In a physical MIAA A Conference soccer battle, Friday, No. 3 McDonogh got goals from three different players to down No. 6 Loyola, 3-0.
McDonogh scored its first goal midway through the first half when Casey Settleman finished a 20-yard shot into the upper 90.
The Eagles maintained their 1-0 lead through halftime. The second goal came off a cross as Dexter Locovara finished on a header back post. With the Dons applying pressure and pushing up in the final moments, the Eagles received a penalty kick call, which was converted by Jacob Sternberg, to cap the scoring.
McDonogh (6-3, 4-3) now has 12 points in the crowded top of the league standing. The Eagles are in fourth place, but just four points back of first place, which is shared by Archbishop Curley and Mount St. Joseph, after the Friars defeated St. Paul’s, 6-0, and the Gaels defeated John Carroll, 2-0, on Friday to each move into the top spot.
Loyola (3-4, 3-4) is in seventh place in the league, but just seven points off the lead.