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No. 1 McDonogh rolls past No. 10 Loyola, 3-0, for spot in MIAA 'A' boys soccer final

The McDonogh boys soccer team put together a complete 80 minutes Thursday, something that has become the norm in the latter part of the season.

This time, the No. 1 Eagles controlled visiting Loyola Blakefield, and their reward was a 3-0 win and trip to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship game.

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McDonogh (19-2) will meet No. 6 Mount Saint Joseph, which defeated No. 2 Archbishop Curley on penalty kicks in the other semifinal, at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Anne Arundel Community College.

The Eagles have won seven straight games and 12 of their past 13 with their only loss in that span coming against the Dons, 3-1, on Oct. 6. On Thursday, they were determined to have a different outcome.

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"We've been playing well. We've been controlling the game, good possession, we've been creating a lot of chances, and when the time comes, we know we just have to finish," said McDonogh's Andrew Privett, who opened the scoring in the 12th minute. "If that can carry over into Sunday, hopefully we can win the championship."

The Eagles were fast to the ball from the start and Privett capitalized when he scored on a left-footed strike from the left side off a feed from Casey Settleman.

The Dons (12-8-1) appeared to settle in just past the midway point of the first half with Julian Schmugge getting a clean shot off that McDonogh goalkeeper Kieran Baskett saved with 14:11 to play. But the Eagles were able to pull away when Aidan Welsh finished from in close on the right side for a 2-0 advantage with 5:51 left in the half.

The Eagles defense, led by senior Jayson Cyrus, didn't let the Dons get back in the game. Kyle Brown closed the scoring on Settleman's second assist with 19:43 to play.

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Cyrus said the Eagles had added motivation after that home loss to the Dons in early October.

"The biggest issue last game was the energy. Today, we brought a lot of energy from the disrespect they had the last game, putting their flag on our 'M' [in the middle of the field], and we took that personal," he said. "So today, we wanted our revenge and came out firing on all cylinders."

McDonogh won both games against Mount Saint Joseph in the regular season, beating the Gaels 2-0 at home on Sept. 22 and claiming a 2-1 road win Oct. 20.

No. 6 Mount Saint Joseph 2, No. 2 Archbishop Curley 1 (PKs, 5-4): Toth Hayden scored the game-winning penalty kick to lift the Gaels (15-5-1) over the host Friars (18-3-1) in an MIAA A Conference semifinal.

The Gaels are the A Conference's highest scoring team with 98 goals this season.

Mount Saint Joseph's Diego Guerrero scored seven minutes into the game for a 1-0 lead. Curley's Tommy Sidleck tied the score 20 minutes into the second half.

McDonogh 3, Loyola Blakefield 0

Goals: M — Privett, Welsh, Brown. Assists: M — Settleman 2. Saves: LB — Milmoe 5; M — Baskett 1. Half: M, 2-0

No. 6 Mount Saint Joseph 1, No. 2 Archbishop Curley 1, 2OT

(MSJ won, 5-4, on penalty kicks)

Goals: MSJ—Guerrero; C—Sidleck. Saves: MSJ—Carey 7; C—Wdzieczkowski 5. Half: MSJ, 1-0.

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