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.
Bakoulos did beat Thompson, earlier, however, heading in the the Friars' second shot of the game off a pass from Brandon Quaranta from 6 yards out.
Bakoulos nearly gave his squad a two-goal lead moments later, but his header, off a pass from Marco Angelini, sailed over the goal.
Chowdhry was twice thwarted, one-on-one by Jackson, the latter causing a collision that resulted in injuries to Jackson's right arm and fingers. Chowdhry was yellow-carded, and Jackson left the game with about 11 minutes left, being replaced by C. J. Nichols.
A near-score by Chowdhry midway through the first half ignited McDonogh's offense, which took 13 of the next 15 shots during a span in which Jackson had 10 saves.
"Being so close to the playoffs, I'm glad we got the tie. They have a big field here, and that makes Kaiser tough to contain," said Curley coach Pep Perrella. "I put Dale Roth on him to deny him the ball, but that took something away from our offensive flow."
Pub Date: 10/28/99