Curley romps over John Carroll; Loyola overpowers BL

by Joe DiBlasi

Zach Whalen (left) and Torren Aikens each scored to lift No. 3 Mount St. Joseph to a 2-0 MIAA A win over Archbishop Spalding.

Third-ranked Mount Saint Joe continued the strong start to its 2019 MIAA A Conference soccer season, Friday afternoon in Irvington, blanking visiting Archbishop Spalding, 2-0.

The Gaels (5-1 overall, 3-1 MIAA A Red Division ) have reeled off five wins in a row, three of which have come against division opponents, after suffering a season opening 1-0 loss to division-leading Gilman.

The Cavaliers (2-5, 1-3 Red Division) dropped their fourth game in a row, with three coming in division play, after topping defending conference champion McDonogh on September 6.

Coach Mike St. Martin’s Gaels have scored 20 goals in their last five games.

“It has been our focus to take care of the ball in the final third, and we did a good job of that today,” said St. Martin. “We’re doing a lot of finishing, and it’s a testament to the hard work that the team is putting in everyday to score that many goals in five games.”

Senior Torren Aikens put the Mount up 1-0 just a minute and 45 seconds into the game on Friday, on what St. Martin called “a beautiful goal.”

“It was a great strike by Torren on a ball that came out to him, and it’s something that we have worked on in practice, and it paid off,” said the veteran coach.

Aikens said the goal came from a long throw-in from Brian St. Martin.

“It got flicked by a teammate, and I was waiting for it at the top of the box, and I tried to place it in the left corner. I hit it from 20 yards out and I hit the target.”

Zach Whalen made it 2-0 eight minutes later, and the Gaels’ defense and keepers Dominic Jones and Joel Fenstermacher (who split duty in the goal), kept the Cavaliers off the board from there.

On his goal Whalen said, “I went front post on the corner from Ty (Tyquan Stroud). I dummied it (it was a play), and it fell back to me and I finished it.”

Whalen said that the key to the Gaels’ winning streak has been their ability to get off to a hot start.

“We’re coming out hot at the start and that is the key to our success,” said Whalen. “At the beginning of the season we started off slow, but today we got two goals in the first 10 minutes and that was the key to the win. The team is working well together and we seem to be finding our rhythm.”

Aiken agreed. “The team is really coming together after that first loss in our first game of the season, and we’re really on it in practice. Our goal is to go all the way this year and win a championship.”

St. Joe had one scoring attempt ricochet off the top of the crossbar, and another slide away after it hit the far post.

St. Martin said that Coach Pat Crawford’s Cavaliers stayed close because they worked hard and stayed organized.

Spalding keeper Daniel Ashland finished with eight saves to keep the Cavs in the game.

AS 0 0 — 0
MSJ 2 0 — 2
GOALS: MSJ-Aikens, Whalen.
SAVES: AS-Ashbeck 8; MSJ-Jones 4, Fenstermacher 3.

Elsewhere in the league, No. 2 Archbishop Curley exploded for nine goals in a 9-4 win over John Carroll.

The Friars raced out to a 6-0 lead and led 8-2 at the half. Jalen Anderson, Kenny Clappand Anthony Schlee each scored two goals, while single goals were netted by Dylan Sloan, Victor Bravo and Brady Geho.

Sloan also had an assist and Bryce Woodward had two. In addition, Tyler Harry, Justin Karas, Scott Giampa and Nick Henderson also had helpers.

Also on Friday, No. 5 Loyola picked up a big win, ripping Boys’ Latin, 5-0, on the road.

Chris Llewelyn led the way with a hat-trick, while freshman Evan Onate and Landon Lackner also scored. Julian Smugge also had huge afternoon with three assists and Ryan Kelly had two assists.

In addition, in a non-conference game, Ben Bender scored three goals to life No. 8 Calvert Hall to a 3-2 win over Appoquinimick (PA).