Centennial blanks Bel Air

September 28, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

The first half was filled with frustration for Centennial. The Eagles could not score despite having possession much of the )) time and not allowing Bel Air a shot.

But the second half was a different story. Allison Altscher scored twice in the final 23 minutes to lift No. 5 Centennial to a 2-0 victory over visiting and No. 9 Bel Air yesterday.

"Finishing was definitely a problem," said Altscher. "We weren't really moving the ball."

The Eagles (4-0) often pushed the ball into the circle in the first half, but then came up empty. Centennial began to break through early in the second half, and Altscher scored when she converted a perfect centering pass from Emily Ward with 22:16 left.

The Eagles kept the pressure on, and Altscher (tied for seventh in the area in scoring heading into the game) scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season with 1:40 left. She knocked home the rebound of a Jen Silverman shot for the 2-0 final.

Corner hits helped Centennial keep pressuring Bel Air (3-1). The Eagles finished with 12 corner hits to none for the Bobcats. In fact, Altscher's first goal came after back-to-back corner hits.

Bel Air finished with seven shots -- Centennial had 12 -- but five came in two quick sequences in the second half.

The Bobcats rarely got in the circle or near the cage, but Centennial goalie Becca Armiger (seven saves) made some good stops.

Centennial coach Gail Purcell -- whose team has yet to allow a goal -- said a four-day layoff made the Eagles appear rusty. Purcell added that the numerous missed chances bothered her team.

"When you know you have the ability to finish and you're not doing it, it's frustrating," said Purcell. "The key is to relax and just play your own game."

Purcell's forward line spent much of the game with the ball. Altscher, Ward, Silverman and Connie Garrant repeatedly came up with fast breaks and scoring chances.

Bel Air would go for minutes without clearing the ball out of its end, and goalie Erin Alex (nine saves) stayed busy.

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