River Hill vs Archbishop Curley

River Hill's Xavier Quintero (center) tries to flick the ball into the goal past the Archbishop Curley backline, including defender Michael Monroe (left) and goalie Jake Ossie (right). Curley went on to win the game Tuesday, 2-0. (Jen Rynda, Patuxent Publishing / September 3, 2012)

River Hill coach Matt Shagogue has been around long enough to know not to put too much stock in early season results.

That's why, as his Hawks walked off the field Tuesday evening after a 2-0 loss to visiting Archbishop Spalding, Shagogue implored his young group to keep their heads up.

"I'm hoping the kids aren't terribly disappointed after this one because I thought we did some really good things," River Hill coach Matt Shagogue said. "You never want to lose, but it's a good barometer for us. I'm not sure we're going to see anyone too much better than that this year.

"And you know, this wasn't one of those 2-0 games where we got handled. I felt like we were right there."


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River Hill actually ended up outshooting Curley, which came into the day ranked No. 3 in the area by the Baltimore Sun, by a 15-13 margin and generated six more corner kicks than the visiting Friars.

The problem was that for every quality chance the Hawks produced, Curley goalie Jake Ossie had an answer.

The senior, who finished with 10 saves, made a leaping stop on a hard shot by River Hill freshman Donovan Pines in the game's third minute and never slowed down en route to securing the shutout.

"As soon as I made that save it put me in that mindset where I knew this was going to be a good game for me," Ossie said. "I felt like I was in the zone after that. I was seeing the ball really good and my reaction was really good today."

Over the course of the game's 80 minutes, Ossie punched away two balls that appeared headed toward the upper corner of the net and stopped another three point-blank attempts. Jake Turney, Zach Riso and Mike Heitzmann all had quality chances thwarted.

"A couple of those saves, they would have made (Sportscenter's) Top 10," Shagogue said. "I haven't seen that many saves like that in years."

And while River Hill struggled to finish, Curley took advantage of its opportunities.

Midway through the first half, Tre Pulliam got Curley on the board when he tracked down a ball on the right side, dribbled toward goal and then finished just inside the far post. Then, early in the second half, the Friars extended the lead to two when Eric Spalt finished a ball in front off a feed from Dino Gizzi.

Curley improved to 2-1 on the season with the victory, while River Hill dropped to 1-1.

Curley 2, River Hill 0

Goals: C - Pulliam, Spalt.

Assist: C - Gizzi.

Saves: C - Ossie 9; RH - Potts 4.

Half: 1-0 C.

Other scores:

Mt. Hebron 2, Fallston 1