Calvert Hall senior forward Joe Jones has had his share of moments on the soccer field, but nothing to compare with the five minutes he enjoyed midway through the second half yesterday against No. 1 McDonogh.
With the No. 5 Cardinals down a goal and still trying to figure out the Eagles' defense, Jones placed a perfect short cross to the near post for fellow senior Christian Barreiro, who volleyed home the tying goal from 6 yards.
Five minutes later, Jones unleashed a shot from 20 yards that found the back of the net after going off McDonogh goalkeeper Tom Caso, who had come out of the goal.
Jones' game-winner - coming in the 64th minute - gave the young Cardinals' a 2-1 win over the visiting Eagles. Calvert Hall (4-2) improved to 3-0 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference, while McDonogh - which played without its top striker, Chris Agorsor (hip injury), fell to 7-1-1 overall and 2-1-1 in league play.
"We just worked hard as a team and were able to come back from the one-goal deficit - tackling hard, passing the ball around," said Jones, whose game-winner was his first goal of the season.
The Eagles took a 1-0 lead on a goal from Mamadou Kansaye in the 16th minute and protected the lead until the Cardinals finally found a crack in the defense.
"When you play against a very good team that is well organized, it takes something spectacular. And both those goals were highlight-reel goals," Cardinals coach Andy Moore said.
Moore said the win would go a long way in molding the young team.
"It's huge. ... I have 15 or 16 guys on this team that didn't play varsity, and this kind of win is unbelievable for building up our confidence," he said.
McDonogh coach Steve Nichols said the game-winning goal showed who wanted the game more.
"They beat us to every 50-50 ball, they won every tackle. They high pressured us and did the things needed to win the game," Nichols said.