Alexan­der halts Ea­gles rally, scores win­ning goal in over­time

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Glenn Gra­ham glenn.gra­ham@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/Glen­nGra­hamSun

Ev­ery soc­cer coach from the Mary­land In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion A Con­fer­ence will say noth­ing comes easy in the area’s deep­est league. Calvert Hall can at­test.

At home and seem­ingly in con­trol with a late two-goal lead against de­fend­ing cham­pion McDonogh, the No. 1 Car­di­nals ended up need­ing an over­time goal from se­nior for­ward Ben Alexan­der to es­cape with a thrilling 3-2 win over the No. 4 Ea­gles.

Ja­cob Stein­berg and Ai­dan Welsh scored three min­utes apart for the Ea­gles, the ty­ing goal com­ing with 5:15 left in reg­u­la­tion. The Car­di­nals re­grouped be­fore over­time, and Alexan­der one-timed a feed from Chris Carroll with 6:23 left in the first over­time pe­riod to pull out the vic­tory. Alexan­der had two goals, with Carroll as­sist­ing on both.

Calvert Hall im­proved to 4-0 over­all and 3-0 in the MIAA. McDonogh, with a cast largely dif­fer­ent from that of last year’s ti­tle team, fell to 2-2, 1-2.

“I like the way we re­sponded in over­time. We talked about fac­ing ad­ver­sity, and this was the first time we had to,” Calvert Hall coach Rich Zinkand said. Alexan­der and Carroll “have a nice con­nec­tion.”

The Car­di­nals con­trolled play for most of the first half. Af­ter they were un­able to fin­ish on a cou­ple of op­por­tu­ni­ties early, they scored the game’s first goal mid­way through the pe­riod, with ju­nior for­ward James Rosa pro­vid­ing the fin­ish. Se­nior Brady O’Con­nor made a strong run down the left side be­fore find­ing Rosa, who hit a heavy shot from 18 yards that McDonogh goalie William Lit­tle got his hands on but couldn’t keep out.

The Car­di­nals ap­peared to take hold of the game when Alexan­der scored his first goal with 13:30 to play. But McDonogh kept work­ing and got a goal back on Stein­berg’s tally be­fore Welsh fol­lowed up on Pa­trick Brun­didge’s shot with five-plus min­utes left.

“The sec­ond half, we came out and looked like a dif­fer­ent team,” McDonogh coach Bran­don Quar­anta said. “Even though they got the sec­ond goal, I thought we were play­ing well, and then we showed good fight in the last eight min­utes to equal­ize against a team that could have eas­ily put us away.”

STEVE RUARK/BAL­TI­MORE SUN ME­DIA GROUP

Calvert Hall’s Chris Carroll, left, and Jared Moses of McDonogh bat­tle for the ball in the first half. Carroll had two as­sists, in­clud­ing one on the game-win­ner in over­time.

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