Cardinals, ’Hounds end tense game with tie
Gilman comes back from 2-0 deficit against one of the area’s elite programs
“I am disappointed, but at the same time, it’s never easy playing over here at Gilman.”
No one was that happy after No. 2 Calvert Hall and No. 12 Gilman battled to a 2-2 tie Friday in a tense Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference boys soccer game.
The visiting Cardinals trudged off the field unhappily, and the host Greyhounds silently walked into a team meeting after 80 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods.
“I am disappointed, but at the same time, it’s never easy playing over here at Gilman,” Calvert Hall coach Rich Zinkand said. “Last year, we went to overtime. We did some good things for 80 minutes, but unfortu- nately, not enough of them.”
Gilman coach Jon Seal saw one positive in the tie: His team came back from a 2-0 deficit against one of the area’s elite programs.
“The fact that we came back from two goals down against a such a quality opponent was something we were proud of,” said Seal, whose team lost to Calvert Hall, 2-0, on Sept. 9. “You see why they are at the top of the conference. But we came in here really wanting three points. In the second half, we had a chance to get that third goal.”
The Greyhounds (4-3-3, 3-3-2 MIAA A Conference) tied the game at 2 with 12:37 left in regulation when freshman forward Teddy Ndje scored on a penalty shot after getting pulled down by a Cardinals defender near the goal.
“I watched film of when we played Calvert Hall the first time,” Seal said. “I didn’t recognize the team. We are playing much better right now.”
Calvert Hall had more scoring opportunities in overtime.
Ben Alexander’s blistering shot with nine minutes remaining in the first extra session was stopped by Gilman senior goalie John Philippou, who had made some eyecatching saves in the first half.
A minute later, the Cardinals’ Lucas Randrianarivelo lofted a shot wide of the goal.
Early in the second overtime, a shot by Calvert Hall’s Chris Carroll was saved easily by Philippou, who finished with 10 saves.
Gilman didn’t have any shots on goal in either overtime period, and the Greyhounds failed to take advantage of two corner kicks at the end of the second overtime.
In regulation, it was a substitute, Matthew Katz, who cut Calvert Hall’s lead to 2-1 early in the second half. He sent a low shot past sprawling goalie Kyle Cooper.
The Cardinals were clearly the better team in the first half, outshooting the Greyhounds 7-3. Alexander scored 8:41 into the game off an assist from Carroll to give Calvert Hall a 1-0 advantage. The Cardinals went ahead 2-0 on Dom Corona’s hard, hooking shot to the left corner of the goal with 7:32 remaining in the half. Ben Bender was credited with the assist.
“We talked at halftime about having that two-goal lead, and knowing what we need to do,” Zinkand said. “But sometimes it’s a cruel game and things don’t go your way.”
Calvert Hall coach Rich Zinkand