Dramby's late goal lifts Centennial over Howard

October 08, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

No. 1 Centennial's Kris Dramby sat on the bench after yesterday's 1-0 victory over No. 7 Howard and had his left thigh iced down by a trainer.

He wasn't paying much attention to the pain of a partial muscle tear. He had scored the winning goal with five minutes left in the game on a sensational shot.

NTC From the center of the field, Dramby drilled a 25-yard direct kick that landed in the net just below the crossbar.

"It was a one-in-a-million shot, really," Dramby said. "I just wanted to get it on goal and have someone get the rebound. I knew I had hit it true. But I thought it was too high."

Howard goalkeeper Joel Sackett (12 saves) played a strong game, but had no chance at making a save on that shot.

It came about after Centennial's Brian West was tripped by Bryon Dietzel, who drew a yellow card.

"Dietzel did a great job marking West," Howard coach Dave Kelley said. "Even though he got beat several times, he shut West down and that was his job."

The goal ended a long afternoon of frustration for Centennial, which continued to have problems scoring goals. The Eagles outshot Howard 19-5 and had many good opportunities. The Eagles had eight corner kicks and Howard one.

Part of the reason that Centennial (5-0-2, 2-0) didn't score more often was Sackett; part of the reason was Howard sweeper Mike Green.

"Green played a great game and was the backbone of their defense today," Centennial coach Bill Stara said. "We're snake-bit scoring. Every game is closer than it should be."

Green had saved a sure goal on a kick-out in the 72nd minute after West had beaten Sackett and drilled a hard shot on goal.

Green had a chance to tie the game in the 79th minute with a shot saved by Brock Yetso.

Yetso made his best save in the 80th minute when Chris Dodson had a breakaway, and Yetso dove and tackled him and the ball at the 15-yard line. Yetso was shaken up, but time ran out.

"We attacked well in the first 20 minutes," Stara said. "Then we fatigued. "We went man-for-man with them in the midfield in the second half."

Howard (5-2, 0-2) likes to work the ball creatively at midfield, but didn't have much room to operate in the second half.

"We became very defensive in the second half," Kelley said. "They took away our midfield space."

Howard often packed seven players back, and as many as nine that half.

"Centennial has a lot of speed and they know how to use it," Kelley said. "Green and Sackett played their best games of the season for us."

One play that might have turned the tide in Howard's favor was a shot by Chris Dodson in the first 10 minutes of the game.

Dodson took advantage of a rare Centennial defensive lapse to slip inside and get an open shot at the 6-yard line on the right side. Yetso anticipated the shot and dove right and Dodson had a wide open net, but his left-footer rolled across the front of the goal without going in.

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