Centennial loses championship, 1-0

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

To Whitman's delight and to top-ranked Centennial's chagrin, Dave Fogel's joke became a reality yesterday at the state Class 3A boys soccer championships at Old Mill High.

Fogel's goal ended Centennial's hopes of a third straight state title and gave the Vikings of Montgomery County a 1-0 victory and their first state championship since 1989.

Whitman's victory also ended a 14-year streak of state titles by Howard County teams. Wilde Lake also lost in the Class 1A title game yesterday before the 3A contest.

"I tell everyone before every game as a joke that I'm going to score a goal today," said Fogel, Whitman's starting stopper who had scored only one goal before yesterday.

In the 68th minute of a scoreless contest, Fogel decided to make a run down the middle and teammate Ednilson Moreau's cross from the right sideline was perfect.

Fogel went airborne and headed the ball above fast-charging Centennial goalkeeper Dan Christine.

"I made the run because I was frustrated that we hadn't scored," Fogel said. "I really didn't even see the keeper when I went up."

Christine (13 saves) fought off a barrage of Whitman shots in the first 15 minutes of the second half and made some extraordinary saves before Fogel's shot landed.

"Our defense played great, but they were pelting me and I was starting to wonder how long before something went in," said Christine, one of only three starting Centennial seniors. "I was hoping we could score first, but we just came up unlucky."

Centennial (13-2-1), whose only two losses in the past three seasons have been to Whitman, shut down All-America midfielder Judah Cooks, who beat the Eagles with a goal in overtime earlier this season.

But Cooks made a significant contribution early in the contest when he spiked Centennial's top scoring threat, Brian West, in the left thigh.

"I've still got the cleat marks," said West, who was slowed by the spiking and a sore left ankle suffered last week, but continued to play.

Whitman (15-1-0), ranked second in the D.C. area by the Washington Post, lost the state championship game to Centennial last season, 1-0. But the senior-and-junior-dominated Vikings outshot the Eagles 16-12 yesterday.

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