Calvert Hall soccer players Jeremy Baker and Mike Dempsey agree: Never underestimate home-field advantage.
The senior strikers attributed Tuesday's scoreless tie with 12th-ranked Division I rival John Carroll to having to play the Patriots' game on a narrow, shorter field.
But in yesterday's 4-0 victory over visiting Gilman, the No. 2-ranked Cardinals scored three second-half goals while enjoying advantages in shots (16-7) and corner kicks (4-0).
The win was the Cardinals' 10th shutout of the season, bringing them closer to the school mark for shutouts (13) and raising their record to 10-0-1 overall (7-0-1 against Division I Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference opponents).
"On our wider field, we can just stay calm, get it outside and then cross it in," said Baker, who raised his team-high totals to 11 goals and four assists with two goals and an assist. "There's no doubt, when we do that, we're going to score goals."
The Cardinals, who have outscored their opponents, 34-1, escaped with a 1-0 victory in their earlier meeting at Gilman (7-4-1, 5-3-1).
"They have a shorter field like John Carroll and they play the same way as John Carroll, but coach told us not to get caught up in their game," said Dempsey, who scored the Cardinals' final goal.