Things haven’t been going well for the Mount Saint Joseph soccer team the past couple weeks and the No. 8 Gaels were hoping a good home performance against No. 1 Archbishop Curley on Monday could provide a cure.
They got one.
After scoring three straight goals in the first half, Mount Saint Joseph answered the Friars’ second-half push to close out a reassuring 4-2 win in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference play in Irvington.
Freshman Tyquan Stroud scored two goals and senior captain Jordan Ehart had the opening goal and added an assist to spark the win. Mount Saint Joseph, which was upset by last-place Archbishop Spalding on Friday for its second straight loss, improved to 8-4 overall and 7-3 (21 points) and third place in the MIAA A. Curley, which beat the Gaels, 2-0, on Sept. 6, lost its first game to go to 10-1-1 overall and 8-1 (24 points) in league play.
“To get this one against a quality team is a big win for us and one that we needed. I was proud of the way the boys fought and came together,” Mount Saint Joseph coach Mike St. Martin said.
Ehart made a decisive run to the middle to get to and finish a long ball sent in by Dmitri Jordan in the 11th minute to set the positive tone. Stroud and fellow senior captain Tyler Collins scored three minutes apart in the closing minutes of the first half for the 3-0 halftime lead.
After Curley sophomore Tyler Harry made it 3-1 early in the second half, Ehart found Stroud for his second goal less than two minutes later to quickly restore order for the home team. With senior standout forward Jake Mazzei sidelined with a sore ankle, Stroud provided a needed spark in helping fill the scoring void.
“Ty is a special player and I thought it was a great ball by Jordan on that last goal to go with the great quality finish,” St. Martin said. “That’s another thing I was happy with, the way we responded after giving up that goal. It says a lot about the character of the team not giving up there, and I think that’s something we can defnitely build on moving forward.”
The Friars, who were coming off a 2-2 nonconference tie against C. Milton Wright on Friday, allowed only five goals in their 10-0 start and have now yielded six in two games. The loss moved them out of first place with McDonogh — a 6-3 winner over St. Paul’s on Monday — now 9-1 for 27 points. Senior Ben Stitz closed the scoring with 17 minutes left, but the Friars couldn’t get any closer.
“Just not sharp enough,” Curley coach Barry Stitz said. “At the end of the day, it just came down to this — it wasn’t tactics or talent — one team wanted the game more than the other team. You dig yourself a hole and it was too much to dig out of today.”
8 Mount Saint Joseph 4, 1 Archbishop Curley 2
Goals: C—Harry, Stitz; MSJ—Stroud 2, Ehart, Collins
Assists: MSJ—Ehart, Jordan, Reger, Sloop
Saves: AC—Wdzieczkowski 2; MSJ—Carey 2
Half: MSJ, 3-0