Centennial's Stephenson, West give Mount St. Joe 8-0 boot Boys soccer

September 21, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Shortly after watching his team endure an 8-0 drilling by Centennial yesterday, Mount St. Joseph boys soccer coach Barry Fitzpatrick rushed off the Eagles' field to a scheduled dental appointment.

"I feel like I've already been to the dentist and had a root canal with no Novocain," Fitzpatrick said, wincing. "Our defense was awful and we got beat everywhere."

The loss was even more painful to Fitzpatrick, who knew that a Centennial sophomore and a Centennial freshman created the most problems for his team.

Freshman striker Matt Stephenson surprised many spectators and himself by scoring four goals and getting one assist. And sophomore striker Brian West scored three goals and had an assist for the Eagles (1-0-1), who were coming off a season-opening 2-2 tie with C. Milton Wright. Centennial is unbeaten in 34 straight games.

"I've never had a freshman score four goals in a game for me before," said coach Bill Stara. "But we'll have to rely on Matt later this season, and I wanted to get him comfortable so when we really need him he's ready."

West's performance was sensational, but not surprising given his outstanding freshman season and his speed.

West used that speed to score Centennial's third, fourth and fifth goals within a 13-minute period of the first half.

The first goal was a breakaway off a pass from Morgan Kershner. The second was drilled from 20 yards out in the middle of the field. And for the third goal, he dribbled around a defender and then threaded his way around a diving goalkeeper before kicking the ball into an empty net. It was the game's most creative score.

Kershner scored Centennial's first goal in the game's fourth minute on a header off Allen Alejandro's throw-in.

St. Joe (1-5) had played four more games than Centennial, and Stara was worried that the lack of game experience might hurt.

Centennial started two freshmen, a sophomore and only two seniors.

Stephenson said he has had some freshmen jitters.

"I was nervous in our first game [against C. Milton Wright] and missed a goal I should have made," Stephenson said. "And today I missed a penalty kick. But I felt more comfortable today."

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