With his back to the goal, Brett St. Martin scored a goal with a flick off the top of his head to give No. 4 Mount Saint Joseph a 1-0 win over visiting No. 1 Calvert Hall on Wednesday in soccer. The Gaels improved to 4-1-1 and 4-1-1 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. The Cardinals fell to 6-2 and 5-2.
St. Martin's second goal of the season came after Ian Reger's free kick from 50 yards out eight minutes into the second half.
"I saw the keeper coming out behind me and I just flicked it on and it hit the back of the net," St. Martin said.
The junior defender must have absorbed the halftime words of his father, Gaels coach Mike St. Martin.
"We talked about it at halftime: It doesn't have to be a lot of the ball, it just has to be something to redirect it," Mike St. Martin said. "Sometimes halftime speeches work and sometimes you look good and sometimes you don't."
Calvert Hall stepped up the pressure in the second half, with the best chance coming on a hard shot from 7 yards out by Brady O'Connor with 9:36 left, but that was saved by goalie Nick DeShong.
"My four backs never came out of the game," St. Martin said.
Calvert Hall coach Rick Zinkand knew his attack needed to finish.
"We got a little frustrated, but these games turn out to who makes the plays," Zinkand said. "St. Joe made a play and we just didn't get one today.
"We knew they were a good team coming in and it's always a tough place to play. We just didn't capitalize on a couple chances today."
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No. 2 Archbishop Curley 6, Archbishop Spalding 0: Matt Brummet had two goals and two assists to lead the host Friars (7-1-2, 4-1-1 MIAA A Conference) past the Cavaliers (1-7. 0-5).
Gilman 2, No. 3 McDonogh 0: Braeden Alevizatos scored with five minutes left in the first half and Tyler Martinez added the insurance goal with 17 minutes left in the game.
The Greyhounds improved to 3-3-1 and 2-3-1 in the MIAA A Conference and the host Eagles fell to 5-3 and 3-3.
No. 8 Loyola Blakefield 2, St.Paul's 0: Marcei Desormeaux had a goal and an assist and Chris Karpovich made two saves as the host Dons (3-3, 3-3 MIAA A Conference) shut out the Crusaders (1-5, 1-5).
Eastern Tech 3, Hereford 2, 2OT: Sam Hatoff scored the game-winner assisted by Isaac Ngobu 11/2 minutes into the second overtime to lift the Mavericks (5-2) over the host Bulls (3-4).
Hereford forced overtime with four minutes left in regulation.
Annapolis Area Christian 2, St. Mary's 1: Justin Alford scored early in the first half, Jair Samuel early in the second, and Nick Lloyd made it stand up by making nine saves, including a penalty-kick stop with 25 minutes to play, as the visiting Eagles (3-5-1, 2-3 MIAA B Conference) held off the Saints (2-6, 1-4).
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No. 7 Perry Hall 3, Catonsville 1: Rachel Bohli scored twice to lead the host Gators (6-2) past the Comets (2-5).
Patterson Mill 5, Rising Sun 0: Molly Egan scored twice to lead the Huskies (2-5) to a victory over the host Tigers (2-3).
St. Mary's 1, Roland Park 1, OT: Gabby Biondi scored for the host Saints (2-2-1, 1-2-1 Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference) and Catherine Knipp scored for the Reds (3-4-1, 0-3-1).
Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.