Anthony Schlee nets the Friars only goal in 1-0 victory over No. 5 Gilman; Spalding upsets No. 6 Calvert Hall; MSJ and Loyola tie; BL pushes McDonogh to overtime before the Eagles prevail
by Joe DiBlasi
Second-ranked Archbishop Curley remained undefeated in MIAA A Conference soccer by capturing a hard earned 1-0 win over Gilman, in Roland Park on Friday afternoon.
Junior forward Anthony Schlee, who scored the winning goal against Mount Saint Joseph on Wednesday, when Curley topped the Gaels at home 2-1, was the hero for coach
Barry Stitz again at Gilman.
Schlee got one past Gilman’s talented keeper Grant Farley, with 12:45 to go in the first half, after junior back Brandon Holy served a great ball in the back post.
“Holy played a great serve in,” said Stitz. “Anthony showed courage going for a 50-50 ball with the keeper.”
On his second winning goal in back-to-back games against ranked opponents, Schlee humbly said, “I was in the right position at the right time. It was a very close game and Gilman is a very athletic team, but our defense was able to stay strong, and we did what we needed to do to win.
Schlee echoed what coach Stitz said after the win against St. Joe on Wednesday.
“We are playing as a team, with great confidence and effort.”
Stitz lauded Farley.
“He’s very impressive. He makes the saves and he comes off the line extremely well,” said the veteran Curley coach. He also credited his own keeper Chris Denholm as well, for his aggressive play making stops coming off the line, and he singled out junior back Landon Berger for keeping the defense together. “Landon was very good on 50-50 balls, head-balls, sliding and making big plays.”
Stitz continued, “I knew coming over here, Gilman always plays hard and they’re well-coached by Jon Seal. When you come to Gilman and get a win on the road, it’s a big win in this league.”
Curley (7-1 overall) is now a perfect 6-0 in the league and leads the Red Division with 18 points. Their closest pursuer, Calvert Hall, is 3-2-1 in the league after its 2-1 upset loss at Archbishop Spalding on Friday. Moreover, the Friars have scored 28 goals in eight games overall, thus far, this season.
On defense, Curley hasn’t been scored upon now for a little over 150 consecutive minutes, going back to the win over St. Joe on Wednesday, not an easy task.
Gilman (5-3, 3-3) fell to third in the Black Division
Seal said, “We had to execute our system, and they broke us down a little. On their goal, it looked like we had a little miscommunication in the back. You can’t give up goals like that against a team like this, and expect to change the game.
“I give credit to my kids. They battled to the very end and they continued to fight. We had a lot of balls bouncing around in the box in the first half, but we just couldn’t finish and that’s a credit to them. We defended set pieces well today, but they did what they had to do to get a win and pick up three points on the road, and that is tough to do in this league. Farley had to make some unbelievable saves to keep us in the game and without him in the goal, it’s a 3 or 4 goal game.”
At Spalding, David Peters staked the 6th-ranked Cardinals to a 1-0 first half lead, as the Cardinals dominated the early possession and ultimately outshot the Cavaliers 10-3. Spalding goalkeeper Daniel Ashbeck, who finished with seven saves including several spectacular ones, kept his squad afloat and it paid dividends in the second half.
Spalding scored within the first five minutes of the second half off of throw-in which was put in by freshman Emile Beaubien and assisted by Lucca Mazzola. Then, with five minutes left in regulations, the Cavaliers secured the victory with a corner kick scored by senior Mazzola, the team’s senior captain.
In Irvington, No. 3 St. Joe and No. 8 Loyola Blakefield played to a 2-2 double-overtime tie.
St. Joe led 1-0 at the half on a goal by Tyquan Atkins, but Evan Onate squared things for the Dons, two minutes into the second half. Tyquan Stroud put the Gaels back in front by converting a penalty kick, but once again the Dons got the equalizer, this time from Chase Llewellyn.
Under the lights in Owings Mills, No. 4 McDonogh got a major test from Boys’ Latin. Coming off their first ever MIAA A league win, over St. Paul’s on Wednesday, the Lakers took the two-time defending champion Eagles to overtime, before a golden goal Mason Christian allowed McDonogh to escape with the 1-0 victory.