Peterson and Llewellyn each score twice; Eagles are officially in a free fall
What started with a 1-1 tie against Gilman, which served as the first blemish on what was then an undefeated, untied record by then top-ranked McDonogh, has now reached a complete free fall, following Monday’s 5-0 rout at the hands of currently top-ranked Loyola, at Blakefield.
The Eagles (8-4-1), who still have the possibility of claiming the second-seed in the MIAA A Conference, have now lost four-of-five and were never in their rematch with the Dons, falling behind 3-0 at the half.
Loyola (15-0, 14-0 MIAA A) went up early when Chase Llewellyn scored the first of his two goals on the day, 10 minutes into the contest. Llewellyn slotted home a great ball from Matt Lala from 15 yards out.
John Peterson scored the second goal of the game 15 minutes later with another assist from Lala. The Dons got their third goal with just six seconds left in the half from a flurry of action in front of the net, which ended with the ball finding Dominic Parravanno, 20 yards out. Parravanno played a nice through ball to Llewellyn who calmly finished his second goal of the game from 12 yards.
McDonogh came out in the second half with numbers forward, looking for a goal. The Dons, however, found their fourth goal when Peterson scored his second goal of the game, off a nifty pass from Matais De Jesus. The Dons rounded out the scoring when Alex Munoz scored a banger to the upper right corner off a cross from Dylan Becks.
Pat Milmoe and Tyler Ledford had three saves on the night. Kieran Baskett had 8 saves on the day for the Eagles.
The chase for the second seed is now a simple matter. McDonogh trails second-place Gilman (9-3-2) by four points. The Eagles have three games to go, Tuesday at home against Archbishop Spalding, Thursday at John Carroll and Friday, at home, against Calvert Hall. Gilman plays at St. Paul’s on Tuesday and at Loyola on Thursday.
If Gilman wins just one of those games, McDonogh will need to sweep its final three games to get back into second place. If Gilman wins twice, it also clinches the second seed.