40-yard break puts Wildecats by Centennial No. 7 Eagles lose in league for 1st time in three years

September 28, 1996|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Soccer coaches always are looking for the person who can finish. Wilde Lake's Amanda Berman is such a player. Yesterday, she put away defending Howard County champion and Class 3A state titlist Centennial.

"All in all, we made one crucial mistake," said Centennial co-coach Mike Senisi after the 1-0 loss at Centennial. "But when you make one mistake and Amanda is on the other end, it's going to cost you."

Berman's breakaway goal past sophomore goalie Danielle Martin with 7: 14 left in the first half stood up as the 15th-ranked Wildecats (2-2) handed the No. 7 Eagles (0-2) their first loss against a county opponent in three years.

"I wanted this really bad," said Berman, whose team lost to Centennial by the identical score last season. "It was one of my goals to beat Centennial before I graduated."

Both teams entered the game with different problems. Centennial senior Lauren Molinaro, twice an All-Metro soccer selection and two-time county Player of the Year, has not played in either game and is out indefinitely with a back injury.

Molinaro, a center midfielder, is the heart of the team, and the young Eagles miss her leadership, maturity, and excellent ball-handling skills.

"She's a real important aspect of the team, and it's hard to play without her," said junior Kristen Dinisio. "But we're going to have to learn to do that."

Centennial's starting stopper, Cara Pulliam, did not start because of an injured toe, and played only briefly.

Wilde Lake, which has played four ranked teams to start the season, lost Wednesday to 13th-ranked Fallston, 6-0. Co-coaches Anita and Roy Andersch told the team Thursday that they were considering lineup changes, but changed their minds after players asked them not to do so.

"I'm glad we didn't," Anita said. "I'm very proud of our team. They played with a lot of heart."

Wilde Lake goalie Jamie Marcus started the Wildecats' scoring play when her punt sailed past the midfield line and over the heads of Berman and Dinisio.

Dinisio was in front of Berman, because she thought teammate Mandy Zachmann was behind her. But Zachmann was to the side.Berman took control of the ball and, with Dinisio chasing her, dribbled 40 yards to score.

Centennial, which outshot Wilde Lake 16-9, almost scored on Jane Williams' header with five minutes left. But fullback Mo McGrain, who played with a back brace, blocked it with her body.

Pub Date: 9/28/96

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