Top-ranked Centennial breezes, 7-1

September 17, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

Dulaney coach Craig Laferty's summary of yesterday's 7-1 loss to No. 1 Centennial pulled no punches.

"We got spanked. We got outplayed, out-athleted and out-executed. We got taught a good lesson about how the game should be played. We had no right to be on the same field with them. We're five notches below this team," Laferty said.

Laferty, whose ninth-ranked Lions returned 15 lettermen and six starters from a regional titlist team that lost to Churchill in the state Class 4A semifinals, couldn't stop talking about Centennial.

"They had good team play, good execution and good speed. They had class, they had discipline and they had depth. They came to play and we came to watch. They knew how to use their speed and personnel. Whenever you play against a Bill Stara team, you are going to see the best," he said.

Dulaney (0-1) led 45 seconds into the game when Mike Mainquist scored on an indirect kick from Darren Seibert. But 45 seconds later, Centennial's Kris Dramby tied the game on a follow-up shot.

About four minutes after Dramby's goal, Centennial's Doug Ulman took a pass from Kumi Walker and kicked a left-footer into the upper portion of the net over goalkeeper Jon Bennett's head.

Dramby and Ulman each added another first-half goal to make the halftime score 4-1.

Centennial (1-0-1) had extra motivation against Dulaney. The Eagles stumbled Monday in their season debut, when unranked C.M. Wright played the Eagles to a 1-1 tie.

"We played much better today," Dramby said. "We won every tackle today, but not Monday."

Centennial also was able to pass the ball at midfield much more than it normally does.

"We started five midfielders today and went with only Matt Stephenson up top," coach Bill Stara said.

Stephenson, a sophomore who scored once in the second half, normally teams with All-Metro striker Brian West, but West sat out the game with a sore foot.

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