Murrell and Tucker score first half goals; MIAA A Roundup: Calvert comes from behind at John Carroll; Loyola defeats St. Paul’s; Gilman snaps skid; MSJ holds off Spalding
by Joe DiBlasi
The McDonogh Eagles, now ranked 15th in the nation by prepsoccer.net and No. 2 by VSN (just one spot behind Calvert Hall in both polls) topped an always tough Concordia Prep team, 2-0, in Owings Mills on Wednesday afternoon.
The Eagles’ high scoring Jacob Murrell, the leading scorer in the MIAA A Conference with 23 goals, put McDonogh ahead 1-0 in the seventh minute, and Tyler Tucker made it 2-0 ten minutes later.
Just when it looked like the Eagles were off to the races, a key defender was penalized with a red card at 27:32, forcing coach Brandon Quaranta’s squad to play with 10 men the rest of the way.
Quaranta moved Murrell to center-back to bolster the defense, and the move paid off.
“Playing with 10 men really goes against our DNA, because we like to run and gun and score goals, but today, after that red card, we were forced to be patient,” said Quaranta. “Jacob demonstrated that he’s not only the best forward in the league, but if have to put him at center-back, I think he’s also the best there, which I think he proved today.
“Concordia (5-6-2) is a really good team, and their forward, Ryan Calheira, is one of the best around. They are organized, and Coach Neto does a real good job of getting them ready to play. We had to completely modify our game plan to get this win. I’m really proud of our team to defend that long with 10 men, against a very good team.”
Murrell described his day on the opposite side of the field.
“When we went down to 10 men just 15 minutes into the game, right after we took a 2-0 lead on Tyler Tucker’s goal, we were forced to do defend. It was a team effort. I thought Ethan Glazer was fantastic up top. He did a real good job holding the ball, which took some pressure off all of us on the back line. Aidan Smith, a sophomore, also played a great game and [keeper] Will Anderson got another shut out.”
Saints Coach Neto said, “After that red card we had them a man down, but we couldn’t take advantage of the situation. We came out a little flat, and when you do that against a great team like they are, you’re going to get punished. We gave up two early goals, and it was difficult to overcome that, but they did a real good job. They played better than we did today, and they deserved to win.”
NO. 2 MCDONOGH 2, NO. 12 CONCORDIA PREP 0
CP 0 0 — 0
MCD 2 0 — 2
GOALS: MCD-Murrell, Tucker.
ASSISTS: MCD-Lloyd, Abegbenro.
SAVES: CP-Drought 6; MCD-Anderson 3.
NO. 1 CALVERT HALL 2, NO. 6 JOHN CARROLL 1
On the road in Bel Air, No. 1 Calvert Hall had to come from behind to pull out a 2-1 victory over No. 6 John Carroll in a key MIAA A Conference soccer clash.
After a scoreless first half, the Cardinals (12-1-1) fell behind 1-0 as John Carroll’s Ryan Skandalis found the net 15 minutes into the second half.
Calvert Hall found the equalizer, 6 minutes later, in the second half when Tyler Flynn converted a feed by David Peters. Peters then netted what proved to be the game-winner as he was assisted by Rich Monath.
John Carroll put plenty of pressure on the Cardinals down the stretch and the Patriots earned a PK with just 26 seconds. The shot, by Skandalis, went wide left.
John Carroll (9-4-2 overall) fell to 8-4-2 in the league where they remain in third place.
NO. 3 LOYOLA 2, ST. PAUL’S 0
No. 3 Loyola, playing at home a Meadowood Regional Park on Wednesday, struggled early to solve St. Paul’s goalkeeper Grayson Benson, before breaking through for a pair of second half goals and capturing an important 2-0 MIAA A Conference soccer victory.
The Dons dominated possession most of the day, but Benson, who finished with 8 saves, came up big every time the Dons created a first half opportunity.
Loyola finally broke the seal when Joel Romero play a through ball to Cameron Cole who finished over Benson for the first goal of the game. Later the Dons combined down the right line finding Caden Heiser-Cerrato, who beat a defender before finding Joseph Molina with a cross. Molina finished with a one-timer from 10 yards out.
NO. 14 GILMAN 3, BOYS’ LATIN 0
No. 14 Gilman finally put an end to its four game losing streak with a 3-0 home win over Boys’ Latin, and kept itself alive in the MIAA A Conference soccer playoff race.
Junior Josh Melancon led the effort with a pair of goals.
The first goal came in the 11th minutes when junior captain Chase Spurrier lifted a perfect left to right cross which found Melancon wide open for a 1-on-1 opportunity, which he calmly deposited inside the right post.
It remained a one goal game well into the second half when the Greyhounds struck again. Sophomore Elijah Brijbasi took a feed inside the box, dribbled a circle around a BL defender and struck a shot inside left post to make it 2-0.
Moments later Melancon added his second goal. After a long throw-in from the side bounded around the box, Melancon found and opening and drove the ball into the goal to make it 3-0.
Gilman (7-5 overall) improved to 6-5 in the conference as the Greyhounds climbed up to fifth place. BL is now 3-12-1 overall and 2-11-1 in the league.
MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 4, ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 3
In a high scoring affair, Mount St. Joseph broke a 1-1 tie with three more first half goals to build a 4-1 halftime lead and held on for a 4-2 victory as visiting Archbishop Spalding closed the gap with a pair of second half goals.
Brian St. Martin, with an assist from Brendan Flynn, put the Gaels on top with a goal in the first five minutes of the contest. After Spalding got an equalizer, St. Martin drew and convert a penalty kick to put St. Joe on top to stay.
James Donahue added the third goal, unassisted, and Shan Chung, assisted by Francis Kelly, scored the fourth to give St. Joe its 4-1 advantage at the half.