Catholic finds form, forces Centennial into errors, 4-0 loss No. 1 Cubs take 13th win, as Brooks tallies twice

Girls soccer

October 09, 1997|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Top-ranked Catholic had struggled recently, but after the Cubs scored a convincing 4-0 victory over Centennial yesterday at Herring Run Park, coach Jerry Dieter smiled and said just two words about his team:

"They're back."

The Cubs certainly played one of their best games in recent days. Nicole Brooks scored twice while Allison Merkle and Rebecca Bieneman each had a goal and an assist as Catholic (13-0-1) dominated a good Centennial team.

Dieter said the team's tough schedule and injuries have hurt. But the coach liked what he saw in this game, one that saw Catholic constantly pressure Centennial (4-3-1) -- so much that the Eagles actually knocked in a pair of own-goals.

"They went away for awhile but they're back," said Dieter, who is giving his team a break until Monday. "There are no easy teams in the Catholic League. We were a little flat [recently], but we kept the pressure on in this game."

Said Merkle, "It's hard to be up for every single game, but we know now that we have to be up for every single game."

The Cubs outshot the Eagles 14-6 and came up with several scoring chances. They scored on their first, when Alison Healey sent a corner kick into the box, and Merkle headed it in at 3: 02.

Brooks nearly scored later in the half when Natalie Loftus fed her with a perfect cross, but sweeper Allison Woods cleared it from in front of the goal.

Then Centennial began having trouble. Bieneman crossed the ball into the center from the left side, and Centennial's Kristen Dinisio accidentally knocked it into the goal with 6: 30 left in the half. Bieneman got credit for the score.

The Cubs stepped up the pressure after the break but didn't score until Brooks chipped a shot in with 4: 30 left. Bieneman broke in alone, and goalie Erica Neiman slid for the stop but Brooks popped the ball over the keeper into the open net.

The final goal, with two minutes left, also was an own-goal. Brooks fired a shot that Woods tried to clear, but the ball went into the net. Brooks got credit for the score.

Centennial had few scoring chances.

"They won the ball in the air a lot," said Centennial coach Mike Senisi. "They just beat us to the ball a lot."

No. 4 Fallston 3, Bel Air 1: Erika Nueser scored two second-half goals to lead the Cougars (10-2) over the Bobcats (6-3) in Harford County league play. Jen Schuerholz scored Fallston's other goal.

Pub Date: 10/09/97

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