Atholton (3-1-1) has to consider itself lucky to have come away with a 1-1 tie in double overtime against Loyola (5-2-1) yesterday.
A Loyola player kicked in Atholton's only goal with three minutes left in the first half, giving the Raiders a 1-0 lead at Loyola.
Atholton's Damian Kapcala received credit for the goal, as he made an impressive move between defenders after shaking off a third defender.
"I was trying to shoot, but one of their defenders tried to clear the ball and kicked it in," said Kapcala, who has five goals.
The accidental shot froze Loyola's outstanding goalkeeper, Brian Zeller, and the ball rolled inside the far post.
"I was wondering why our keeper reacted the way he did," said Loyola coach Jim Claborn, who didn't know until after the game that his player had kicked in the goal.
"Loyola played well in the first half, especially in the last 20 minutes," Atholton coach Reg Hahne said.
"They're a pretty good team with a nice midfield and decent defense. Their sweeper had a great game."
That sweeper was Scott Diggs, a junior whose powerful kicks and good range thwarted Atholton several times.
He made one goal-saving block in the first half off a shot by Richard Buehler from in close.
Loyola put speedy Jude Agustin, its best marking back, on Kapcala. And Claborn was pleased with Agustin's performance.
Atholton tried repeatedly to score off long throws and corner kicks, especially in the second half.
"We must have had at least 10 opportunities," Hahne said. "But their goalkeeper did a good job coming out."
Claborn benched Zeller for the second half and started his second-string goalkeeper, Dom Latanzi.
"Zeller wasn't taking charge in the first half, and Latanzi hasn't had much playing time, so I thought this was a good chance to use him. He deserved a chance, and this game didn't mean much to us," Claborn said.
"It meant a lot more to Atholton because of their playoff system."
Claborn also played several other second-string players in the second half, including midfielders Tim Hahn and Dan Gohring.
Those two combined to score Loyola's tying goal in the 59th minute. Gohring made a long cross from the right sideline to the front of the goal where Hahn had beaten his defender.
Hahn kicked it in while Atholton goalkeeper Remington Stone watched helplessly.
Agustin headed away a potential Atholton goal in the 62nd minute. And Stone made the save of the game for Atholton on a diving move off a low shot in the 71st minute.
A shot by Ted Zingman was barely wide right for Atholton in the 79th minute. And Loyola almost scored in the final 30 seconds when Mike O'Malley's hard shot was saved by Stone.
Atholton had an excellent scoring opportunity early in the first five-minute overtime.
Latanzi had left the goal and was 16 yards out, and Buehler shot from 25 yards, but the ball sailed over the open net.