Playing its third game of the week, No. 3 McDonogh took a more pressure-free approach into yesterday's non-league contest against No. 15 C. Milton Wright. And it showed.
With an overwhelming advantage in both size and skill, the Eagles (5-0) dominated play and easily limited the Mustangs' scoring chances on the way to a 3-0 victory at McDonogh.
For C.M. Wright (1-2), trying to rebound from the loss of its entire starting team from a year ago, the effort was there, yet the Mustangs were often tentative on defense and struggled offensively to get the ball within 25 yards of McDonogh's goal.
Senior forward David Buehler scored the first of his two goals for McDonogh 10 minutes into the first half, converting off a corner kick from Vinnie Ciarpella. Eleven minutes later, Buehler was unmarked in front of the goal and took a touch pass from Bob Cherneski and beat C.M. Wright goalie Eric Blom (four saves) for his second goal and a 2-0 Eagles lead.
"We didn't know what to expect from them, but no matter what, we come out hard every game," said Buehler, who leads the Eagles with seven goals.
Sophomore Jon Cole finished the scoring in the 60th minute with a header off a terrific corner kick by Ben Salsbury.
Meanwhile, the Mustangs' only good chance to score came late in the second half. Ryan Nelson's hard shot was deflected by the diving Eagles goalkeeper Ben Benson, and Matt Le Maire's follow was kicked away from an open net by Ciarpella.
"We just wanted to come out and play like we can, instead of worrying about who we were playing," Nelson said. "But we got a little frustrated after they scored and tried to beat people off the ball."
Both teams got very physical near the end of the first half and into the second. Salsbury and Cole each received yellow cards, as did Andy Haynes for C.M. Wright.
"I didn't think they [C.M. Wright] played that way," said Bill Seal, McDonogh's coach. "But at halftime we said to just go out and play our game and not worry about what they we doing."
McDonogh missed several opportunities to score even more.
Jesse Fioranelli's header went wide left in the first half, then Pablo Webster hammered a loose ball high over the goal. And in the second half, Haroki Kawase had a goal nullified because of a Mustangs' penalty and Buehler's chance for a hat trick was lost when he missed badly on a free kick.
Pub Date: 9/22/96