McDonogh's Bobby Landolt thought about passing up the opportunity, but this time being selfish was the way to go.
With 1:15 left in the first half, the senior midfielder slammed a 21-yard direct kick past a wall of Curley players and inside the lower corner of the near post.
"I was going to play it to someone else coming through, but I decided to go for it," said Landolt, whose goal for a 1-0 win ended Curley's 36-0-2 home unbeaten soccer streak and extended McDonogh's to five games.
It also brought the No. 5 Eagles (10-2, 9-2) within a game of the No. 4 Friars (8-2-1, 8-2-1), losers of two straight, in their quest for the top seed in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference playoffs.
Keeper Brad Bush (11 saves) kept McDonogh off the board early, tipping Dave Koloski's shot over the crossbar, and cradling Cap Poklemba's at a severe angle.
Curley, last year's runner-up, must play defending champ Calvert Hall among its three remaining regular-season games. Both ties in the streak were scoreless games with Calvert Hall -- the latest two weeks ago.
"I'm concerned that we've only scored a goal in two games, but I can't fault today's play," said ninth-year coach Pep Perrella, whose Friars came off a 3-1 loss to unranked John Carroll. "They beat us by playing a super first half, but we won the second half."
Credit defender Mike Dubansky for holding All-Metro striker Giuliano Celenza (14 goals, seven assists) scoreless for the third time this year.
But Celenza had five quality chances, four in the second half when he played in the midfield with three of those being off direct kicks. Celenza gained a step on Dubansky once, but keeper Matt Barr (six saves) smothered the ball four yards away. "I got sloppy in the second half," Dubansky said, "But he never scored."
The Eagles have scored 12 goals in their last three games. But with No. 6 Calvert Hall, looming on Friday, 22nd-year coach Bill Seal downplayed the victory, citing an earlier loss to Gilman two days after McDonogh's first-ever victory over Calvert Hall.
"Whenever you beat a team like Curley at home, you've got to be proud," Seal said. "We're kind of young, but we're coming around."
* Calvert Hall 2, John Carroll 0: Ryan Tolson and Tim Gober scored goals as Calvert Hall (10-3-1, 7-3-1) shut out host John Carroll (6-6-2, 4-6-2).
* North Harford 1, C. Milton Wright 0: Suzanne Eyler scored the game-winner in the first half as visiting unranked North Harford (7-2-1) edged No. 2 C. Milton Wright (9-2). The Mustangs lost to No. 1 Fallston by a goal Monday.
* Fallston 6, Bel Air 0: Fallston (11-0, 6-0), ranked No. 1 in the area and No. 6 nationally, made quick work of visiting Bel Air (8-3, 5-1), scoring three times during a three-minute span inside of the opening 15 minutes to win their 28th straight game.
Fallston 2, Bel Air 0: Sophomores Danielle Marconi and Carrie Wirth scored for No. 2 Fallston (11-0, 7-0), as it ran its two-year unbeaten string to 27 and stretched its season's goal margin to 27-0. Bel Air fell to 5-4-1, 2-3.