Hammond ends the reign of Centennial, 1-0

Workman's goal drops defending state champs

Class 2A South girls soccer

November 06, 1999|By Stan Rappaport

Sophomore Melissa Workman scored with 15 minutes remaining in regulation to give Hammond a 1-0 soccer victory over 10th-ranked and defending state champion Centennial in a Class 2A South region semifinal game yesterday at Hammond.

Hammond (10-5-1), which won the Class 1A state title last season, will face 11th-ranked Mount Hebron, a 4-0 winner over Southern-AA, in the region final.

"We're playing our best soccer right now. Everyone is playing with confidence," said Hammond coach Pete Di Marco.

Hammond's game-winning play started when midfielder Martha Bielefeld, with her back to the opponent's goal, kicked the ball high into the air. Megan Blair settled the ball around the 30-yard line, then "just kicked it hard" toward the center. Workman took possession and her low-driving shot toward the near post eluded the outstretched hands of goalie Erica Niemann.

Centennial (9-5-1), which had beaten Hammond, 2-1, Oct. 1, had two byes and had not played in 10 days.

"It was a tough game," Di Marco said. "[Goalie] Tara [Zammichieli] made some spectacular saves, and we got the one goal we needed."

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