Centennial misses out on goals but not state title after 0-0 tie

B-CC gets no shots on goal as two named co-champs

Class 2A girls soccer

November 18, 2001|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

Yesterday's Class 2A girls soccer final at UMBC between Centennial and Bethesda-Chevy Chase had nearly all the ingredients necessary for a championship clash: great defense, perfect passing, an exceptionally skilled midfielder and an emotional finish. Only one thing was missing.

Goals.

Over 80 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtimes, neither team could get one. So, in accordance with Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association rules, the 0-0 tie meant the Eagles and Barons were co-champions.

It was Centennial's sixth state title, Bethesda-Chevy Chase's first. Each team left with a first-place trophy, but very different emotions.

"I know some of our girls are upset, but I'm not," said Eagles coach Mike Senisi. "This is still a great accomplishment, being co-champs. We played real well and had more chances than they did, we just couldn't find the net today."

The Barons (13-2) felt pretty good about the outcome, which they should have, considering they didn't have a shot on goal the entire game. Bethesda-Chevy Chase had a few crosses and two corner kicks that Centennial keeper Betsy Smith had to snag out of the air, but no real scoring threats.

"I think we're a little disappointed right now," Smith said. "We're happy we're champs, but at the same time, we felt like we outplayed them. They had a good defense, but they didn't have a lot of chances."

In fact, most of the Barons' day was spent chasing after Eagles freshman Hayley Siegel.

"We really didn't control the play tonight, Centennial did," said Barons first-year coach Robert Kurtz. "Their midfielder, Siegel, was just a stud. She's going to be a great player for a long time. But our defense held up every time they put pressure on us, which was often. I was pleased with the outcome."

Despite not getting a shot on goal for the first 15 minutes, Centennial ended up with 16, but few of them put much heat on Barons sophomore keeper Mary Creighton. Eagles senior Sam Test fired a shot right at Creighton in the 48th minute, and Julie Ritcher did the same in the 70th, but both times Creighton made the save.

Late in the second overtime, Siegel weaved her way through four defenders inside the box for what looked like an open shot, but it was deflected at the last minute by Emily Forline, who had a great game on defense for the Barons.

"We should have scored," said Ritcher, who was also a member of the Eagles' last state championship team in 1998. "We had more opportunities, but we couldn't capitalize. I don't think penalty kicks is a good way to settle it, though, so I guess co-champs is OK. I think we did better than we ever expected to do this year, so we have a lot to be proud of."

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