Centennial, Walt Whitman postponed

September 27, 1994|By Rick Belz PTC | Rick Belz PTC,Sun Staff Writer

BETHESDA -- The eagerly anticipated soccer game between Baltimore area soccer power Centennial and Washington area soccer power Walt Whitman was put on hold because of a thunderstorm last night.

The two teams had completed 37 minutes of the first half when lightning flashes followed by a major rainfall caused the game to be postponed with Centennial leading 1-0.

The Eagles' Kris Dramby scored the only goal in the fifth minute on an in-close follow-up kick after a shot by Brian West was rejected.

Each team had several scoring threats after that goal. Centennial goalkeeper Brock Yetso made a save on a header from inside the 10-yard line in the 15th minute.

Then Whitman's Judah Cooks split two Centennial defenders and ripped off a shot from the 15-yard line that sailed wide to the left in the 24th minute.

Cooks, a senior midfielder, was marked tenaciously by sophomore Cort Yetso.

The teams went back and forth, entertaining the large crowd with some outstanding soccer despite a field waterlogged from previous showers.

In the 26th minute, an Eagles shot hit the crossbar and bounced away, and West missed a follow-up shot from in close.

Had the teams completed the first half, then the game would have been official and Centennial declared the winner.

"Just three more minutes and we would have walked out of here smiling," Centennial coach Bill Stara said.

The question of whether the game would be replayed from the beginning was resolved by a telephone call to state boys soccer committee chairman Steve Malone, who ruled that the game will be resumed from the point of interruption.

The two teams have met five times in the past three seasons with Centennial winning three times. Whitman won both games last season, however, including the state Class 3A championship game. All five games were decided by one goal.

This Saturday night was chosen as a tentative make-up date pending approval by Centennial's athletic director and principal.

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