Centennial wears down Broadneck

November 09, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

No. 1 Centennial (13-0-2) won its fourth straight regional championship last night by beating No. 10 Broadneck, 1-0, in double overtime in the Class 3A East Region championship game.

The Eagles pinned back Broadneck's defense for almost the entire game, but was unable to score until Brian West's kick with 5:15 left in the second 10-minute sudden-death overtime beat Broadneck goalkeeper Andy Chambless (18 saves).

West (six goals, nine assists) took a throw-in from Kumi Walker, beat one man who slid into him, turned and saw that the goalkeeper was out. Then he blasted a shot a few yards inside the near post from 10 yards out.

"He [Chambless] thought I was going to cross it," West said.

Centennial coach Bill Stara and his team were frustrated by a Bruins defense that bent but would not break through regulation.

"We knew it would take a great individual effort to score and that's what Brian gave us. It was a rocket," he said.

Broadneck (11-3-1) entered the game with 10 shutouts. The Bruins were outshot, 20-4, and Centennial goalkeeper Brock Yetso nearly had the night off with one save.

Broadneck's defensive line gave Chambless one major assist after another by clearing shots on the back line. But Chambless also turned in some excellent saves.

"We pushed them into a shell and they put everyone back and I don't begrudge them that," Stara said. "They did what they had to do and played well. Their fullbacks kept the game close."

Centennial created one scoring opportunity after another, including 11 corner kicks.

"It was frustrating," Centennial midfielder Doug Ulman said. "We played well but if it had gone to penalty kicks all it would have taken to lose was one lucky kick."

Centennial, which recorded its ninth shutout, won state championships in 1991 and 1992 before losing to Whitman last season in the Class 3A finals.

The Eagles expect to play Whitman in the state semifinal Friday at Magruder at 7 p.m.

"I'm just proud to get a chance to play this team [Centennial]," Chambless said. "People didn't think much of us in the preseason but we played our hearts out."

"We wanted to attack, but we had no offense. It was just a great honor to make it to double overtime against a nationally ranked team."

Centennial is ranked No. 22 in the UMBRO national coaches poll.

West had an excellent chance to win the game late in regulation but Chambless made a diving block of a hard shot and West's rebound was off to the left.

Broadneck also had a chance on the last play of regulation with a free kick in front of the goal that was high.

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