Curley tops another No. 1 in soccer with 3-1 win over Calvert Hall

By Catholic Review Staff
For the second time in five days, the Archbishop Curley soccer team defended its home field in strong fashion Oct. 19, when the Friars recorded a 3-1 victory over rival Calvert Hall.
The Cardinals were the No. 1 team in The Sun rankings. Mount St. Joseph held the same position Oct. 15, when it lost in overtime at Curley, 2-1.
Seniors Dylan Poetzel, Dylan Holy and Brenden Hollingsworth scored goals that staked coach Barry Stitz’s Curley team to an early 3-0 lead on Calvert Hall, which had defeated the Friars 2-1 in the Bernie Reif Cup last month.
“This is a huge win for us,” Holy said. “We control our own destiny.” 

Archbishop Curley’s defensive wall succeeds in blocking a direct kick from Calvert Hall’s James Rosa during a late afternoon match at Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore Oct. 19. The second-ranked Curley Friars were victorious over the top-ranked Calvert Hall Cardinals 3-1.  (Kevin J. Parks/CR Staff)

Curley improved to 14-3-2 overall, 9-2-1 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference, as it repeats the kind of late-season surge that took the Friars to the 2015 conference championship game, where they lost 2-1 to McDonogh.
Curley still has four conference games remaining, including two against surging Gilman.
Calvert Hall, which got a goal from Ben Alexander in the closing minutes, dropped to 12-3-2 overall, 10-3-1 in the A Conference. In another A Conference game Oct. 19, Mount St. Joseph tied Gilman 1-1, leaving the Gaels at 10-2-2 overall, 9-2-2 in the conference.
The top two teams in the conference receive first-round byes in the playoffs, and then host semifinal games Nov. 3. The A Conference championship game will be played Nov. 6, at the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County.

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