No. 2 Eagles tied, 2-2, by Wright Boys soccer

September 15, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Centennial's boys soccer team, the defending state Class 3A champion, knew it had a challenge on its hands when it opened its season at home against C. Milton Wright.

The Eagles, ranked No. 2 behind Calvert Hall in The Baltimore Sun preseason poll, had to come from behind twice and wound up with a 2-2 tie.

Joe Davis gave the Mustangs (1-0-2) the edge twice, as his goals provided a 1-0 first-half lead and a 2-1 lead midway through the second half.

Doug Ulman tied it at 1 when he kicked the ball in from right in front out of a scramble after a corner kick with 10 minutes gone in the second half. Brian West created the second tie on a breakaway with 10 minutes left in regulation.

Each side had scoring chances during the two 10-minute overtime segments, but the goalkeepers were sharp.

It was a particularly gutty performance by Wright's Tim Hilyard, who took a knee to the head in a goal-mouth scramble in the closing minutes of the first half. The sophomore sensation, who had 17 saves against Calvert Hall, sat out the rest of the half, then came back to play the rest of the way, ending with 11 saves.

Brock Yetso, an Olympic Development player, had started in goal two years ago, missed last year, and is now back for a senior season. He was caught out of position a couple of times, but had two point-blank stops in the second overtime among his 16 saves.

"We have the more dangerous players [several freshmen among them], ones who can go to the goal, but our youth and inexperience showed," said Centennial coach Bill Stara, who has just three seniors.

"We had some problems in the midfield, for instance, and didn't finish off some scoring chances.

"We knew C. Milton Wright would be competitive, and we're having some growing pains," added Stara, last year's All-Metro Coach of the Year, who guided the Eagles to a 14-0-2 record. "The mix isn't there yet, but we'll get some of the rough edges smoothed out."

Wright coach Paul Snyder said: "For the second time, I thought our kids rose to the challenge. Both Calvert Hall and Centennial are more talented, but these were times when the whole was better than the parts.

"We get it done, from preparation to through, and after the game, from our seniors and captains. They are incredible leaders."

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