goals, and freshman Shan Chung had a goal and an assist.
The game was scoreless until the 18 minute mark in the first half when Chung put St. Joe ahead on a cross from Brett Callahan, and Carey made it to 2-0, four minutes later, on a feed from Owen Anglin.
Carey credited his goals to team-work.
“We play really well together because we’re close to one another,” said Carey. “I scored for the first time in a conference game, and I give all of the credit to my teammates.”
Anthony Dipino, Adam White and Zach Whalen also scored for the Gaels (6-2-1 overall, 3-2-1 MIAA A).
“We played well, and we were able to get everyone on the team some minutes today,
and our depth helped a lot in the heat,” said Mount St. Joe coach Mike St. Martin. “We had a good continuity, and we accomplished a lot of the things that we work on in practice.”
The Gaels moved into second-place in the Red Division of the A Conference with the win, while the Lakers (1-6 overall) fell to 1-5 in the Black Division.
BL was looking to continue to improve after notching its first-ever A Conference win over St. Pauls last week, followed by a heart-breaking double-overtime, 1-0, loss to McDonogh, but the Gaels controlled the tempo on Wednesday.
Dominic Jones and Joel Fenstermacher split duty in the goal for Coach St. Martin, each making a pair of saves.
St. Joe will host John Carroll on Friday and Boys Latin will have a neighborhood game at Gilman.
NO. 3 MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 6, BOYS’ LATIN 0
MSJ 4 2 — 6
BL 0 0 — 0
GOALS: MSJ- Carey 2, Chung, Dipino, White, Whalen.
ASSISTS: MSJ-Callahan, Anglin, White, Chung, Crabbs.
SAVES: MSJ-Jones 2, Fenstermacher 2; BL-Brown 8, Cadigan 2
Also in the Black Division of the A Conference on Wednesday, No. 4 McDonogh surged to its fourth straight win with a 3-0 shutout of John Carroll in Bel Air.
A first half penalty converted by Mason Christian was the only thing separating the Eagles and Patriots at the break, but McDonogh (7-3-1 overall, 5-2 MIAA A) controlled more of the game and generated several quality chances. Christian was able to add his second goal of the day on a break-away and, 10 minutes later, Joel Brown sealed the game.
The Eagles recent win streak has vaulted them into first place in the Red Division where they hold a five-point lead on St. Joe and a six-point edge on Gilman (5-4-1 overall, 3-4 MIAA A).
John Carroll fell to 4-5 overall and 3-4 in the A Conference. The Patriots are in fourth place in the Black Division.
Elsewhere, No. 2 Archbishop Curley, leaders of the Black Division, continued to roll along as the Friars posted a 6-0 home shutout of visiting Archbishop Spalding.
Jalen Anderson scored a pair of goals for the Friars (9-1-1 overall, 7-0 MIAA A), while Victor Bravo, Dylan Sloan, Bryce Woodward and Justin Karas also netted scores.
Tyler Harry also made a big contribution with a pair of assists. In addition, Sloan, Woodward, Kenny Clapp and Nick Henderson also provided helpers.
The Friars are in complete command of Black Division with 21 points, but their two closest pursuers, No. 6 Loyola Blakefield (5-3-2 overall, 4-2-2 MIAA A) and No. 7 Calvert Hall (5-2-1 overall, 4-2-1, MIAA A) kept pace with victories.
Loyola defeated No. 8 Gilman, 4-2, as Kwaku Marfo-Sarbang scored a hat-trick and Dominic Caltalbiano had a pair of assists. Calvert Hall survived a stiff home test from St. Paul’s as Ben Bender scored on a penalty kick in overtime to allow the Cardinals to prevail, 1-0.