Centennial retains hope with 2-1 win No. 8 Eagles score upset over No. 7 Mount Hebron

Boys soccer

October 21, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

It's not over until it's over. That's how Centennial feels about its chances of extending its string of consecutive Howard County championships to seven.

The No. 8-ranked Eagles, who in preseason evaluations by county coaches were counted out as possible champs, are headed to the final regular-season game Wednesday with hopes of a title still alive after they came from behind to defeat No. 7-ranked Mount Hebron yesterday, 2-1.

Centennial (8-2-1 overall, 6-1-1 league) must defeat Glenelg and hope that Hammond upsets or ties River Hill, which has a league-leading 7-1 record.

Coach Ron Martin's Eagles knocked guest Mount Hebron (6-3-1, 5-3) out of title contention by scoring goals in the 64th and 79th minutes after the Vikings had taken a 1-0 lead in the 55th minute.

Chris Moe scored the game-winner from close range off his body after Matt Hewitt beat two defenders around the corner and sent a cross from 10 yards out.

"They were a lot faster than us," Hewitt said. "We just take the ball to the corner and put it across and that's how we've scored most of our goals."

Eagles freshman Nate Zachman kicked back a ball from 15 yards out that had deflected off Vikings goalkeeper Tom Wunk for the tying goal. It began on a shot by Stu Kessler and was Zachman's first goal this season.

After the tying goal, Mount Hebron had two excellent chances to go ahead again, but Centennial goalkeeper Mike Dramby made two crucial saves.

The second one was on a penalty kick by Matt Midura in the 75th minute. The kick was low and to Dramby's left. Dramby made his move early, guessing correctly, which caused Mount Hebron coach Scott Conroy to declare: "Dramby played a great game."

Christian Chacon's header at the far post off Pete Lindahl's left-footed corner kick gave Mount Hebron its 1-0 lead. It was Chacon's third goal this season.

Pub Date: 10/21/97

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