Centennial wins 2nd straight title Girls soccer

November 22, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Centennial's Natalie Rich took advantage of some chicanery by a teammate to lift the top-ranked Eagles to their second consecutive Class 4A-3A state title, 3-2, over Dulaney yesterday.

Rich (10 goals, 2 assists), who scored her second goal of the game 1:10 into overtime, was waiting on the right when striker Vicky Brunt let a ball roll to her.

"They [Dulaney's defenders] thought Vicky was going to get it," said Rich, whose first goal gave Centennial a 2-0 lead 4:30 into the game. "But when it came, I just chest-trapped it and shot it off my right foot."

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 state championship, won by Centennial, 4-1.

"It's a nicer memory to go out after winning a tough game like this," said Brunt, whose 16th goal of the year came just 2:25 into the game. "Personally, I was a little worried."

The second-ranked Lions (15-2) cut the deficit to 2-1 with 5:14 left in the first half, when freshman striker Allie Shuch (18 goals, 16 assists) banged in a rebound of an Abby Bausman shot that caromed down off the crossbar.

"We went to the ball more and were more aggressive," said Dulaney's scoring leader Aimee Vaughan (37 goals, 14 assists). "We stepped up the pressure and really started cranking our shots."

But keeper Laura Bradburn (14 saves) thwarted Dulaney, which out-shot the Eagles, 7-3, in the second half.

Bradburn, leaping to her right, was parallel to the ground for a double-handed tip save of Bausman's shot. A 30-yard shot by Megan Truxel skimmed over the goal before Bradburn snagged Truxel's subsequent 25-yard shot just under the crossbar. She later caught Shuch's eight-yard header.

Junior striker Allison Bielski marked Vaughan, but Vaughan shook her off to set up Khrissy Jackson's seventh goal of the season, which tied the game at 2 with eight minutes left in regulation.

"I was going to hit it hard, but I knew she [Bradburn] was awesome in the air, so I just waited and hit a half-volley," said Jackson, who had a hat trick in the Lions' 6-2 semifinal win over South Carroll.

Centennial pressured to try and prevent overtime, with Bielski nearly producing the Eagles' third goal with three minutes left. Dulaney's early deficit was the result of defensive miscues.

On Brunt's goal, sophomore defender Shara Boonshaft sent a pass over Lions' stopper Nicole Smith and sweeper Brett Zimmerman, who were overtaken by Brunt.

Her right-footed shot scored to the left of Szper, who hesitated on Brunt's fake before emerging from the goal.

"I wasn't paying attention and left Vicky wide open," said Smith, a sophomore whose job it was to mark Brunt. "I stayed with her more in the

second half."

Rich was unchallenged on her goal, which came just 4:32 into the game off Boonshaft's corner kick.

"I figured it would take three goals to beat them, otherwise, we'd have been in trouble," said Centennial coach Rich Pizzaro. "We wanted to score early because I knew they wouldn't just roll over for us."

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