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Friends rough, but Curley ready, 3-0


If you ask Curley striker Antonio Celenza, there's sometimes a price to be paid for being a good soccer player.

Celenza scored the Friars' second goal in yesterday's 3-0 victory -- his 14th goal of the season -- as fourth-ranked Curley (13-1, 12-0) blanked Division II rival Friends (9-6-1, 4-6).

Greg Loftus, who scored the Friars' final goal 13 minutes into the second half, also assisted on the first goal, Mike Gizzi's ninth, 18 minutes into the game.

The Friars earned their 10th shutout in dominant fashion, holding a 25-12 shots-on-goal advantage, including 16-4 in the second half, against its Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference nemesis.

But the game was a physical one, including two yellow cards doled out to Friends players, and Celenza deemed the visitors worthy of another name besides Friends.

"Hackers, that's what I call them," said Celenza, who spent most of the day fending off the Quakers' Kajana Mack.

"They're a physical team, yes, but I don't fault them for it," said Curley coach Pep Perella, whose sophomore striker Steve Ball left the game with a twisted knee after a collision just before halftime.

"They don't match up with our skill level, so they did the best they could."

Brian Hamilton received a yellow card in the second half for an errant kick that caused Curley stopper Chris Ivins to briefly double over in pain and Mack was yellow-carded after a tussle with Celenza late in the game.

"If there was any fouling, I think it was mutual. They were both trying to gain position," said Friends coach Pete DeSchmidt. "[Celenza] has to expect people to mark him, and I thought Kajana stuck with him pretty good."

Gizzi put Curley ahead, 1-0, after getting a pass at the top of the penalty area to the left of keeper Jamie Johnston (seven saves), dribbling twice, and curling his left-footed shot into the far corner to Johnston's right.

"There was a guy on my back," said Gizzi. "But until then, they just watched me dribble in."

Just 10 minutes later, Giorgio Szabo's shot bounced off the cross bar, and Celenza shook Mack long enough to place the rebound low, and again to the right of Johnston.

"The guy [Mack] was all over me, running his mouth, giving me cheap shots from behind," said Celenza. "But I just shook it off."

Next up for the Friars is Division I contender Gilman (8-3-2) tomorrow. The Greyhounds are coming off of an upset victory over No. 8 John Carroll.

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