Eagles edge Mount St. Joe on Privett’s late goal; Loyola edges Spalding in OT
by Joe DiBlasi
Second-ranked McDonogh followed up their impressive home win over top-ranked Archbishop Curley, on Wednesday, by prevailing, 2-1, in a hard-fought battle with No. 6 Mount St. Joseph, Friday in Irvington as the Eagles inched closer to clinching the top-seed for the upcoming MIAA A Conference soccer playoffs.
Junior Andrew Privett was credited with what proved to be the winning goal, with 10:38 to go in regulation, when he drilled a shot from the top of the arc on a direct kick, that deflected off of a Gael defender in front of the box, before it sailed into the net.
Privett, who assisted on the Eagles first goal of the day said, “I was just trying to feed it in and was looking for a tap-in, and I saw the ball go in.”
Senior Aidan Welsh scored the Eagles’ first goal 25 minutes into the game when Privett flicked the ball to senior Casey Settleman who in turn got it to Welsh who tapped it in.
Mount Saint Joe’s Brett St Martin banked a header from a corner kick, at 9:11 in the first half, to tie the game, and it stayed that way until Privett’s kick found the twine with ten minutes to go in regulation.
The Mount had lots of chances, but Eagle keeper Kieran Baskett had seven stops to save the day for Coach Brandon Quaranta.
Brett St. Martin said, “We had a lot of chances in the box, but a few unlucky bounces cost us.”
Quaranta said he saw a little lag in his team’s play, “but the win means we still have a chance for the top seed in the playoffs. It’s always good to get 3 hard-earned points over a quality team like St. Joe.”
Coach Mike St Martin was proud of his team’s effort.
“I told them they played great and they earned a lot of chances in a hard fought game.”
On Privett’s shot that made the difference, coach St Martin said. ”From 30 yards out they played it into the box and it just went through everybody and went in.”
Baskett made a key save on a shot by the Gaels’ Jordan Ehart at the 24 minute mark of the second half, when he reached out and poked the all over the bar.
“I saw it swerve at the end, and I tipped it over,” said Baskett.
Baskett praised the Gaels. “They have a very direct style of play and they had a lot of stuff in the box.”
St. Joe (12-5-1 overall), which will conclude its regular season on Saturday with a non-conference game against Leonardtown, finished its league schedule at 11-4-1 and thus will finish with the third seed for the playoffs and will host a quarterfinal game.
McDonogh (17-2 overall) is now 13-2 in the A Conference and can clinch the top seed with a win at Archbishop Spalding on Wednesday, in the Eagles’ regular season finale. Curley, which plays Gilman on Saturday and Calvert Hall on Wednesday is 12-2 in the league and has clinched no worse than second seed. Should the Friars and Eagles finish in a tie, McDonogh owns the tie-break and would take the top-seed. Both teams will have first-round byes and host semifinal playoff games.
Also on Friday in the league, Loyola (11-6-1, 8-6) cemented its grasp on the fourth seed with a 3-2 win over Spalding in double-overtime.
Alex Reide opened the scoring with a beautiful left-footed shot on a nifty combination play, with the assist going to Cole Hendrix. Jason D’Adairo scored the second goal for the Dons with 10 minutes to go in the second half on a beautiful shot from 20 yards out with the assist going to Matt Lala.
Spalding (4-15-1, 2-13) came out in the second half with physical aggressive play and fought their way back in to a 2-2 tie to end regulation. Luca Mazzoli and Spencer Sherman scored in the second half for the Cavaliers. The Don’s Nathaniel Comi scored in the second overtime with a beautiful volley from right outside the 18 yard box to win it for Loyola.
Patrick Milmoe had five saves for the Don’s while Luca Mazzola had nine for Spalding.