They didn't forget him.
Soon after Centennial's biggest girls soccer victory, a 4-0 shocker over previously unbeaten Old Mill in the state Class 3A/4A semifinal at Glen Burnie High Saturday, star midfielder Corina Riismandel made it clear.
"We said we'd win this for Mr. Mayrovitz and we did," Riismandel said. "We thought it'd be tough, and we wanted to play our hardest. We did."
Mayrovitz, the 67-year-old Eagles coach, died last winter after a fall in front of his house. The girls wore black ribbons around their calves to dedicate this season to him.
The top-ranked Eagles remain unbeaten at 15-0 and move to the state final to play Dulaney at 1 p.m. Saturday at Arundel High School. Hammond defeated Dulaney, 4-0, earlier this season.
A victory Saturday would bring Centennial its first state title. The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association sanctioned the first girls state title in 1989.
After the big buildup last Saturday's game received -- a battle between two unbeatens ranked No. 1 and No. 2 -- Centennial may be in for aletdown this Saturday. But they can't afford one.
Unranked Dulaney upset fourth-ranked Chesapeake, 1-0, to serve notice that the Lions(12-2-1) are for real.
Dulaney forward Aimee Vaughn (22 goals, 11assists) is an All-State first-team player, and keeper/forward Courtney McClelland is a second-team All-State player.
Vaughn, a sophomore, scored the winning goal against Chesapeake. And McClelland, normally a striker who only plays keeper in Dulaney's tough games, was effective in goal.
The Lions also have a strong sweeper in Brett Zimmerman, and a good midfielder, Meg Truxell.
Dulaney is young. It starts two seniors, two juniors, three sophomores and four freshmen.
"If we have a weakness, it's our defense," Dulaney coach Evey Quinnsaid. Dulaney lost the Baltimore County title to Loch Raven, 5-3.
Dulaney's strength is its midfield, which Centennial hopes to shut down.
The Eagles are loaded offensively. In addition to Brunt (15 goals, 8 assists), an All-State first-team pick, and Riismandel (5, 4)who both scored against Old Mill, they have five other girls who cango to goal.
First-team All-State pick Natalie Rich (9, 4), Kelly Butler (8, 6), Shara Boonshaft (7, 5), Alison Bielski (5, 8) and MaryEllen Carullo (7, 3) make Centennial one of the most dangerous girlshigh school scoring machines the area may ever have seen.
Centennial outshot Old Mill, for instance, 19-3.
Centennial has outscoredits opposition, 56-9. Three of the nine opponents' goals were penalty kicks.
The Eagles defense is led by sweeper Becky Joeckel. "She's our unsung hero," Coach Rick Pizarro said. "She rarely miskicks or allows shots."
They also have fiery Jamie Fontaine and Paige Nettelbladt at outside fullback. Boonshaft plays stopper.
"Dulaney doesa lot of body trapping and that gives you a better chance to steal the ball," Pizarro said. "We're aggressive on loose balls and trap well. We also pass well and win a lot of balls in the air."
He thinksthe key to beating his team is to win the midfield. "But that's not easy to do," he said. "I thought Old Mill's midfield would give us trouble, but it didn't. We were awesome in the first half."
Quinn isjust happy her team has gotten this far.
"I don't know much aboutCentennial. We'll just play our game and make adjustments as we go along."
This week Centennial was still savoring Saturday's win overOld Mill, even as they look forward to the Dulaney game.
Nettelbladt shut out Old Mill's leading scorer, Michelle Salmon (23, 3). And the Patriots failed to shut down Centennial's top scorer, Vicki Brunt.
Brunt scored twice. Riismandel and Alison Lages also scored.
"We won the coin toss and took the wind at our backs because we wanted to get a goal quickly and break them psychologically," Pizarro said.
They did just that, as Lages scored off a scuffle in front of the goal just 3 minutes, 15 seconds into the game. It was her first goal of the year.
Riismandel made it 2-0 off a 30-yard shot.
Bruntgot the last two goals, one off a breakaway in the second half.
GIRLS CLASS 3A/4A FINAL
Date: Saturday, Nov. 16.
Time: 1 p.m.
Place: Arundel High School
Records: Dulaney 12-2-1; Centennial 15-0.
Coaches: Dulaney -- Evey Quinn; Centennial -- Rick Pizarro.
Key: Centennial must control the midfield to keep striker Aimee Vaughn from getting the ball.