No. 5 Mount Hebron stifles Centennial's offense, 11-1 Rutkowski's five goals power Vikings' attack

April 24, 1996|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

In its past two games, Centennial scored 41 goals.

Yesterday, the Eagles scored one.

Must have played Mount Hebron.

"I don't know what it is about Hebron," said Centennial's Becca Armiger. "We get intimidated for no reason. How can you score 25 goals in one game and score one in another?"

Defense is a good place to start. The fifth-ranked Vikings controlled the midfield and got strong goaltending from Kristen Foster and Amy Jagoda to defeat the Eagles, 11-1, at Mount Hebron.

"Our defense was the key today," said Mount Hebron coach Chris Robinson, whose defensive unit has allowed just 51 goals in 10 games. "Since the Roland Park game, our defense has stepped up and played smart."

Junior Kyle Rutkowski had her second five-goal game of the season, junior Cecelia Randazzo and senior Julie Kickham had two goals apiece. But it was the Mount Hebron defense, and controlling most of the draws, that made it such a one-sided game.

"We wanted to try and shut them down in transition," said Foster.

When Centennial (4-4, 2-1) did get the ball down field, the Vikings (9-1, 3-0) were ready.

"When they did get the ball down, our double teams were on and our midfielders came back to help out," said Mount Hebron defender Brigitte Goss.

Rutkowski led the offense with several fine individual efforts. She was "surprised" the Eagles didn't double-team her near the goal, and took advantage of it.

"Today was an indication of the confidence she's gained," Robinson said. "She's become one of our big-time players."

For Centennial, which was expected to give seven-time county champion Mount Hebron its toughest competition, the loss was tough to swallow.

"I'm embarrassed," said Centennial coach Gail Purcell. "I'm really embarrassed because this is the best team we've had in a long time and Mount Hebron is not as strong as it has been the last three years.

"We were never in this game. We couldn't do anything."

Mount Hebron, winner of four straight state titles, has beaten Centennial the past two years in the region final. Even though the Vikings dominated yesterday, Robinson is taking nothing for granted should they meet again in the playoffs.

"They are still dangerous," said Robinson. "I would have expected a closer game today, but we won't overlook them next time."

Said Armiger: "I think it will be different next time."

Pub Date: 4/23/96

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