Gaels avenge an early season loss to the eight-ranked Greyhounds with a 3-0 victory in Irvington; McDonogh keeps pace with a big win over Spalding
by Joe DiBlasi
No. 2 Mount St. Joseph turned the tables on eighth-ranked Gilman, Friday afternoon in Irvington, avenging a 1-0 opening day loss with a 3-0 MIAA A Conference victory over the Greyhounds, to maintain their hold on first place in the Red Division of the A Conference.
The Mount (10-2-1 overall, 7-2-1 Red Division) recorded its second consecutive shutout win and the Gaels offense now has 47 goals in 12 games, while their stingy defense has allowed only eight.
St. Joe keeper Dominic Jones kept the Hounds (7-6-1 overall, 4-6 MIAA A) off the board on Friday, just as Joel Fenstermacher did at Calvert Hall on Wednesday.
The key to Friday’s win was an early goal by Torren Aiken, three minutes into the game. Aiken was assisted by Lam Miles, who finished with two assists on the day for coach Mike St. Martin.
“On the first goal, coach was telling me to keep the ball instead of giving it away,” said Miles. “So I took it down the line and crossed it into Torren and he finished it.
“Scoring early was huge, and getting that first goal was important.”
Miles made it 2-0 ten minutes into the second half on a feed from Brian St. Martin.
“Brian played in a good ball and I headed it in,” added Miles.
St. Martin got his first career goal on a pass from Miles to give the Gaels added insurance three minutes later.
“We’re all playing together, and we have great chemistry,” said St. Martin. “The early goal [by Torren] set the tone today. On my goal, Lam played a great ball to me and I headed it in near post. We knew coming in that we wanted to get revenge for that earlier loss to Gilman.”
Coach St. Martin said, “Getting the early lead was key because of the style of play of both teams. That first goal was important.
“We left a couple attempts out there in the first half, but we played better and played well in the second half.”
Gilman remains in playoff position in third place in the Red Division, but the Greyhounds only lead fourth-place Archbishop Spalding by three points, so its post-season spot is not yet secure.
“We need to start making positive plays,” said Gilman coach Jon Seal. “St. Joe is a fantastic team, but we’re making way too many mistakes that we normally don’t make.We’ve been missing opportunities. Today we missed from 4-yards out early.
“We have to work hard and play hard to get better. We’ll get back to work on Monday and prepare for McDonogh next Wednesday.”
Speaking of McDonogh, the third-ranked Eagles remained just one point back of St. Joe, as they also got some revenge on Friday.
McDonogh routed visiting Archbishop Spalding, 5-0, paying the Cavaliers back for 1-0 upset of the Eagles earlier this fall.
The Eagles opened the scoring 20 minutes into the game on a solo run and finish from Vince Petrera. Jacob Murrell and Mason Christian adder two additional goals in the last 10 minutes of half, giving McDonogh a 3-0 halftime edge.
The Eagles (9-4-1 overall, 7-3 MIAA A) continued to dominate possession in the second half and tacked on two more goal with Petrera finishing off his second of the game and a Ethan Glaser finished adding the final goal. Connor Smith recorded his fifth shutout of the season with two saves on the day.
Spalding (4-9 overall) fell to 3-7 in the conference. St. Joe will visit McDonogh next Friday in a game that should decide the division winner.
NO. 2 MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 3, NO. 8 GILMAN 0
GIL 0 0 — 0
MSJ 1 2 — 3
GOALS: MSJ-Aikens, Miles, St. Martin.
ASSISTS: MSJ-Miles 2, St. Martin.
SAVES: GIL-Farley 4; MSJ-Jones 2.
NO. 3 MCDONOGH 5, ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 0
AS 0 0 — 0
MCD 3 2 — 5
GOALS: MCD-Petrera 2, Murrell, Christian, Glaser.
ASSISTS: MCD-Matt Owusu, Braden Peacock, Petrera, Murrell, Aidan Ellis.
SAVES: AS-Daniel Ashbeck 5; MCD-Connor Smith 2.