Centennial holds off Mt. Hebron

April 21, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

Mount Hebron coach Warren Michael thought that if his team could take away Centennial's offensive strength then it had a shot at upsetting the No. 11 Eagles.

For the most part, the Vikings succeeded in carrying out their game plan, and came close to an upset. The game was tied 6-6 after three quarters.

But the visiting Vikings didn't count on Centennial's offensive flexibility, made a few defensive mistakes and lost, 10-7.

"Centennial has strong stick skills and is a great clearing team, so we wanted to make it a six-on-six game," Michael said. "We conceded their clears and dropped back on defense."

This successfully limited Centennial's strength, which is ball movement.

"We like to have two-on-one situations and get assisted goals, but they forced us to go one on one thinking we might not have enough speed to score one-on-one," Centennial coach Mike Siegert said. "But we showed poise and made the adjustment. We didn't panic and throw up wild shots."

And Centennial (8-1, 2-0) definitely showed it could beat Mount Hebron (5-2, 1-1) one-on-one. Six of its goals were unassisted.

Joe Lowrance beat Mount Hebron's Greg Lee one-on-one with 4:42 left to play, backing him in and scoring a goal that made it 8-6.

After a goal by Mount Hebron's Dan Carver that made it 8-7 with 4:06 left, Centennial's star midfielder Rob Hauff beat Terrence Buckley around the back of the goal and scored. The score was 9-7 with 2:13 left. It was one of three goals by Hauff and his 17th goal this season to go with 12 assists.

"Hauff was tough," Michael said. "They did a good job of keeping their first midfield fresh."

Centennial attackmen David Saunders and Brian Rowe also each scored three goals. Rowe scored the clincher with 1:46 to play.

"We knew they would be pumped because we beat them 21-7 last year," Rowe said. "We weren't finishing and played a little sloppy."

Centennial had the edge on ground balls. Matt Rainwater came up with 11 for the Eagles.

"Rainwater and Brian Harding showed superb stick work today," Siegert said. "Our clearing was solid. We cleared 10 of 15."

Mount Hebron's Scott Baughman excelled on faceoffs, and Vikings goalkeeper Sean Buchanon (nine saves) kept his team in the game with some sensational stops.

Centennial goalkeeper Brian Carr (seven saves) also excelled.

Both teams played a slow tempo, and neither was especially physical although Mount Hebron made a few good pops.

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