Calvert Hall shocked by Gilman, 3-2 Boys soccer


Junior forward Corey Pop- ham scored a goal and had an assist as unranked Gilman upset No. 1 Calvert Hall, 3-2, in a Maryland Scholastic Association Armstrong A Conference Division I boys soccer game yesterday at Gilman.

It was the first loss in 45 MSA A Conference games for the Cardinals (10-1-1), dating to 1989. Calvert Hall, which has won three consecutive MSA A Conference titles and seven of the past eight, defeated Gilman, 6-0, earlier this season.

"We just don't like playing on a wet field it seems," said Calvert Hall coach Bill Karpo- vich. "We have the right shoes, but we don't play well. Hopefully, we'll have sunny days for the rest of the season."

Said Gilman coach John Tucker: "I'm just happy for our kids because this is a win that they will treasure forever. Our kids went out and played aggressively and weren't intimidated from the opening whistle."

The Greyhounds (5-6-1, 4-5-1) took a 2-0 first-half advantage on goals by Popham and senior midfielder Mike Ruggles, assisted by freshman midfielder Adam Heaps.

The Cardinals closed to 2-1 with 1:03 left in the half on a goal by Eric Branham.

With 24 minutes left in regulation, senior forward Sebastian Jerez scored off an assist from Popham, increasing Gilman's advantage to 3-1.

Mike Lance pulled Calvert Hall to 3-2 with an unassisted goal with 19 minutes left, but that was end of the scoring.

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