The Mount St. Joseph boys soccer team has long been known for its efficiency on set plays.
Sure enough, two direct kicks during the first half against Archbishop Curley came in handy for the No. 9 Gaels yesterday in a game at UMBC Stadium.
Junior midfielder Geaton Caltabiano was behind the ball for both finishes, leading the Gaels to a 3-0 victory over the No. 6 Friars.
Mount St. Joseph (7-5-1) improved to 6-4 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference, dropping Archbishop Curley (7-6) to 4-5 in league play.
Caltabiano's first goal was a hard knuckler from 25 yards over the wall and off Archbishop Curley goalkeeper John Connolly 20 minutes in.
His second was an intended cross at the edge of the penalty area that found its way inside the far post.
His coach said the goals were a combination of hard work and good fortune.
"Geaton is always staying after practice and putting the time in to work on his shot. It pays off. You never know when it's going to pay off, but it did today," Mount St. Joseph coach Mike St. Martin said.
Solid defense throughout from Jon Stephenson, Kevin Gorman and Brennan Orsulak kept the Friars quiet, and a second-half goal from David Arnold secured the win for the Gaels.
Junior keeper Brad Benzing finished with five saves before freshman Cody Niedermeier came in and turned back two to preserve the shutout.