Too many offensive weapons. That's the comment made most frequently about Centennial by losing coaches after the Eagles girls soccer teamfinishes another demolition.
The undefeated and top-ranked Eagles(10-0 overall, 5-0 league) all but sewed up the county championship Friday at home by exploding for four second-half goals in 15 minutes to demoralize a battling Oakland Mills team, 4-1.
Centennial led, 4-0, before Oakland Mills scored its only goal ona penalty kick by Danette Lamerise with eight minutes left.
Centennial has at least seven scorers in its arsenal, and four of those seven scored goals or had assists.
Natalie Rich scored two goals andhad an assist. Mary Ellen Carullo and Vicki Brunt each scored a goaland had an assist. And Shara Boonshaft had two assists. Kelly Butler, Alison Bielski and Corina Riismandel didn't join the scoring parade.
Brunt brought her season totals to 10 goals and five assists. Boonshaft has six goals and three assists. Rich has eight goals and four assists. Carullo now has three goals and two assists.
All of Carullo's scoring has come in just two games, since she was moved from midfield to right forward in Tuesday's 4-0 win over Glenelg.
"I moved her to right wing thinking we needed more speed and persistence there and because she is a good crosser," Eagles coach Rick Pizarro said. "I didn't know if she'd score, but we've been getting both crossesand goals from her."
Carullo showed her strong foot on her goal, a long shot from the right side that hit the far post and bounced back into the net 21 minutes into the second half. That goal made it 2-0.
Rich scored Centennial's first goal in the 13th minute of the second half on a header from the left side off an assist from Boonshaft. Rich and Boonshaft teamed up again for the third goal in the 24th minute.
And Brunt, Centennial's top scorer, took a nice cross from Carullo in front of the net a few yards out and kicked it in for an easy goal in the 28th minute.
That was Centennial's fourth goal, and it left Oakland Mills reeling. Centennial had beaten Oakland Mills in a non-league game earlier this season by an identical 4-1 score.
"We felt we had bettered ourselves at several positions since that first game," Oakland Mills coach Nancy Shea said. "We had moved Tyann(Blissett) into goal and Laura Ellestad from midfield to sweeper."
The Scorpions had played a 4-3-3 alignment the first game, but wentwith a 4-4-2 Friday to improve the defense.
"Centennial is strongon long, high kicks so you have to play them tight," Shea said. "We tried to play a defensive-oriented game, but I think it hurt our offense."
The defensive strategy worked in the first half, as Centennial took only three shots -- none especially threatening.
But the Scorpions tired in the second half, and after Centennial scored its first goal, the action soon resembled sharks during a feeding frenzy.
"We had several girls playing even though they were sick, and Lamerise had a bad ankle, so we just weren't at our best," Shea said.
Eagles coach Pizarro said he thought the fact that his team won the pre-game coin toss played a key role.
"That's the fifth straight toss we've won at home, and in the second half we wanted the side of thefield that gave us the wind and sun at our backs so we could see where we were shooting," Pizarro said. "We thought Oakland Mills would give us some problems in the first half, and we made some fundamental errors."
Pizarro cited the repeated instance of one of his stoppers who pushed forward too soon, leaving only three defenders back, as one of those errors.
For Oakland Mills it was the second straight hard-to-swallow defeat. The Scorpions lost, 4-3, to Hammond on Tuesday. Oakland Mills' record is now 6-4 overall and 2-3 in the league.
Centennial faces Atholton and Mount Hebron this week as it attempts to wrap up the title.