B-CC demolishes Centennial, 5-0 'They were phenomenal,' says county champs' coach

Field hockey

November 06, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

BETHESDA -- The look on Gail Purcell's face was of disbelief and awe.

"What hit us?" asked the Centennial coach after Bethesda-Chevy Chase handed the seventh-ranked Eagles a 5-0 defeat in the Class 2A West region championship yesterday at B-CC. "Was that a truck? This team could beat some colleges. They were phenomenal."

The Barons (15-2), ranked No. 3 in the Washington area, advanced to the state tournament for the 12th straight year. They have won seven state titles, including the Class 3A in 1994 and the Class 2A the last three years.

B-CC, which has 11 seniors (six of them starters), displayed its superior skills from the start and never let up.

"They perform at a different level than we do," said Purcell. "This had nothing to do with how we played. It had to do with superior ability."

Said Centennial senior midfielder Liz Kurpe: "That's the best team I've ever seen."

B-CC coach Amy Wood, whose team has scored 67 goals and allowed three, said yesterday's game was one of its best of the season.

"We clicked," said Wood, whose six-year record at B-CC is 89-7-3. "Our passing was incredible."

It certainly was.

"Their small game is phenomenal," Purcell said. "They look to make every pass count. Everything is planned. There is nothing haphazard."

Added Kurpe: "They're very fast and hustle to the ball. And they know how to move the ball around the defense."

B-CC, which scored early in playoff wins against Francis Scott Key and River Hill, did the same against Centennial (14-3). Goals by Mary Havell (2: 56 into the game) and Katie Bergman (8: 01) gave the Barons a commanding lead. B-CC, which outshot Centennial, 17-6, and had 10 corners to one for the Eagles, took a commanding 3-0 into halftime.

Centennial players cried after the game.

"We had a tremendous season, and we didn't want to see it end," Kurpe said. "That's why it's rough."

Purcell said that losing like the Eagles did was better then dropping a close game.

"If you're going to lose a game, I'd rather lose a game decisively like that against a team with great skills," said Purcell, whose team won the county championship with a perfect 9-0 record.

She added: "This has been a super season for us. There's nothing this team could have done better. They played to their potential all year. I'm very proud of them."

Poolesville 1, No. 15 Hammond 0: Tara Abbaticho scored five minutes before halftime, giving Poolesville the Class 1A West region championship over visiting Hammond (10-3-1).

"They controlled two-thirds of the game," said Hammond coach Gay Petrlik. "We had some good opportunities to score, but we didn't succeed." Added Petrlik: I thought we hung with them skill-wise, but the intensity was a notch higher for them."

Adrienne Fenemore played well on attack, and goalie Erin Chrapaty, Jessica Garvey, Lauren Clark and Christina Braganza held their own defensively.

Girls soccer

Unranked St. Mary's upset top-ranked John Carroll, 3-2, in overtime yesterday and will play No. 2-ranked McDonogh for the Catholic League title at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Goucher College. McDonogh shut out No. 3 Notre Dame Prep, 3-0, in yesterday's other tournament semifinal.

Pub Date: 11/06/98

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