Struggling for goals and results, the Dons score four at Spalding and collect their first win
by Joe DiBlasi
On a gorgeous September morning, eerily similar to one 20 years ago to the day, the Archbishop Spalding and Loyola Blakefield soccer teams, whose players were not yet even born on 9/11, took a moment to pay their respects to the tragedy that befell America that day, prior to their MIAA A Conference soccer match on Saturday morning in Severna Park.
When the game got underway, the visiting Dons had the better off the play, breaking through for their first win of the season with a 4-0 victory over the Cavs.
Junior captain Evan Onate paced the Dons (1-3-2) with 2 goals, and freshman Stefan Garefalakis had a goal and an assist.
Loyola coach Lee Tschantret called both of the Onate scores “world class goals, one right footed and one left footed, and both from beyond 20 yards out.”
“It was a great team effort; we played the same way we’ve been playing in our first five games, but today we put the ball in the back of the net.”
Our defense was great. Mateo (Munoz), Ryan (Andrews), Toshi ( Topolski) and Luke (Dubois) were fantastic,” added the veteran coach.
Garefalakis put the Dons up 1-0, 8:46 into the game, on a feed from Cameron Cole.
Onate slammed home a 25 footer 40 seconds later.
On his first tally on the day, Onate said, “The ball came across the left side, I saw it right In front of me and hit it.”
Jackson Graham made it 3-0 off a deflection in front of the Spalding goal, three minutes into the second half, and Onate blasted the Dons fourth goal into the twine at the halfway mark of the second half. Onate credited Garefalakis, a freshman, for creating the opportunity.
“I was dribbling off the left side when I passed it to him, and I called for it, and he passed it back to me and I hit it.”
On the win, the senior leader said, “We’ve been playing good, but we haven’t been able to finish; today we stepped up.”
Loyola keepers Jordy Eckman and Jake Medvet kept the Cavs off the board with a combined nine saves.
Spalding coach Pat Crawford was disappointed with the his teams’ performance after a great week of practice.
“Hats off to (coach) Lee. They took it to us today; they wanted it more than we did. We just didn’t show what we worked on in practice. We’re a young team but I expected much more.”
Pictured above: In touching pre-game tribute, members of the Loyola and Archbishop Spalding soccer teams stood for a moment of silence to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
LOYOLA 4, ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 0
LOY 2 2 — 4
AS 0 0 — 0
GOALS: LOY-Onate 2, Gerefalakis, Graham.
ASSISTS: LOY-Cole, Garefalkis.
SAVES: LOY-Eckman 5, Medvetz 4; AS-Jones 5, Nehman 4.