Centennial states its case with 4-0 win Eagles get shot at 3rd straight title Girls soccer

November 05, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

FREDERICK -- The word threepeat wasn't spoken but it was clearly in the minds of Centennial's girls soccer team last night, -- as it won the 3A-4A West Region championship game.

The Eagles, two-time defending state Class 3A-4A champions, beat host Linganore, 4-0.

Centennial (8-2-3) is trying to salvage what had until now been a disappointing season.

"We're getting it together as a team now and we're headed upward," said Allison Hoover, who scored Centennial's first goal against the Lancers.

In the 16th minute, the senior midfielder turned the corner down the right side and lofted a ball from 25 yards out that sailed into the upper net near the far post for her first goal this season to go with 12 assists.

"It was meant as a cross, but the wind pushed it a bit," she said.

Linganore (10-3-1), which lacked the ball skills to compete with Centennial, was backed up on defense most of the game. The Eagles dominated the midfield.

"We knew they would be tough -- skilled, aggressive, quick and well-schooled," Linganore coach Bill McKenzie said.

"They dished it everywhere we weren't, and their corner kicks were outstanding."

Centennial coach Rick Pizarro said his team wanted to force corner kicks and did a better job last night than it had been doing. The Eagles had six corners.

The Eagles scored their fourth goal directly off a corner by Shara Boonshaft to Michelle Clare, who headed it in from six yards out in the 52nd minute.

Centennial's second goal also was scored by Clare. It came in the 19th minute on a volley from inside six yards.

It was her 16th goal of the season.

Laura Molinaro scored Centennial's third goal in the 36th minute by volleying in a loose ball in front of the net.

Linganore played without starting sweeper Christy Polansky, who was injured.

The Lancers had a lot of speed at the forward positions but had trouble getting the ball to those players.

Centennial used its strong passing game to benefit from the 70-yard wide field, the widest the Eagles have played on this season.

The Eagles outshot the Lancers 18-7, giving up only one shot in the second half.

"I've told the girls to do a little dreaming, and maybe we can win another state championship," Pizarro said.

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