One of the biggest games in area high school soccer will take place at Curley tomorrow between perennial Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference powers Curley and Calvert Hall.
Seventh-ranked Calvert Hall, struggling at 5-3 and on a three-game losing skid for the first time in the 29-year career of coach Bill Karpovich, visits rival Curley, ranked No. 2 at 6-0 and defending a 36-0-1 home unbeaten streak.
The teams were 1-1-1 head-to-head last year: Curley won the first game, 2-1, the second was a scoreless tie, and the third was Calvert Hall's 1-0 title-game victory.
The Cardinals' losing skein belies their tournament dominance. They have won 17 MIAA or Maryland Scholastic Association tournament crowns and been in every championship game except in 1989. That year, Calvert Hall (2-3 league) was beaten in the semifinals by eventual runner-up Loyola.
Curley (5-0 league), a 3-2 title-game winner over the Cardinals in 1993, has reached the semifinals in four other seasons under ninth-year coach Pep Perrella.
Yesterday's 7-0 victory over Eastern Tech was the 100th career win for Overlea boys soccer coach Doug Eisenhauer (100-45-8).
Down, but not out
Loyola's football team is struggling at 0-3, but has lost to extremely difficult opponents.
The Dons dropped one-point losses by 9-8 to Gonzaga, ranked as high as No. 11 in The Washington Post, and by 7-6, to C. Milton Wright, ranked No. 4 in The Baltimore Sun.
Last weekend, Loyola was beaten, 19-8, by Malvern Prep, Philadelphia's No. 1 team according to The Daily News.
"The teams that we've played are about a combined 10 or 11-1, but these were the ones that had open dates to match ours," said Loyola coach Joe Brune, who is 172-117-1 over 28 seasons.
"I don't think we were as sharp Saturday [against Malvern] as we've been in the past. We've got some very good individuals, but our entire offensive line is new and our quarterback is a sophomore."
The Dons still are a formidable opponent not to be overlooked by any local team, especially with tight ends Arthur Price (6-foot-5, 205 pounds), Todd Pivec (6-3, 225) and Ryan Burch (6-5, 245).
And Friday night's league-opener at St. Mary's -- a 26-12 loser to top-ranked Mount St. Joseph last weekend -- should be a good indicator.
"I think our kids know we're better than our record," Brune said.
Up against it
Gilman, last year's MIAA co-champ with Mount St. Joseph, has gone 0-3 since being ranked No. 6 in The Baltimore Sun's preseason football poll.
And its losses to Boys' Latin, Bladensburg and Poly have produced the worst start in more than 30 years, according to 15th-year coach Sherm Bristow, a 1967 Gilman grad and former quarterback.
Now for the tough part of the schedule: Ninth-ranked City, No. 1 Mount St. Joseph and Loyola, perhaps the state's best winless team.
Punt, pass, kick
Perry Hall's football team is struggling at 2-2, but senior Kevin Znamirowski is the area's top passer and punter. Znamirowski has completed 53 of 86 pass attempts for 830 yards and nine touchdowns and has punted six times for an average of 39.5 yards.
Mervo's senior defensive back Dante Briley has the hot hand with five interceptions for the 2-2 Mustangs, ranking second in the area behind No. 5 Arundel's Mike McKnight (six).
Douglass JV needs games
Douglass' junior varsity football team needs official games from private schools, and scrimmage games from public schools.
For information, call athletic director David White at (410) 396-7824 or (410) 922-3431.