Wienecke scores 8, lifts Eagles over Cavs

March 24, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

For every run the South Carroll Cavaliers made at visiting Centennial last night, Jen Wienecke had an answer.

The senior attacker scored eight goals and added an assist to lead the No. 13 Eagles past No. 12 South Carroll, 16-11, in the season opener for both teams.

Wienecke gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead five minutes in. When the Cavaliers tied the score at three with 15 minutes left in the first half, she answered with three straight goals to help give the Eagles a 7-4 halftime lead.

After South Carroll goalie Erin Nauyalis made some big saves early on in the second half to keep the Cavs close, it was Wienecke scored three minutes in to give the Eagles a four-goal lead.

Centennial led 10-5 when Gretchen Heilman scored with just under 18 minutes left, but the Cavaliers -- behind Tracie DiDio's ,, four goals and Melissa Gettemy's three -- never quit.

The Cavaliers got to within 12-10 with nine minutes left when DiDio scored unassisted coming from behind the net, but Wienecke found Catrina Wolfe to make it 13-10 and then scored on her own to put the game out of reach.

"Jen is a three-year starter for us and is the mainstay of our attack," said Centennial coach Gail Purcell. "She really settles our attack. She knows the angles, plays well behind the net and plays off the defenders well."

The Cavaliers got behind early and just couldn't get over the hump. Coach Stacy Stem was pleased with her team's overall effort and didn't expect such a scoring outburst from Wienecke.

"We never quit. We played very aggressive and scrappy. Every time we got close, within two or three, they'd come back with a goal and gain the momentum back," she said.

"I was surprised [by Wienecke's effort]. We heard a lot about [Jen Simon] and were looking to stop her."

The win by Centennial avenges a region final loss to South Carroll last year. The Cavaliers started the season 4-5 before winning six straight to reach the Class 3A-4A state-title game.

"This was a nice win for us," said Purcell.

"We beat them by seven goals in the regular season last year and they came back to beat us in the region playoffs to reach states, so it was important for us to come up here and win. I thought we exhibited some great speed and passing and did everything we were looking to do."

Nauyalis kept the Cavaliers close, finishing with 16 saves.

"She made some saves most high school goalies couldn't make. The score could have been a lot worse without Erin," Stem said.

Jen Simon added two goals and two assists, and Ward had two goals and an assist for the Eagles. Liz Sturm and Becky Armiger had single goals.

Pam Dempsey had a goal and an assist for the Cavs. Erin Windsor, Carly Benham and Katie Rockwell also scored.

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