The Gaels continue to impress on both ends of the field

by Joe DiBlasi

No. 2 Mount Saint Joseph kept rolling in MIAA A Conference soccer with a 3-0 win over Calvert Hall, in Towson on Wednesday afternoon.

The Gaels (9-2, 6-2-1 Red Division) have lost only once in their last 10 outings, (eight wins and one tie) and have now climbed into first place in the Red Division of the A Conference, one point ahead of McDonogh.

The Mount has displayed a prolific offense all season, but the defense has been just as much a part of the Gaels’ success. For much of year, goalkeepers Joel Fenstermacher and Dominic Jones have split time in the nets, but on Monday Fenstermacher played all 80 minutes, pitching a shutout, with five saves.

The junior keeper said he gets solid support from his defensive mates, especially Sean Thompson and Dmitri Jordan.

“We’ve been teammates for three years,” said Fenstermacher. “We know each other well, and we have great chemistry. We work well together [in games], we work well in practice, and we train hard.”

St. Joe opened the scoring at 28:32 in the first half on a penalty kick from Miles Lam, after a foul in the box was called.

Tyquan Stroud, a top-notch offensive threat for Coach Mike Saint Martin all season, and throughout his high school career, made it 2-0, one minute into the second half on a nice feed from Alex Crabbs.

Alec Carey finished the scoring off a rebound, when he slammed one home for extra insurance with eight minutes to go in regulation.

Stroud described his key goal.

“When one of our center-backs played a ball into Zach Whelan, Zach turned, and I called for the ball and didn’t get it,” said Stroud. “It went to Crabbs and I got it from him in the middle, took a shot, and it went in.”

Stroud also praised the Gaels defenders.

“We’ve been scoring a lot, but it’s starts with our defense, which has given up only eight goals all season.”

St. Martin attributed the Gaels’ success thus far this season, to the fact that the team is practicing hard, training hard, and carrying that work ethic over to game day.

“The offense is scoring, the defense is doing a great job, and I’m very happy with our play on both ends of the field.” said St. Martin. “We have a good chemistry and a good work-rate, and every player is into the game [on the sidelines]. We have a large group of 31 players, and they have all bought into what we’re doing and I appreciate that.”

Calvert Hall (5-5-1 overall) fell to 4-4-1 in the league. The Cardinals, heading into their annual Rief Cup battle with top-ranked Archbishop Curley on Friday, is clinging to third-place in Black Division, just one point ahead ahead of John Carroll (4-5), in what is shaping up as a battle for the third and final playoff spot in that division.

Calvert Hall coach Rich Zinkand was disappointed with the way the Cardinals played, and he also shouldered some of that blame.

“We had chances early, but we were not good enough competing, transitioning, challenging first balls, and winning second balls, and we need to get turned around quickly,” said Zinkand. “We didn’t do a good enough job today and that’s my fault, as well.

“We have one day off and then we face Curley on Friday, and we’ll need to focus and regroup. No one feels sorry for you in this league. St. Joe played well and Coach St. Martin does a great job with that team.”

St. Joe will return home on Friday to host Gilman in an important matchup in the Red Division.

Pictured above: St. Joe’s (from left) Tyquan Stroud, Miles Lam, Joel Fenstermacher and Alec Carey. Stroud, Lam and Carey scored for the Gaels, while Fenstermacher had a shutout in goal.

MSJ 1 2 — 3
CH 0 0 — 0
GOALS: MSJ-Miles, Stroud, Carey.
SAVES: MSJ- Fenstermacher 5; CH-Langford.