Jalen Robinson scored twice for Mount Saint Joseph (9-3-1, 6-3-1), on Tuesday, to lead the visiting Gaels to a hard fought 3-2 win over Gilman (12-2-3, 7-2-2) in Roland Park, handing the Greyhounds their second loss of the season.
The win allows the Mount to hold on to fourth place in the tough MIAA A Conference, behind Calvert Hall (8-3-1, 7-3-1), Gilman, and McDonogh (13-3-1,8-2-1).
The Hall won their third straight on the road on Tuesday when they beat McDonogh, 2-1.
Robinson put the Mount ahead 1-0, 90 seconds into the game and he scored what proved to be the game winner with 23:08 to go in regulation.
“I tried to chip it over the last line of defense, and I saw Andrew (Harris) come out, and I tipped it in,” said the talented Robinson.
Gilman tied the game 1-1 on a goal from Robby Haus at 22:54 of the first half, but St. Joe went ahead again when Joey Isaja tallied at 12:19. Speedy Cotter Brown made it 2-2 when he footed one home for coach Jon Seal, with nine minutes left in the first half. Robinson’s goal was the only score in the second half.
Gael coach Mike St. Martin praised Gilman.
“They’re a tough team. They’re dangerous up top with Cotter, and they have Andy Harris in the goal,” said St. Martin. “They’re very talented and well coached.”
Gael keeper Nate Ramsland agreed. Ramsland, who had ten saves, said that Gilman works very hard. “We might see them again in the semis or the finals.”
St. Martin was pleased with Ramsland’s work.
“Nate came off his line well, he communicated, and I thought he did a great job,” said the Gael leader.
The veteran coach also praised Robinson.
“Jalen is special. After his two goals up top, I threw him in the back, and he did a nice job on defense.”
Brett Smoot turned in a solid effort for the Mount as well.
“In the second half we had to tighten up in the back, and we were able to do that,” said Smoot.
Gilman will host Calvert Hall on Thursday in another key A Conference match-up. With the playoffs two weeks away, every game down the stretch is crucial.
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