Centennial extends mastery over South Carroll with 1-0 victory

October 29, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

Trailing 1-0 at the half, South Carroll pressed and pressed some more. But the frustration the Centennial Eagles have brought the Cavaliers two of the past three years didn't go away.

Katie Garrity's goal five minutes into the game stood with Centennial's sturdy defense turning back countless South Carroll rushes in the second half last night in Winfield.

The Eagles' 1-0 win in the Class 3A-4A West region opener was the third time in four years they ended South Carroll's season in the playoffs.

No. 5 Centennial (13-0) next will travel to Franklin on Wednesday afternoon. No. 7 South Carroll finishes at 11-2.

"We came in real focused. We read the paper where they said they were going to end our season and we didn't want it to happen," said Centennial co-coach Dave Greenberg.

Garrity tapped home the game's only goal off a short feed from Michelle Clare in front of the South Carroll goal. Jen Coulson started the play with some nifty work along the right side before sending a cross to Clare along the near post.

After Centennial outplayed the Cavaliers for the better part of the first half, the Cavaliers made their charge in the second half.

Senior Amber Clutter, Carroll County's all-time leader in goals, did all she could along with Lindsey Vosloh, Anne Schaeffer and Amy Martinez. But none could get anything by a stingy Centennial defense led by sweeper Tania Riismandel and goalie Rima Sidhu.

"This game was worthy of a state championship game. Anyone who missed it missed a great game," said South Carroll coach Jim Horn.

South Carroll's second-half flurry started two minutes in when Vosloh sent a low cross to a sliding Clutter, who just couldn't quite get a leg on it.

The Cavaliers then had six straight corner kick opportunities in a span of five minutes, but couldn't convert on any of them.

Their best chance came a bit later when Clutter hit a direct kick from 25 yards out that appeared headed for the lower left corner, but Sidhu made the diving save.

"We always feel comfortable with Rima back there. She's a good keeper, but often goes unnoticed because of our offense," said Greenberg. "We knew [South Carroll] would be pressing down by a goal in the last game, They really got after it."

Centennial countered with few opportunities in the second half, the best coming midway through when Jennifer Hargett hit the post from 10 yards out, but the Cavaliers were simply worn out in the later stages of the game.

"We were much more relaxed in the first 20 minutes of the second half. In the last 20, you could see our shots just didn't have and we started rushing them a little," Horn said.

"I'm so proud of our kids. They gave everything they had and left everything on the line."

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