Friars pick up a key home win over Loyola, 3-2; Mount St. Joe stays undefeated with a 5-0 win over Spalding
by Joe DiBlasi
Coming off a difficult loss to rival Calvert Hall in last Wednesday’s Reif Cup, the Archbishop Curley soccer team returned home, Saturday morning, and held off a come-back bid by Loyola Blakefield, to secure a key home win.
Curley (4-2 overall) improved to 3-2 in the Baltimore Catholic Soccer League, with a hard-fought 3-2 win, keeping tied for second-place in the league standings.
All three goals for the Friars came in rapid fire succession, in a three minute, 20 second span in the first half. Senior keeper Michael Caulkins and the Curley defense made the burst stand up against the feisty Dons (1-4).
Curley’s senior captain Anthony Schlee scored first, at 30:31, on a feed from Brandon Holy. Sophomore Brady Geho made it 2-0, at 29:59, on assist from Schlee, and Geho converted again, at 27:15, on a pass from freshman Mason Landreth.
The Dons got on the board with an unassisted goal from sophomore Matias DeJesus with eighteen minutes to go in the first half.
The Dons then cut the Curley lead to one, seven minutes into the second half, when senior Matt Dixon scored, and they controlled most of the play in the second half. Down the stretch, however, Curley’s Caulkins turned back every thrust. Caulkins’ final save on a kick sent in from Loyola senior Dominic Caltabiano, in the final seconds of regulation, sealed the win and saved the day for the Friars.
Caulkins, a three year started in the nets for the Friars said, “We had to keep our cool with 30 seconds left [in the game], when they had that free kick and every single player was in there.
“I give a lot of credit to our defense, especially to Landon (Berger) and Brandon (Holy), our two center-backs. They know how to work together find each other and connect.”
Curley assistant coach Mike Griffith praised Caulkins.
“Mike made some big saves in there, big time saves, and our backline center midfielders held steady,” said Griffin.
Griffith said that adjustment that the team made about 15 minutes into the second half helped settle the game down.
“We took one striker away and put an extra midfielder in, and that limited their chances a little bit.”
Geho, who had two goals in three minutes gave credit to Schlee.
“Schlee played some fantastic balls to me. He is great to work with. After having that lead we needed to calm down and play possession and keep our heads up.”
This was an important win for us, because we will need those three points to get into the playoffs,” added Geho.
Loyola head coach Lee Tschantret knows what his team needs to do to recover from another close loss. The Dons fell to league-leading Mount Saint Joe by the same 3-2 score in OT on Tuesday.
“They caught us with counter attacks,” said Tschantret. “We had a lack of concentration and a lack of balance, and you just can’t give the ball away against good teams. We have to find a way to translate all of these opportunities; it’s not just possessions, it’s possessions and opportunities. We’ve got to make other teams earn their goals. You just can’t give goals away in this league.”
Pictured above: Brady Geho (#17), who scored a pair of goals in Curley’s 3-2 win over Loyola, climbs high to win a 50-50 ball.
ARCHBISHOP CURLEY 3, LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD 2
LOY 1 1 — 2
AC 3 0 — 3
GOALS: LOY-DeJesus, Dixon; AC-Geho 2, Schlee.
ASSISTS: LOY-Pietila; AC-Holy, Schlee, Landreth.
SAVES: LOY-Eckman 5; AC-Caulkins 7.
ST. JOE STAYS UNDEFEATED BEHIND LOUDEN’S HAT-TRICK
Mount St. Joseph improved to a perfect 5-0 in 2020 with a 5-0 win over home win over Archbishop Spalding, on Saturday.
Aidan Louden led the way with a hat-trick, while Shan Chung and Santiago Bosenberg each scored once. Van Danielson had two assists, while Chung, Tyquan Stroud and BP Sievers each had one assist.
MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 5, ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 0
AS 0 0 — 0
MSJ 2 3 — 5
GOALS: MSJ-Aidan Louden 3, Shan Chung, Santiago Bosenberg.
ASSISTS: Van Danielson 2, Chung Tyquan Stroud, BP Sievers.