Friars surrender an early goal but counter with scores from Sloan and Schlee
by Joe DiBlasi
In a contest matching two outstanding high school soccer teams playing to the lofty standards their rankings would suggest, No. 2 Archbishop Curley scored a 2-1, come-from-behind, MIAA A Conference victory over No. 3 Mount St. Joseph, Tuesday afternoon in East Baltimore.
All of the scoring took place in the first half, as the Friars of the A Conference’s Black Division (6-1, 5-0) fell behind 1-0, as the visiting Gaels (Red Division) got a beautiful goal from Tyquan Stroud, nine minutes into the game. The score was setup by a perfect give and go from Zach Whalen to Shan Chung, who found Stroud.
Curley answered with 18:26 left in the first half when Dylan Sloan scored.
“I got the ball out wide and saw Bryce (Woodward ) making a diagonal run and he stopped, and it caught the defender out of position,” said Sloan. “I ran off and I took a touch. The keeper came out a little late and I just put it to the side of him.”
Anthony Schlee got what proved to be the winning goal with just 1:07 left in the first half.
“I saw the ball come in to Brady (Geho) and he had a great flick off to Tyler (Harry),” said Schlee. “I saw a gap on defense and the keeper step to the right so I put it to the right side.”
The second half was scoreless, but both teams had lots of chances.
“We stepped up in the second half on defense,” said Schlee. “Our keeper, Chris Denholm, was great. He had a lot of good saves.”
Sloan said the Friars started off pretty slow.
“We couldn’t connect on any passes, but we bounced back after my goal and we created some energy.”
Sloan also praised Mount Saint Joe.
“They’re a good team; they have a lot of talent and they put up a good fight. They created a lot of opportunities.”
Curley coach Barry Stitz called it great win.
“It was a very good, competitive game; we had to battle back,” said Stitz. “I’m pleased with the way we played. Our confidence is growing.”
Mount Saint Joe was gunning for their sixth consecutive win, but it came up short.
Gaels’ coach Mike St. Martin was succinct about the loss. “They finished their chances and we did not.”
Curley will travel to Roland Park on Friday to face Gilman, which shares the lead in the Red Division with St. Joe (6-1, 3-2 MIAA A) and McDonogh, in what should be another classic.
The Mount will look to rebound when it hosts Loyola in Irvington on Friday.
NO. 2 ARCHBISHOP CURLEY 2, NO. 3 MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 1
MSJ 1 0 — 1
AC 2 0 — 2
GOALS: MSJ- Stroud; AC-Sloan, Schlee.
ASSISTS: MSJ-Chung; AC-Woodward, Harry.
SAVES: MSJ-Fenstermacher 6, Jones 4; AC-Denholm 9.