Centennial captures back-to-back soccer crowns STATE PLAYOFF ROUNDUP

November 22, 1992

Warren Grace scored the game's only goal as Centennial won back-to-back Class 3A state soccer championships at Old Mill High with a 1-0 victory over Whitman.

The win extended the Eagles' unbeaten streak to 32 games and was the fifth state title for the school.

Centennial (14-0-2) gained the advantage in the early going and in the 29th minute when Grace, a fullback, scored. Allen Alejandro initiated the scoring sequence with a long throw-in. Whitman goalkeeper Darren Lamiman blocked one shot and then a second before Grace put it away for his third goal of the season.

Centennial goalkeeper Dan Christine was outstanding once again. He recorded his ninth shutout. The Eagles gave up only nine goals this season.

* Fallston 7, Easton 1: Fallston (14-1-1) captured its first state championship yesterday when it whipped Easton (15-2) in a Class 1A game that was no match after 10 minutes. Shane Dougherty, Harford County's Player of the Year, scored his team's first three goals, later added another and collected one assist, breaking the school assist record in the process.

Easton, unbeaten during the regular season, and Region IV titlist, sealed its fate when it played a zone defense and failed to mark Dougherty, who went into the game with 32 goals and 10 assists for the year, including nine goals in the playoffs.

* Glenelg 0, Rockville 0: Glenelg (12-2-2) tied unbeaten Rockville (13-0-3) of Montgomery County in overtime to share the Class 2A championship in the final at Old Mill.

Not only was it the Gladiators' first state title, it was their first winning season and first time in the playoffs. A year aga, Glenelg was 5-6-1.

Both midfields sparkled, but it was the defenses that won the day, led by goalies, Russell Payne of Glenelg and C. J. Norton of Rockville.

Girls soccer

* Centennial 3, Dulaney 2: Natalie Rich scored with 1:10 remaining in overtime, giving top-ranked Centennial its second straight Class 4A-3A title.

Rich (10 goals, two assists), who scored two goals, was waiting on the right when striker Vicky Brunt let a ball roll to her.

Dulaney keeper Kate Szper (eight saves) back-pedaled to try and stop the 25-yard shot, which sailed over her outstretched hands and into the net's opposite side.

The game was a rematch of last year's contest, won by Centennial, 4-1.

* Oakland Mills 1, Loch Raven 0: Ginny Dye knocked in a pass from Tricia Witte with 3:42 remaining in the second sudden-death overtime to lift Oakland Mills (14-1-1) over No. 11 Loch Raven (10-4) in the Class 2A-1A title game at Arundel High.


* Mount Hebron 3, North Caroline 1: Co-No. 9 Mount Hebron won the state Class 2A title, defeating North Caroline, 10-15, 15-12, 11-15, 15-9, 15-8, at Catonsville Community College.

The Vikings (14-5) trailed by eight, five, seven and six points, respectively, the first four times around. They recovered to win the second and fourth games and led nearly the entire distance in the final game en route to victory.

Mount Hebron won its third straight state title under third-year coach Jeannine McCrumb.

Outside hitter Megan Waterfield and Kai Scott, Howard County's leading setter, are the only two Vikings seniors who have experienced all three championships. Waterfield, 5 feet 7, capped the match with two blocks on the Bulldogs' Danita Bordley.

* Centennial 3, Walter Johnson 0: Centennial (24-0) won its second consecutive state Class 3A championship defeating Walter Johnson, 15-9, 15-8, 15-8, at Catonsville Community College.

The Eagles posted dominating wins over Class 1A state champion Williamsport, Class 2A state champion Mount Hebron and Class 4A finalists Severna Park and Northern of Calvert County and have won 75 of their 78 games, never losing two in a row and never dropping the opening game of a match. Centennial is ranked No. 20 by USA Today.


* Wilde Lake 35, Easton 14: Wilde Lake (11-1) forced three fourth-quarter turnovers that turned a precarious 21-14 lead into a victory over Easton in a Class 1A semifinal game.

The victory sends Wilde Lake to College Park, where it will go after its third consecutive state champion

ship Friday against Cambridge-South Dorchester at 4 p.m.

The Wildecats never trailed, but could not shake the stubborn Warriors (10-2) until crunch time. Trailing 21-14 early in the fourth period, Easton had the ball on its 36, when Wilde Lake's Mike Green forced a fumble, leading to an 18-yard touchdown run by Nate Cassella.

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