Centennial ends Westminster streak Regular-season non-losing streak stood at 37 games

Field hockey

September 16, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Centennial put two teams on the field at Westminster yesterday. The first one, according to the coach, was an embarrassment.

The second was the same group that came to life after halftime to produce a 2-1 victory and end the home team's regular-season 37-game non-losing streak that dated to the start of the 1995 season.

Senior Jill Seewagen scored both Centennial goals, opening the scoring less than two minutes into the second half off a pass from Caitlin Marshall. Then she broke a 1-1 tie with a partially screened shot that had the right angle into the far corner of the cage with 8 minutes, 51 seconds left.

"We had only beaten Westminster once before in 15 years. And since I've been sick the last three days, I thought I could just come up and sit on the end of the bench," Centennial coach Gail Purcell said, "but the way we played that first half, I just had to get excited to get them going.

"We were very flat. lethargic, in the first half, and at halftime I told them I was embarrassed by their performance."

Seewagen said, "She got us fired up. I thought we were very aggressive in the second half."

Her first goal, from the far post, came suddenly off a pass from Marshall. The second developed slowly and "I found myself with the shot," she said. "I hit it and the ball somehow made it through."

Emily White, Westminster's senior goalkeeper and a second-team All-Metro selection last year, said: "I don't know, but I must have been screened a bit, because I didn't see the ball until the last second. Maybe I didn't react quickly enough, I'm not sure."

This marked the second victory for Centennial (3-2) over a ranked team this season. The Owls (1-1) were ranked No. 2 and the Eagles had opened with a 3-2 win over then-No. 8 Bel Air.

Westminster dominated the first half, including getting 10 corners, but came away with nothing. "We had our opportunities," said coach Brenda Baker. "I thought we played aggressively; we just didn't pick the open spots."

Senior Michele Winebrunner scored Westminster's goal seven minutes into the second half, after a successive pair of penalty corners.

Both goalkeepers were extremely active and had outstanding games. For Centennial, junior Donna Boccuzzi ended with 29 saves, 22 of them in the first half, and White had eight.

Boccuzzi was ably assisted by two sophomore defenders, Nicole Simon and Laura Gaudio.

Pub Date: 9/16/98

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