When the first half of yesterday's Calvert Hall-Mount St. Joseph soccer game ended in a scoreless tie, Cardinals senior Jeremy Baker was not worried about his team's chances in the second half.
"If we keep crossing it," Baker said during intermission, "we'll get a score sooner or later."
For No. 2 Calvert Hall, it turned out to be sooner, as senior TodPerkins' goal 4:32 into the second half started a rally that led the Cardinals (10-0-1) to a 5-1 win over the visiting Gaels (9-3-1).
Perkins' score, off a crossing pass from Gus Koukides, was thfirst of five Calvert Hall goals in a 12:41 span. Baker, Eric Branham, Jason Matthew and Leigh Jocelyn accounted for the other four goals.
"The first half was very even," said Mount St. Joseph coach Mike Dolan. "It looked like it would be a very close game. But in the second half they beat us to the ball.
"We're a better team than this. I seriously think that we can match up with [Calvert Hall] very well."
Steve Matcuk scored No. 9 Mount St. Joseph's only goal at 11:48 of the second half, after Calvert Hall coach Bill Karpovich had removed his starters. It was the first goal the Cardinals had surrendered to a state team this season.
New Jersey's Kearney, which lost to Calvert Hall, 4-1, is the only other team to score against the Cardinals.
"At halftime, 'Mr. Karp' gave his usual tirade," said Baker of his coach's speech at intermission. "We didn't change anything [in the second half]. We just played our game.
"It's the same inside-outside game [Karpovich] has been playing for 25 years, but it works."
One reason for the scoreless tie at halftime was both defenses were shadowing the opponent's stars.
Mount St. Joseph held Baker, who entered the game with 11 goals and four assists, to a break-away goal. And Matcuk, the area's leading scorer with 17 goals and 12 assists, was held scoreless until the game was out of reach.
"Home-field advantage is a big thing and we were up today," said Koukides, who finished with two assists. "When we're up, I think we can beat anyone."
Calvert Hall missed several opportunities to score in the first half. At 16:10, a Mount St. Joseph foul allowed the Cardinals to set up a play for Baker, but his shot was deflected wide right by Gaels goalie John Smith.
With 14:07 left in the half, Bates controlled the ball in the right corner, but his crossing pass sailed in front of the Mount St. Joseph goal untouched.