No. 1 River Hill slips by No. 2 Centennial in OT

Own goal dooms Eagles vs. unbeaten Hawks, 2-1

Boys soccer

High Schools

October 13, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Few teams are better then River Hill at playing cat-and-mouse with defenders and kicking the ball off them to earn corner kicks. And few teams are better at scoring off corner kicks and long throw-ins than the No.1 Hawks of Howard County.

So, it was no surprise that River Hill defeated second-ranked Centennial yesterday, 2-1, off a corner kick in the fourth minute of overtime.

The only surprises were that it took so long, and that the game-winner was an "own" goal -- it went in the net off a Centennial player.

The Hawks (7-0-1, 6-0 Howard County) took three corner kicks and six long throw-ins during the final 21 minutes of regulation but came up empty on the nine dangerous scoring opportunities.

"We knew that their right back was weak, and we exposed him time and again," Hawks coach Bill Stara said. "Overall, Centennial played a good game and we've been looking forward to it. We like playing games that make you have butterflies."

The Hawks and Stara had plenty of butterflies after Jason Finney failed to put away a beautiful cross to the far post from Kristian Kompare in the fifth minute.

"That goal would have changed the whole complexion of the game," Stara said.

And they had even more butterflies when Centennial (6-3, 4-2) scored first in the 12th minute on a second header by Tim Lane, whose first header deflected off the goalkeeper. Randy Collins assisted on the goal.

River Hill, which has beaten Centennial in five of seven games between the schools, didn't trail for long

In the 16th minute, Franco Fiorio kicked in a loose ball in front of the goal after a long throw-in.

Kompare patiently won a cat-and-mouse game with Garrett Anderson in the right corner, finally kicking the ball off Anderson to earn the Hawks' first and final corner kick in overtime.

Matt Boras hit the corner kick to Brian Walter, whose shot was deflected and rolled barely past Centennial goalkeeper Andy Wilhelm at the far post. Justin Hughes gathered in the loose ball, pushed it back and crossed it over the middle. Centennial's Will Pippen, defending the far post, accidentally kicked it in.

It was Centennial's third straight loss this week after opening the season with six straight wins.

"It's been a pretty tough week," Eagles coach Jim Zehe said about the losses to Glenelg, Dulaney and River Hill. "We played well in five of the six halves."

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