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Chowhdry's trick dazzles Dons, lifts No. 1 McDonogh


Three minutes into yesterday's game at McDonogh, the Eagles All-Metro striker Kaiser Chowhdry was tripped hard from behind by a Loyola defender while going to goal.

"I was only about 8 yards out and it upset me," Chowhdry said.

The senior finishing phenom got up, brushed himself off and then converted his penalty kick. And a 4-0 rout by No. 1-ranked McDonogh (8-1 overall, 3-0 league) was on. Loyola dropped to 7-2 overall and 3-1 in the league.

Chowhdry scored a hat trick, raising his season totals to 14 goals and nine assists.

"We finished well today. We had been looking forward to this game because Loyola beat us here last season and we wanted some revenge," Chowhdry said.

McDonogh dominated No. 5 Loyola yesterday with superior skill and speed and a zone defense keyed by Doug Kurz that made life easy for goalkeeper Joe Pietrapoli, who faced few dangerous threats.

"Kaiser is the one that makes things happen for us offensively," Eagles coach Steve Nichols said. "But Doug holds us together at the other end and rarely gets any credit for it."

McDonogh's second goal resulted from a defensive breakdown by Loyola in the 27th minute. Dons goalkeeper Steve Smith came far out and used his body for a horizontal block of Dan Levin's shot. But two Loyola defenders stood and watched as Kyle McHugh scored into an undefended net.

Smith made all 10 of his saves in that first half when McDonogh's shooting was on goal. In the second half, McDonogh took almost as many shots but their accuracy was off.

Chowhdry put the game away in the 47th minute with a goal from the left side off an assist by Lance Staib.

His final goal, a 50-yard breakaway in the 54th minute, was set up by a pass from Levin.

"They played beautiful soccer and won the midfield and we weren't on our game," Loyola coach Don Kraft said. "We've been hot, scoring four or five goals per game all year. This is just a bump in the road - one game out of 14 toward winning the MIAA title."

Mike Lookingland, Loyola's All-Metro sweeper, said: "They know how to play. We can't knock it around like they can. They played very well as a team."

Things don't get any easier for McDonogh. The Eagles face No. 2-ranked Mt. Hebron today at 11 a.m.

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