Centennial ends Mt. Hebron's 30-game county streak Midfield dominance gives Eagles 17-11 win, first over Vikings since 1994

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May 01, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Centennial ended three-time defending Howard County champion Mount Hebron's 30-game county winning streak yesterday at Centennial, 17-11.

By dominating the midfield and getting an exceptional effort from goalkeeper Mike Schmidt, the veteran Eagles team also ended their five-game losing streak to No. 14-ranked Mount Hebron. They had not beaten the Vikings since 1994.

The victory moved No. 15-ranked Centennial (9-1 overall, 8-0 league) into sole possession of first place with one league game BTC left against Glenelg on Monday. Centennial's last county title was in 1994, when the Eagles shared it with Glenelg and Oakland Mills.

"Except for our guys, I don't think anyone else thought we could win today," Centennial coach Mike Siegert said. "We've had some great senior groups in the past. Some of them played up to their expectations. Some didn't. Before the game, we talked about what they wanted their legacy to be."

Centennial won 23 of 32 faceoffs, with P.J. Paolisso winning 10 of 14, Justin Vettori winning six of 10, and Eric Jones winning seven of eight.

"Ball possession is huge, and they had it a lot more than we did," Mount Hebron coach Jeff Doolan said. "They dominated the middle of the field on transitions, clears and rides. Their midfielders are great athletes, and they scored a lot of transition goals."

The one transition goal that hurt most was scored by Paolisso with 1: 38 left in the third quarter. Mount Hebron (7-5, 7-1) had scored four straight goals to pull within three at 12-9. The Vikings then missed three straight shots, including a one-on-one, and the Eagles blunted Mount Hebron's momentum by scoring on a fast break with Randall Calvert passing to Paolisso for a goal.

Drew Cothran then scored on a pass from Calvert 16 seconds into the fourth quarter for a 14-9 Centennial lead.

From the last minute of the first quarter through the second minute of the third quarter, Centennial produced a 9-1 run that shattered Mount Hebron's hopes.

Schmidt made 16 saves for Centennial. Mount Hebron's All-County keeper Pat McClammer made 11.

Centennial's red-team midfield consists of Paolisso (three goals, three assists), Calvert (two goals, two assists) and Cothran (three goals, one assist). The Eagles' white-team midfield is made up of Jones (two goals, one assist), Justin Worley (one goal, one assist) and Vettori.

Mount Hebron's All-American attackman Kyle Campbell scored three goals and had four assists.

"We just wanted to play hard and earn respect," said Paolisso.

Pub Date: 5/01/98

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