Mount St. Joseph soccer coach Mike Dolan had his back yard come to his home field yesterday, as the Gaels shut out Liberty, 2-0, yesterday at Xaverian Field, the Lions' first loss of the season.
"We played well today. The major difference is in the first half we had a better start than they did," said Dolan, a Carroll County resident whose son attends Liberty High.
Liberty coach Lee Kestler said: "My kids knew that it was their homecoming, I didn't know that it was, and that made them want to play on a higher level to show they could play with them. I thought we played a very good game. The only thing we didn't do was finish.
"I thought we won more balls, more 50-50 balls and we knew we could play well in the air."
With a 1-0 lead at the half, Mount St. Joseph's Ken Angelof scored off an assist from Maury LaPointe at the 45-minute mark.
Even though Angelof landed in the goal before his kick, the goal was enough insurance for the Gaels to ward off a possible tie.
"It was all Maury's work," said Angelof. "I saw [the pass] as I was swinging and a defender tripped me. As I went down, I hit it and it went in."
Junior Steve Matcuk headed in the Gaels' first goal off a pass from Sean Gaiser 15 minutes into the first half.
Goalkeeper John Smith recorded six saves for the Gaels, and Greg Schad had nine for the Lions.
"The challenge is always for us, being a public school against a private school," Kestler said.
The Gaels (8-1) lead the four-year series with the Lions, 3-1.
Dolan said: "I always thank them [my team] profusely [for the win against his neighborhood school]. It makes it able for me to live up there another year."
* Loyola 2, Oakland Mills 1: George Perdikakis and Luke Golueke scored in the second half to lift host Loyola. Brent Mascott scored for Oakland Mills (3-1).
* Curley 4, Georgetown Prep 0: Anthony Celenza scored three goals and Steven Ball added a goal and an assist as Archbishop Curley shut out Georgetown Prep at the Loyola Invitational.
* Calvert Hall 4, Kearney 1: Jeremy Baker led all scorers with two goals and Jason Matthew added a goal and an assist, as the Cardinals (7-0) beat perennial New Jersey power Kearney at the Loyola Invitational. Goalkeeper Eric Blunt gave up his first goal of the year.
* C.M. Wright 3, York (Pa.) Suburban 1: Ryan Strausburg, Chris LeBarron and Rob Greveris each scored one goal, as C. Milton Wright (4-1) defeated host York Suburban (8-5).
* Glenelg 3, Spalding 1: Renard Brown scored two goals in the second half to lead visiting Glenelg (3-0) over Archbishop Spalding (1-6-1).