No. 1 Roland Park puts away Centennial, 11-6

April 03, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Facing No. 1 Roland Park in yesterday's season opener was difficult enough, but No. 14 Centennial made it tougher by missing out on some early opportunities.

Through the first nine minutes, the visiting Eagles controlled everything. They took six shots and scarfed up six Roland Park turnovers, but they could not convert any of those chances. Once the Reds (3-0) got rolling, they scored three straight and never trailed en route to an 11-6 victory.

"If we had done something in the beginning, this game could have been different," said Becca Armiger, who led the Eagles with three goals. "We weren't taking very good shots. We were intimidated and we didn't have any reason to be."

Reds All-Metro goalie Melissa Coyne held off the Eagles while her team, playing without four sick or injured starters, struggled to get its passing game together. She had five saves against the first six shots and finished with 14 saves.

Teresa Cabanilla, the Eagles' first-year senior keeper, also had a fine outing making 10 saves -- three good ones early on. However, when Cabanilla misfired on a clear 12 minutes into the game, Reds midfielder Kristin Raneri came up with the ground ball and fed Emily Lough for the first goal.

Lauren Miller and Hedy Born made it 3-0 before Centennial (0-1) could put one past Coyne. Gina Dinisio and Armiger quickly cut the Reds' lead to one, but the Reds struck twice in the final minute of the half. Lizzy Bennett scored the first of her three goals on a free position with 54 seconds to go and Betsy Gaines controlled the next draw to feed Abby Bowers with 21 seconds left.

Allison Altscher opened the second half with a transition goal to make it 5-3, but the Reds answered with four goals in five #F minutes.

This afternoon, the Reds probably will need a quicker start to contend with No. 3 Garrison Forest, the only team to beat them last year.

Pub Date: 4/03/96

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