Glenelg beats Centennial for county title, 2-0

October 31, 1992|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

Heather Inkman broke a scoreless tie midway through the second half and Melanie Richardson added an insurance goal 11 minutes later, as visiting Glenelg beat Centennial, 2-0, yesterday in a showdown for the county championship.

"We wanted to win it [the county title] cleanly, and winning 2-0 on their field proves that it was no fluke," said Gleneg coach Ginger Kincaid, who has won eight county titles in 16 seasons at Glenelg. "These girls have all grown up together. Number eight couldn't be better."

The Gladiators (6-1, 11-1) finished the regular season with four straight victories. They also deprived Centennial (5-2, 9-3) of its first undisputed league title by handing the Eagles their second consecutive defeat.

Glenelg overcame a frustrating start.

The Gladiators spent more than 25 minutes of the first half near the Centennial cage, earning five penalty corners and taking three shots. But three saves by Centennial goalie Lisa Stichler and excellent defense by sweeper Aaryn Marchisa kept the game scoreless.

Centennial, meanwhile, managed one shot on goal and did not get a single penalty-corner opportunity before halftime.

"We had to score a goal, because it was our game," Inkman said. "We were playing awesomely as a team, and we couldn't let it go into overtime."

Inkman, the county's leading scorer, did her part. With 16 minutes left in the second half she ran down a loose ball in the scoring circle and tapped in an easy goal for a 1-0 lead. It was Inkman's 10th goal of the season.

Centennial's offense awakened in the second half, as the Eagles had six penalty corners and four shots. But Richardson scored off an Inkman assist with five minutes left to seal the victory.

The Gladiators open the Class 2A Region I playoffs Monday (3 p.m.) at home against an opponent to be determined. Glenelg has never won a state championship.

"We've played together since we were freshman and today we connected," Inkman said. "We're going to hit our peak on Nov. 14 [the day of the state finals]."

* Mount Hebron 1, Oakland Mills 0, 2OT: Stacy Kubis' goal off an assist from Jennifer Rose three minutes, 42 seconds into the second overtime lifted visiting Mount Hebron (9-2-1, 5-1-1) over Oakland Mills (5-5-1, 2-3-1).

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