The scoring woes that plagued the Archbishop Curley soccer team earlier this season are now far in the past.
More proof came Saturday afternoon against Mount Saint Joseph when the No. 7 Friars poured in four goals in a little more than a half for a 4-2 victory.
After lightning suspended play on Sept. 6, the game picked up Saturday where it left off with 3:14 remaining in a scoreless first half. When play resumed, the Friars connected passes and buried chances for a home win over the Gaels.
Curley entered the week with five goals in four games, going 1-3 in the stretch. In three games last week, the offense produced 14.
After a confidence-building 7-0 win over John Carroll on Tuesday, the Friars scored three goals in a tough 4-3 overtime loss at McDonogh on Friday night.
The Friars, who got home from McDonogh around 10 p.m. Friday and returned to the field the next day at 1 p.m., showed resolve after the emotional loss.
Alex Martinex Herrero set the positive tone, dribbling through a couple defenders before scoring from 15 yards three minutes into the second half.
He would score twice, Jalen Anderson added a goal and an assist and Thunlwyn chipped in two assists as the Friars earned an important three points in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference play.
Curley is now 3-4 overall and 3-2 in the league with Mount Saint Joseph is 1-4-1 and 1-3-1.
“We came out and got the job done,” said Anderson, who scored the second goal with 22 minutes left to give the Friars the lead for good. “We were pretty tired last night because we played a lot of minutes in that game – double overtime. But after that loss we still had the fire in our hearts to come out here today hard and strong to get redemption.”
Both teams were hit hard by graduation from last year’s successful campaigns – the Friars mostly on offense and the Gaels mostly on the defensive side – and each are still working on playing a complete 80 minutes.
The Friars appear a little closer to getting there and, despite yielding two goals, they put in a gutsy and quality performance on limited rest.
“This was a really big win for us today,” Curley coach Barry Stitz said. “Coming off a late game last night and to have to come back today – I told them for an earlier season game this was a must-win situation. We showed we’ve got the offensive ability to constantly create goals and now we’re seemingly finishing them. It’s something we worked out and hope it continues.”
With two freshmen and six sophomore playing important minutes, the Gaels are learning on the go.
After surrendering the game’s first goal, they pieced together a nice tying goal by stringing passes forward to earn a corner kick and then capitalizing.
Van Danielson served the free kick to the near post for Miles Lam, who headed it inside the near post with 32:50 to play.
Anderson answered 10 minutes later – scoring off a feed from Garcia – and then Scott Giampi made it 3-1 with 15:59 left.
The Gaels kept working, pulling within 3-2 with 3:40 to play before Martinez Herrero closed the scoring in the final minute.
Mount Saint Joseph coach Mike St. Martin is seeing good stretches of offense and responsible defense, but the Gaels are still looking for that complete 80 minutes of consistent soccer.
“We’re going to have some growing pains, but my message is we have to stay together and stay positive because as the year goes on we’ll contnue to get better and better,” he said.
9 Curley 4, Mount Saint Joseph 2
Goals: MSJ – Lam, DiPino; C – Martinez Herrero 2, Anderson, Giampa. Asssists: MSJ – Danielson, Crabbs; C – Anderson, Garcia 2. Half: 0-0