No. 1 Centennial shuts down No. 5 Wright, 3-0

September 14, 1995|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

"Long. Hard. Painful."

Those are the words that C. Milton Wright senior goalkeeper Tim Hilyard, who made 14 saves, used to describe his fifth-ranked Mustangs' 3-0 loss to No. 1 Centennial yesterday.

The same teams met in the state Class 3A championship game last season and the Eagles also won that one.

"This Centennial team is better than last year's," Hilyard said. "They've found more weapons than just [Brian] West and [Matt] Stephenson. That was the best team I've ever faced."

Stephenson scored the first goal off a nice pass from Matt Laycock in the 13th minute. But West, marked by Ryan Nelson, was held scoreless.

The other goals came off stellar individual efforts by Cory Piette (52nd minute) and Andrew Peverly (75th minute).

Piette made a beautiful turnaround move and booted the ball 30 yards into the upper corner. Peverly displayed good hustle bringing the ball down and running through a defender. His 17-yard shot was also a turnaround move after he settled a loose ball.

"All of our goals were good -- not easy ones," Centennial coach Bill Stara said.

West missed two good opportunities partly because he rushed his shots, and partly because Hilyard made a nice hand save on one of them.

"The first game everything seems as though it is going 100 mph," Stara said. "That's why West missed two shots he had time on."

Although it was Centennial's opener, for the visiting Mustangs it was their third game. They had beaten Parkville, 4-0, and lost to No. 2 Calvert Hall, 2-1, on a shot with three seconds left in the second overtime period.

Although Centennial's offense pressured Hilyard repeatedly, the defense smothered C. Milton Wright's offense.

"Their defensive pressure didn't allow us to connect. They were so quick," Mustangs coach Paul Snyder said.

"Their left side was impenetrable. [Kumi] Walker was absolutely outstanding on that left side."

Centennial had tied C. Milton Wright each of the past two seasons and was determined to start better this season.

The Eagles came out playing with championship intensity.

"We came out more slowly," Hilyard said. "They were more focused."

Snyder chided his team after the game for losing its composure and its focus and allowing a third goal.

The Mustangs were yanking on Centennial jerseys and doing some unnecessary tripping, including a trip of West in the box that resulted in a penalty kick. But Laycock, who took the kick, missed, hitting the right post.

Snyder told his team: "We're not going to see a team this good until the state semifinals against Churchill. It was a long and arduous job but you have to stay focused. We lost our composure."

Centennial goalkeeper Christian Lewis made his first start as he tried to replace All-Metro Player of the Year Brock Yetso.

"He did well," Stara said. "He made all the simple saves. "They didn't present a real threat up top."

* Curley 5, Gilman 1: Curley's five-year, home unbeaten streak rose to 33-0-1 yesterday as All-Metro striker Giuliano Celenza scored four times and Jamie Becker once to lift the No. 3 Friars (1-0) over No. 7 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference rival Gilman (3-2).

Evan Kreitzer scored Gilman's lone goal to tie the game in the first half as the Greyhounds lost their second straight game.

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