Playing the team that denied it the MIAA A Conference soccer championship in last year’s title game, second-ranked Archbishop Curley served notice that it hopes to change the script in 2016 with a 2-1 win over 5th-ranked McDonogh, Friday in Owings Mills.

The Friars (3-0, 2-0) started fast, getting early goals from junior Ben Stitz and junior Nick Richardson, to build a 2-0 advantage.

McDonogh answered back with a goal from junior Andrew Privett, on a free kick, before the end of the first half, and stayed close when the Friars failed to convert a penalty kick, moments later.

The Eagles (1-1, 1-1) kept up the pressure in the second half, being denied on an outstanding save by Curley’s Nathan Wezieczkowski, a transfer from Patapsco, off a shot by Casey Settleman. The Eagles then hitt the post and cross bar on two other attempts to even the contest.

Curley will play at No. 12 Broadneck on Saturday night, before visiting No. 4 Loyola and No. 6 Perry Hall next week. McDonogh will also be at Broadneck on Saturday to face Perry Hall. Next week they host No. 3 Mount St. Joseph and then visit No. 1 Calvert Hall, before closing a tough stretch at Broadneck, next Saturday.