Led by freshman goalie Brock Yetso, top-ranked and unbeaten Centennial held off a barrage of second-half shots from No. 2 Calvert Hall to earn a 2-1 victory at Centennial yesterday.
Yetso, starting only his second varsity game, made 13 saves, including 11 in the second half when Calvert Hall outshot Centennial, 15-2.
"Yetso was the man today," Centennial coach Bill Stara said. "And I didn't decide to start him until today, because we have an excellent senior keeper in Mark Corierer. I guess I guessed right."
It was Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference power Calvert Hall's first defeat after three victories. Centennial of Howard County moved to 3-0.
The Eagles built a 2-0 lead in the first half on two goals by senior forward Josh Baer.
Baer's first goal came in the 22nd minute off a 30-yard pass from senior stopper Tod Downen. The ball actually bounced off the head of Calvert Hall defender Anthony Adams from about 15 yards out and then sailed directly into the net. Baer was credited with the goal because he was the nearest offensive player.
"That took a little bit out of us," Calvert Hall coach Bill Karpovich said.
But the teams continued to play a highly physical game at a furious pace.
Cardinals striker Jeremy Baker had a good chance to tie the game shortly after Centennial's first goal, but his header at the far post was kicked away by Centennial fullback Werner Krueger.
"Krueger normally plays halfback but we asked him to switch to outside fullback to help stop [Bryan] Bugarin," Stara said. Bugarin, a striker, is a top scoring threat for Calvert Hall, and
Krueger marked him the entire game.