No. 5 Centennial deals Atholton first loss, 4-0

September 29, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

The Atholton girls soccer team did not lose a game in nonleague action, but No. 5 Centennial gave the Raiders a rude welcome to Howard County league play yesterday with a 4-0 win.

The Raiders (3-1-1 overall, 0-1 league) simply could not handle the relentless balanced attack of the host Eagles (3-0, 1-0).

Amy Richter, Lauren Molinaro, Michelle Clare and Kelly Garrity scored and a handful of others threatened as Centennial outshot the Raiders, 27-8.

"We marked tightly, we pressured well, but this team is so good that you make a mistake and you pay for it. It's that simple," said Raiders coach Jim Carlan, whose team already has rebounded from a 2-9-1 season a year ago.

The first mistake came in the 25th minute when Raiders keeper Julie Kapcala lost the handle on a Clare pass. In a drizzly rain, the ball slipped between Kapcala's hands, and Richter angled it across the net for the goal.

Molinaro broke free to score the next goal, dodging a couple of defenders then booting the ball perfectly over Kapcala's head.

"With Lauren on offense, it's real hard to defend her, because she has great skills and she can pass the ball real well," said Raiders stopper Stephanie Van Deusen.

"And Lauren, Michelle and Shara Boonshaft all played great together. It's hard to get by three people like them."

Striker Clare, halfback Molinaro, stopper Boonshaft and sweeper Tania Riismandel dominated play up the middle, allowing the Raiders few good chances at the goal. Keeper Rima Sidhu had seven saves, including stopping all three Atholton first-half shots.

In the second half, the Raiders spent even more time on defense.

"They slowly wear you down," said Carlan. "And then all of a sudden all you're doing is marking. You don't have the energy to go back up on offense."

The Eagles made it 3-0 on Clare's goal in the 52nd minute. Kelly Garrity finished off the scoring in the 81st minute after her sister Katie Garrity's shot rebounded off sliding keeper Kapcala (10 saves).

Although Atholton had the misfortune to draw probably the county's top team for the league opener, the Eagles don't face a ranked team until they play host to No. 15 Howard on Oct. 7.

"Hopefully, we'll keep improving," said Centennial coach Dave Greenberg. "I thought we played well, but we need to get better. It's not like we steam-rolled over these guys. They hung with us for a while."

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