Eagles look for test from Lions Soccer notebook

October 19, 1992|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Undefeated Centennial (6-0-1, 2-0) plays host to Howard in a make-up game today. The Lions (4-3, 1-1), who have received little respect this season, gave Oakland Mills a tough time Friday, losing, 3-2.

The Eagles should expect a tough game also. Since 1989, Howard's Soccer notebook

record against Centennial is 2-1-1. No other Eagles opponent has done as well.

The Eagles got by Wilde Lake Friday, 3-0, although it was a 1-0 game with 15 minutes to play.

Todd Bradford starred in goal most of the game for the Wildecats, including a save on a penalty kick by Chris Arcella.

"Bradford made some nice stops on corners and throw-ins, but we hit the post twice," coach Bill Stara said. "I was afraid they were going to chip one in and we'd end up tied, 1-1."

Junior goalkeeper Dan Christine has played exceptionally well for Centennial, replacing the injured Brock Yetso, an under-17 national pool player.

"Brock is almost completely recovered," Stara said.

That creates a problem every coach would like to have: too much talent.

Centennial lost sophomore midfielder Kris Dramby for a week, after he was injured in the Eagles' 5-1 win over Hammond last Tuesday.

* GLENELG: Some county coaches and players figured the Gladiators' scoring machine would break once the league season began.

Glenelg (7-0, 2-0) had outscored its opponents, 30-2, in non-league games.

But against two of the top county teams last week, Wilde Lake and Atholton, Glenelg produced a 7-0 scoring edge.

How does coach John Bouman explain the scoring burst after his team struggled to score last year?

"We've got more depth this season, we're taller and we have more players who can score, so marking one or two players doesn't stop us," Bouman said.

* OAKLAND MILLS: "When they lost [Teddy] Lawler, they lost the game, because he was putting a lot of pressure on us," Atholton coach Reg Hahne said after his team beat Oakland Mills, 1-0, Tuesday.

A tackle by Atholton's Alex Denno just before halftime left Lawler, one of the most feared players in the county, with a sore ankle.

The junior striker sat out most of the second half.

But Lawler, limping, returned late in the game and nearly tied it with a shot in the final two minutes. He kicked the shot past Atholton goalkeeper Josh Seidman, who had come out 15 yards, but the kick's diagonal direction was slightly off line.

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