No. 3 Centennial flattens Old Mill, 4-0

November 13, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

No. 11 Old Mill learned last night what happens to a team that lets No. 3 Centennial's midfield run wild.

Centennial's dominating halfback combination of Lauren Molinaro and Shara Boonshaft sparked the Eagles to a 4-0 win over Old Mill in a state Class 3A-4A semifinal at Catonsville Community College.

The Eagles, who lost in the state semifinals last year, advance to Saturday's 8 p.m. championship game at North County against Perry Hall. The No. 13-ranked Gators, who earlier knocked off defending champ Dulaney, beat No. 4 Severna Park, 1-0, in the other semifinal.

Last night, Molinaro also provided some offense, scoring two goals including a first-half header off a Boonshaft corner kick. Michelle Clare and Jen Coulson had the other two goals.

But it was not the big offensive night nor the 10th shutout recorded by the defense that powered Centennial's victory.

The Eagles (17-0) so overwhelmed the Patriots in the midfield that Old Mill did not take a shot in the first half.

"We did not control the ball at all in the midfield," said Old Mill coach Bruce Sponsler. "When they can run at midfield like they do and control the ball at midfield like they do with their close game, it makes for a long night."

The Eagles used the wider field to spread their players and work the short passing game.

"There's more room in the middle of the field, so Lauren and Shara were really able to control the ball and get more time to make better passes," said Eagles co-coach Kevin Flynn. "We were able to control the ball and when we do that, we usually do good things."

Still, the Eagles only had a 1-0 halftime lead. Old Mill (12-5) came out stronger in the second half, but Molinaro added her second goal seven minutes into the half.

The Patriots' Jennifer Mazzola had a great angle coming in from the wing with nine minutes left but she blasted the ball over the goal.

On the counterattack, Clare took a left-footed shot from about 25 yards out that sailed over keeper Stephanie Rose (four saves) and into the net.

Old Mill's best threat came next on an indirect kick at the top of the box with just over seven minutes left. Kerri Eland tapped it to Carina Sonberg for the shot, but Eagles keeper Rima Sidhu batted it away and then recovered to save another shot off the rebound.

The Eagles scored their final goal on a quick passing series that started in the defensive end and ended when Clare fed Coulson for the goal.

Defensively, Sidhu (four saves) and speedy sweeper Tania Riismandel anchored a defense that has allowed just one goal in the playoffs. Credit for that also goes to backs Gina DiNisio, Sarah Bartholomew and Tiffany Cronin.

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