Hammond rips Centennial, 4-1

October 15, 1992|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Hammond's midfield provided the powder and Kisha Jett the fire as the Bears defeated Centennial, 4-1, in a meeting of girls soccer powers yesterday at Hammond.

Both teams entered undefeated and ranked No. 1, and both are defending state champions with the majority of their teams intact from last season. Centennial (4-1, 0-1) was ranked No. 4 in a national USA Today poll and Hammond No. 8.

But the Bears managed to turn around last year's 3-1 defeat by Centennial -- Hammond's only loss last season -- with a combination of superior overall speed and a midfield that controlled the first half.

Speedster Jett (12 goals, three assists) scored two first-half goals, and Samantha Andersch made it 3-0 just before halftime to ruin Centennial's hopes for another undefeated season. The loss broke a 16-game Centennial winning streak.

Hammond (6-0, 1-0) extended its winning streak to 15 games and buoyed its hopes for another Class 2A/1A state title. The Bears, who beat the Eagles for the first time in five years, have won two state titles in the past three years.

"We were worried about Vicky Brunt, who scored two goals against us last year," Hammond coach Dave Guetler said. "But we put Karen Fink on her and she shut her down."

Centennial coach Rick Pizarro's decision to start three strikers backfired for the Eagles, who then were left with a four-on-three midfield mismatch.

Hammond midfielders Katy Evans, Colleen Delaney, Natalie Serianni and Andersch pounced on their one-player advantage to set up Jett's first two goals.

Jett, on the run, took a feed from Evans, turned sharply and drove a

shot into the net from six yards out 15 minutes into the game for the first goal.

Jett added another score 32 minutes into the first half. She reversed her dribble, rushed past Centennial sweeper Paige Nettelbladt in the middle of the field, cruised through two more Eagles defenders and ripped a shot off diving goalie Laura Bradburn, who failed to control it.

Jett followed up with an 18-yard kick into an open net.

"Once she makes her turn, you can't stop her," Nettelbladt said.

Freshman Tania Riismandel, assigned the difficult task of marking Jett, said, "I tried to play three steps behind her, but there was still no way to stop her. She's just too fast."

Centennial outshot Hammond 10-5 in the second half and 14-11 for the game. But many of Centennial's shots were never serious scoring threats.

"I'm just shocked," Hammond fullback and senior captain Michelle Reiter said. "I expected a close game."

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