The dominating play was there from the onset, but Calvert Hall had to wait until the second half for the goals to come at the Severna Park Boys Soccer Tournament last night.
Junior Ryan Callahan scored in the 45th minute, and Sid Blevins added a second goal three minutes later as the No. 3-ranked Cardinals posted a well-earned 2-0 win over the No. 5 Falcons.
Calvert Hall improved to 5-0 on the season and will play its third game in as many days today, taking on South River at 5:15 p.m. in the tournament's second day.
Severna Park, which will meet Archbishop Spalding at 7:15 p.m., fell to 2-1 on the season.
Chance after chance went for naught in the first 47 minutes for the Cardinals until Callahan finished a feed from Brett Pearman for the 1-0 lead.
"It was relieving," said Callahan.
Added relief came three minutes later, when Blevins found space on the right side and was able to sneak one past Severna Park goalkeeper Scott McGuire at the near post. It was more than enough of a reward for the Cardinals, who dominated possession most of the time and when they didn't, were quick to close in on the Falcons.
"When we take care of the ball and possess it, that's when we can take over games, and then it's just a matter of finishing," said Calvert Hall coach Andy Moore. "We came out for the second half, and our guys were eager to finish to make the scoreboard reflect what was going on."
The Cardinals got a strong performance from senior defender Will Bach, who was on every ball down the right wing and added a number of scoring opportunities with a dangerous long throw-in.
McGuire played a big role in keeping the game scoreless at the half with five of his seven saves coming in the first 40 minutes.
Archbishop Spalding 2, South River 0: Scoreless at the half, the Cavaliers got the game-winner from sophomore Justin Turco in the 53rd minute and added a late insurance goal from Gary Decker to get past the Seahawks in the tournament opener.
Turco collected a ball from Brian Barry inside the penalty area, created space between a defender and then found the lower-left corner for his fifth goal in five games as Spalding improved to 3-2.
Spalding coach Ed Kestler was pleased with his group's second-half response and Turco's work in the penalty area.
"At halftime, we just talked about refocusing and stepping it up a notch," he said. "Justin is very quick, as you could see, and he was very determined. He held his ground, screened the ball well to keep his man off and create enough space to get the shot off."