In a preview of a potential first round MIAA A Conference soccer playoff match-up, No. 18 Archbishop Curley traveled to Irvington on Thursday and, for the second time this year, the Friars absorbed a 1-0 loss at the hands of No. 7 Mount St. Joseph.

Played with playoff intensity, the game was scoreless well into the second half, before David Flavor broke the ice for the Gaels with 18 minutes to play.

With the win, St. Joe (10-3-1, 7-3-1) remains in the running for one of the top two seeds.  The Gaels are tied for third with Calvert Hall, which lost to Gilman on Thursday, for third place.  St. Joe and Calvert Hall trail Gilman by four points and first-place McDonogh by six points.  McDonogh snapped its three game winless streak with a 3-1 win over John Carroll on Wednesday.

The Gaels have games left with John Carroll (Friday), Archbishop Spalding (Tuesday) and Calvert Hall (next Thursday).

Curley (6-7, 5-6) is locked in a fifth-place tie with Loyola, which defeated Spalding, 5-0, on Thursday.  With just three games to play, both Loyola and Curley appear on their way to the post-season.  It should just be a matter of who is seeded fifth and sixth.  That should be settled soon.  They two will meet on Friday at Loyola and play a rematch at Curley on Tuesday.