Officially, there was no winner and no loser, but the post-game reactions told an entirely different story.
No. 13 Gilman's players were celebrating while No. 6 Archbishop Curley's were glum after the two schools fought to a 1-1 tie last night in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title game at UMBC.
"We feel like we lost," said Curley coach Pep Perrella. "We have trouble settling with that tie."
Both teams had major scoring opportunities through the final phases of regulation and two 10-minute overtimes, but couldn't break through.
Curley (12-3-2) had four consecutive corner kicks during one sequence, but the Greyhounds' defense repulsed every threat.
Overall, the Friars received seven corners after halftime.
Then, Friars' forward Guilliano Celenza -- who accounted for their goal only 3:18 into the game -- hit the crossbar with a scorching attempt, then the side post with another try in overtime.
"A half inch was the difference on the underside of the crossbar," said Perrella."
Gilman (12-6-3) had a breakaway bid by Brendon Callahan sail over the goal in the first overtime.
Curley's early goal seemed to provide a harbinger for a rout, but Perrella believed it may have worked against his team, which defeated Gilman twice, 5-1 and 2-0, during the regular season.
Going against a cold, stiff breeze, the Greyhounds tied the game at 29:21 with intense pressure on goal. Chris McLamb got the score out of a scramble in front of Curley tender Brad Bush.
The game then settled primarily into a defensive struggle until it opened up toward the end of regulation.