Centennial eliminates Dundalk, 3-0, advancing to 3A final

November 14, 1992|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Second-ranked Centennial extended its unbeaten streak to 31 games and moved one step closer to its second straight Class 3A boys soccer title yesterday at Liberty High.

The second-seeded Eagles (13-0-2) dominated third-seeded, No. 15 Dundalk (10-5) in every facet of play, winning the state semifinal, 3-0.

Dundalk coach Bob Hutsler summed up the game: "We were outclassed. We knew that they would concentrate on restarts and play the ball wide, and we knew about No. 17's [Brian West's] speed, but we couldn't stop it anyway."

West, a freshman striker, scored 1:33 into the game. He turned the left corner, dribbled straight across the goal and kicked a hard shot into the net for his eighth goal.

At 29:37, sophomore striker Brad Terrill scored Centennial's second goal on a rebound shot. Terrill took a long throw-in and sent a hard shot off a Dundalk defender. Terrill's follow shot found the net for his eighth goal of the season.

"That second goal was the one that hurt us because it could have been stopped," said Dundalk fullback and co-captain Todd Kolb. "This was the best team we've played all year. Their center forwards had excellent speed, and their strikers worked well outside. When we started stopping them on one side, they switched to the other side."

Centennial's third goal was scored by senior midfielder Chris Arcella in the 69th minute. He took a short direct kick from sophomore midfielder Doug Ulman at about the 30-yard line and put it into the net for his fifth goal this season.

Arcella had three earlier near-misses, including one shot that hit the crossbar.

Centennial's offense overwhelmed Dundalk with 11 corner kicks and 11 dangerous long throw-ins. The Eagles outshot Dundalk, 17-2. The Owls didn't have a shot in the first half.

"They drove us back on defense," Hutsler said. We played the best we could with what we had."

Centennial has eight shutouts and has outscored opponents, 46-9.

It was Dundalk's first trip to the state playoffs since 1974. It lost in the regional semifinals last season.

"We're coming down the homestretch now," said Centennial's Ulman. "We're hoping for back-to-back unbeaten seasons."

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