Wilde Lake scores late to deadlock Centennial Battle of ranked teams goes to OT, ends in 1-1 tie

October 16, 1997|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

After taking an early one-goal lead against visiting Wilde Lake, Centennial dropped more men back on defense in the second half. That strategy worked -- until the final minute.

Ian Rodway scored on a 15-yard shot with 36 seconds left in regulation, and No. 4-ranked Wilde Lake went on to a 1-1 overtime tie with No. 9 Centennial in a Howard County game yesterday.

Wilde Lake (6-1-2, 4-1-1) fell behind early when Mike Martin scored for Centennial (7-2-1, 5-1-1) at the 9-minute mark. But after a fairly even first half, the Wildecats stepped up the pressure and began to make things happen.

"In the first half, we weren't quite pulling it off," said Wilde Lake coach Dave Nesbitt.

But the Wildecats certainly did in the second half. They used better ball movement to help create a number of scoring chances. Rodway, Michael Dello-Russo, Matt Shapiro and Chris Matheson were at the center of several opportunities.

"They're a little quicker than we are," said Centennial coach Ron Martin. "We just gave them too many balls, but they worked hard for their goal."

Andy Chung started the game-tying play by heading a pass right to the left foot of Rodway, who forced overtime by blasting a shot into the upper left corner.

"I was just trying to put it on goal," said Rodway, a freshman. "We just kept on going forward [in the second half] but couldn't get good shots."

The Wildecats got some more good shots during the two 10-minute overtime periods. Dello-Russo sent a nice pass to Josh Mazalewski, but Centennial goalkeeper Mike Dramby (11 saves) caught the header.

Rodway then broke in alone, but Dramby raced out and beat the Wildecat to the loose ball. Moments later, Bobby Ratcliffe fired a 10-yard shot just wide.

Centennial got strong play on defense from Pat Lee, Nate Zachman and Tim Kaufman in addition to Dramby. The Eagles were effective in clearing the ball, especially under pressure from Wilde Lake.

The Wildecats also played tough defense. Lars Berg was all over the field, and goalie Nick Parypinsk (11 saves) shut down the Centennial offense for much of the game.

"We were pleased to get the lead early," said Martin. "But they put it in the net."

Pub Date: 10/16/97

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