MacArthur's Joe Branciforte and Gerard Deldrosso battle with Calhoun's Nick...

MacArthur's Joe Branciforte and Gerard Deldrosso battle with Calhoun's Nick Moehringer for possession of the ball during a high school soccer game at Calhoun on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Credit: Steven Ryan

Playing on his school's new turf field was a crazy feeling for Shaun Bartholomew. What was even crazier for Calhoun's top goal scorer was that nobody scored on it.

Bartholomew entered Thursday's game against Conference AA-III rival MacArthur with two of the Colts' six goals on the season. The Generals entered with seven.

Yet it was a scoreless tie. So, how come? Bartholomew credited MacArthur sweeper Greg Baumstein for keeping him off the scoreboard. The two played together in a regional Olympic Development Program.

"He knows all my tricks," Bartholomew said. "That's why it was tough to score."

What tricks are those, you ask?

"I know he likes to use his speed a lot, he's very fancy with that," Baumstein said. "He likes to use the scissors move, which is when he makes his body fake one way and then go the other way."

Sean Lyons was ready for Bartholomew's moves as well. MacArthur's goalkeeper raced out 20 yards to his left to meet Bartholomew and negate a quality shot on goal in the 43rd minute.

Baumstein made sure there wasn't much else going on back there afterward.

"We didn't let much through," Baumstein said. "The guys played very solid and won a lot of balls in the air. You have to do that in games like these."

Speaking of winning balls in the air, MacArthur's Tom Clifford won one and almost put his header in off a feed from his triplet, Kevin Clifford, in the 60th minute.

But just as he was on every other shot sent his way, Calhoun goalkeeper Anthony Curcio was right where he needed to be. He made the stop, one of his game-high 12 saves.

It helped Curcio that he had stopper Jack Thomann playing in front of him.

"They had a lot of tall guys, so I made sure to outjump them," Thomann said. "I think every game it's a must that you have to win the 50-50 balls, win the headers. That's our job."

MacArthur (1-0-1), the defending conference champ, and Calhoun (1-0-1), last year's runner-up, will meet again Oct. 1 at MacArthur. Generals coach Andy Atkins expects much of the same kind of play: tough, physical and not much scoring.

"Big saves on both sides," said Atkins, who saw Lyons make eight saves. "We just didn't finish. We have to attack the balls in front of the net. No excuses. Put it home."


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