There is one sure way not to lose in sports – don’t let your opponent score.

For the third consecutive game and the fourth time in their last five matches, Mount St. Joseph’s top-ranked soccer team shutout their opponent. The latest whitewashing occurred Wednesday in Irvington as the Gaels blanked visiting St. Paul’s, in Irvington, to remain atop the MIAA A Conference soccer standings.

The Gaels (6-1-1, 6-1-1) scored all three of their goals in the opening half.

Jordan Ehart got the first as he got to a ball served in box and deflected it on goal. John Sloop made it 2-0 when he collected a ball 25 yards from he goal, turned, beat a defender and slotted a shot past the Crusaders’ goalie.

The final score was produced by Casey McCanna, who finished a cross into the box.

Starter Nick DeShong manned the goal in the first half and Ashton Carey kept the Crusadres off the board in the second half.

The regular season has now officially reached the halfway point. The Gaels entered the day tied for first in the MIAA A with No. 3 Archbishop Curley, but the Friars had their game with No. 15 Gilman postponed. St. Joe (19 points) now owns a 1-point lead over No. 2 Calvert Hall (18), which defeated Archbishop Spalding, 3-1, on Wednesday, in the tightly bunched lead pack. Curley is third with 16 points and No. 4 McDonogh, which scored a 5-1 win over John Carroll, is in the thick of the race with 15 points.

Currently, Gilman and John Carroll (10 points each) are battling with Loyola (9) for the final two playoff positions, but there is still an entire half of the regular season to play. Spalding and St. Paul’s each have three points, but each still remains just a couple wins shy of competing for one of the top six slots.