Top-ranked Curley romps at Spalding; Calvert Hall survives OT challenge from John Carroll


Wednesday’s marquee soccer match-up in the MIAA A Conference featured No. 2 McDonogh at No. 9 Loyola and the visiting Eagles were able to hold off a late push to the Dons to win 2-1 and remain undefeated.

McDonough scored off a corner kick, five minutes into the game, when Aidan Welsh was able to beat his defenders and put away a shot.

The score remained 1-0 at the half, but the Dons came out in the second half and applied heavy pressure, forcing the McDonagh goalkeeper to make a spectacular save early on. Loyola, however, paid a heavy price for its pressure, as McDonogh caught the Dons with a counter-attack and Casey Settleman scored to stretch the Eagles’ lead to 2-0.

The Dons got one back when Alex Ried put away the rebound off a volley by Cole Hendrix, which smashed into the cross bar. The Eagles were able to hold on from there and escaped Blakefield with three points.

Patrick Milmoe had save nine saves for Loyola and Baskett Kiernan also stopped nine shots for McDonogh.

Elsewhere in the league on Wednesday, Tommy Sidleck recorded his second hat-trick of the season and Nick Richardson added three assists as top-ranked Archbishop Curley continued to roll with a 6-0 victory over visiting Archbishop Spalding, at Curley.

Nick Balcer opened the scoring for Curley and senior Brandon Knapp chipped in with his first tally on the year. Ben Stitz assisted on two of Sidleck’s goals.

Also on Tuesday, No. 10 Calvert Hall escaped Bel Air with a 2-1 double-overtime win over John Carroll.

Ben Bender scored the golden goal to rescue the Cardinals who surrendered a second half penalty kick to the Patriots that erased an earlier 1-0 lead.

Bender was also in the middle of the fist goal, as his cross help create a goal for Sean Barwick.

Currently, McDonogh (5-0 overall) is 4-0 in the league and in first-place. Curley is also undefeated (5-0, 3-0) the Friars’ have nine points in league play, which leaves them tied for second with Calvert Hall (3-1, 3-1) and Mount St. Joseph (5-2, 3-1), which routed St. Paul’s, 6-2, on Tuesday.

Loyola (2-2-1, 1-2), John Carroll (1-3-1, 1-3) and Gilman (2-3, 1-3) all have one win in conference play, while Spalding (2-5-1, 0-3) and St. Paul’s (0-4, 0-4) are still seeking their first conference points.