Centennial tops C. M. Wright, 5-2

April 08, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Juniors Rob Hauf and Brian Carr were the leaders as visiting Centennial got by C. Milton Wright, 5-2, in their annual non-league meeting last night in Bel Air.

Hauf, a midfielder, had two unassisted goals and assisted on another to lead all scorers, while Carr had an outstanding game in goal, finishing with 14 saves, several from close range.

Centennial got two goals within a minute of each other midway of the first quarter -- from Tony Harding and Mike Shackleford -- and was not headed the rest of the way.

The Eagles scored in every quarter, and Carr and an aggressive defense in front of him limited the home side to second-quarter goals by junior midfielder Cory Smith and senior attack Brian King.

The decision boosted the Centennial record to 4-1, with its only loss to West Chester (Pa.) East in overtime last Saturday in the championship game of the John Carroll tour

nament. It was the third straight loss for Wright after an opening-game win.

"Rob is our go-to guy. He's 6-1, 195 pounds and runs like the wind," Centennial coach Mike Siegert said of Hauf, who had his third successive two-goal game. Attack Dave Saunders had two two-goal tournament games last weekend, but was shut out yesterday.

"Brian made the difference in this one," said Siegert, referring to Carr. "Of his 14 saves, there were a couple from point-blank range, and he had some others at critical times."

After the opening two-goal burst, Centennial later nursed one-goal leads for nearly seven minutes in the second period and the opening 1:33 of the third before Hauf provided some space with his second goal.

This is the first year as a starter for Carr, a backup keeper last season.

"I've been playing four-five years and played all positions in the beginning," he said. "Then a coach put me in goal, I liked it, and stayed with it. I like the pressure. And the defense in front of me is great. We work as a team."

Each side took turns knocking each other around in the physical contest, in which the hitting was better than the other skills. "Pretty ugly," Siegert called it.

He didn't get an argument from his C. Milton Wright counterpart, either.

"We couldn't catch and we couldn't pass," coach Carl Greenberg said. "And we didn't play the way we are capable of playing, either. We played fairly well over the weekend [losses to Severna Park and Springfield, Pa. in the Mustangs' tournament], but not this time."

This was, however, an improvement over the two tournament games that saw Wright give up 21 goals, but turned out to be two-goal and one-goal losses in games that could have gone the other way.

As for this one, though, "We did not do the fundamental things it takes to win games," Greenberg said.

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