Centennial's Ward in a zone

October 18, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

In field hockey, scoring two or three goals can add up to a great week for an attack player. But last week, Centennial's Emily Ward racked up six.

In a phenomenal display of scoring ability, Ward had a hand in nine of the Eagles' 10 goals for the week. Her three-goal, %J one-assist performance Friday in a 4-0 win over Hammond capped a week that included two goals and an assist in a 3-0 win over C. Milton Wright Tuesday and one goal and an assist in a 3-1 win over Howard Wednesday.

The senior right wing has helped a usually balanced team remain unbeaten and move up to No. 3. This week, Centennial can all but clinch the Howard County title with a win at second-place Atholton Thursday at 3:15 p.m.

More Eagle eyes

Centennial's girls soccer team has boasted amazingly balanced scoring through the early season, but the big guns took over last week.

Michelle Clare and Lauren Molinaro combined to finish off or set up six of the team's eight goals as the No. 5 Eagles remained unbeaten and claimed sole possession of first place in Howard County.

Clare, a junior forward, and Molinaro, a sophomore midfielder, joined forces on the game winner in Friday's 1-0 overtime victory against defending county champ Wilde Lake. Clare had the goal and Molinaro, the assist.

In a 2-0 win over Hammond last Tuesday, Clare had a goal and an assist. Molinaro scored two goals and Clare had one in Wednesday's 5-1 romp at Franklin.

"Home" field advantage

The home field advantage has held up for Wilde Lake's girls soccer team all season even though "home" is across town from the school's temporary residence at River Hill.

The No. 9 Wildecats (6-3) have won every game at their new home, Howard Community College. That home-away-from-home-field advantage bodes well for the rest of the Wildecats' season since they finish up by playing host to Atholton today, Howard Thursday and Mount Hebron in the Oct. 25 regular-season finale.

All of the Wildecats' losses have come on the road against teams ranked in the top five -- overtime setbacks to No. 4 Fallston and No. 5 Centennial as well as a 5-1 loss to No. 2 (but then-No. 1) McDonogh.

Friday's 1-0 loss to Centennial may have cost the Wildecats a chance to repeat as Howard County champs.

The bouncing ball

Howard High will host the blind draw for positions in the regional volleyball playoffs on Oct. 30 at 2 p.m.

Maryland lottery machines with the individual school names printed on the balls will be used to fill out the regional playoff brackets. Each bracket includes 16 positions. If a region has fewer teams, some teams will receive byes.

The same kind of blind draw will determine the regional opponents for girls and boys soccer. North County High, in Anne Arundel County, will host the draw on Oct. 23 at 2 p.m.

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