McDonogh keeps pace with Curley, 2-2; John Carroll girls gain 2nd win over McDonogh; Soccer roundup


On a day in which the chilly wind numbed the fingers of many in attendance, Curley's offensive intensity was hot and cold, while McDonogh's generally was heartwarming to its coach.

The end result was a 2-2 double-overtime tie between the third-ranked Friars and fourth-ranked Eagles in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference action at McDonogh.

Curley (17-1-3, 11-0-3) -- an earlier 1-0 winner against McDonogh -- already has clinched a No. 1 seed heading into next Wednesday's conference playoffs. But McDonogh (14-3-2, 8-3-2), which defeated Curley for last year's league title after losing both regular-season games, can earn a No. 2 seed with a win or a tie against 15th-ranked Mount St. Joseph on Saturday.

"We could have won this game, 3-1 or 4-1, if we converted the breakaways or some of the other chances," said McDonogh coach Steve Nichols, who now has an 11-day old son, George Steven. "We only start two seniors, and we're getting better and better. I think we're peaking."

All-Metro Kaiser Chowdhry, assisted by Seth Franz and Dan Levin, respectively, scored both goals for McDonogh, which has been on a roll since a 2-3-1 start.

Down 1-0 with 28 minutes left in regulation, Chowdhry tied the game with his header. The sequence began with a shot by Franz that was tipped away by keeper Adam Jackson (11 saves). Chowdhry headed in the rebound before Jackson could recover.

Chowdhry struck again with 8: 27 left in the second two-minute overtime period, chest-settling a pass from Levin before slipping his 4-yard shot between reserve keeper C. J. Nichols and the near post.

But the Friars made it 2-2 less than a minute later, as Santino Quaranta completed a three-pass relay, the last one coming from Matt Moneymaker, by one-timing an 18-yard blast past Cam Thompson (10 saves).

"I flicked it to about the 18, then I turned and shot it," Quaranta said.

Curley's George Bakoulos, who gave his team a 1-0 lead six minutes into the game, was prevented from scoring the potential game-winner by Thompson with about three minutes left in regulation.

-- Lem Satterfield

Girls soccer

John Carroll 1, McDonogh 0: Having beaten McDonogh early in the season, No. 1 John Carroll knew the No. 3 Eagles would be gunning for revenge yesterday. The Patriots' defense was ready.

Led by sweeper Morgan Russell and back Shannon Seipp, the Patriots became the first local team in four years to shut out the Eagles, winning on Erica Korecky's first-half goal.

With the victory, the host Patriots (16-1-1, 10-0-1 league) held onto first place in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Division. The Eagles, who lost, 3-2, to John Carroll in their season-opening tournament, dropped to 14-5 and 9-1.

The Patriots' defense -- Russell, Seipp, Megan Sparks and Kerry VanShura -- limited the Eagles' high-powered offense to few opportunities. Although the Eagles took nine shots, most were from far out and only a couple even challenged keeper Maggie Pyzik, who saved all nine.

Freshman back Seipp shut down Eagles All-Metro striker Lisa Zanti, who has 20 goals and 15 assists this season. She didn't give Zanti a single open shot.

"She's fast and very skilled," said Seipp, "so I just had to play smart. I couldn't make any stupid mistakes because she's got a great shot."

The Eagles never adjusted to the Patriots' smaller field and never showed any offensive rhythm.

"All three of the players up top we were really selfish, including me," said Zanti. "We weren't looking to use each other as teammates. We're usually all like a family, but we didn't play like we even knew each other today."

The Patriots, however, did use teamwork and it paid off with Korecky's goal in the 14th minute.

VanShura set up the goal, bringing the ball up the middle while Korecky moved left. As the ball came to Korecky, Eagles goalie Mariel Wilner tried to get there first. Wilner slid toward the ball and Korecky booted it over her into the net.

"Beating them twice is wonderful," said Korecky, a senior. "It was great today, because this was the seniors' last day to play on our home field. It's nice beating them on our home field."

-- Kathy Dunn

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