Centennial finishes off Mount Hebron, 4-1

Continuing red-hot streak, Paizs has 2 goals, 2 assists

Girls soccer

High School

September 25, 2002|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

With each soccer game, the Centennial girls are putting their early season finishing troubles further and further behind them.

Yesterday against county rival Mount Hebron, the visiting Eagles scored three times in the first 17 minutes, with forward Mandy Paizs having a hand in each of them.

The speedy sophomore assisted freshman Brittany Kelley on the game's first two goals and then scored two of her own in the first half as the No. 3 Eagles parlayed a quick start into a commanding 4-1 victory over the No. 14 Vikings.

Paizs has scored in four straight games and now has eight goals and four assists for the Eagles (5-0-2, 3-0 in conference). In last week's 2-0 victory over Glenelg, she netted both goals.

Her recent surge has come after Eagles coach Mike Senisi challenged his team to start finishing its chances with more consistency.

"When he [Senisi] said we needed players to step it up, I think we took it personally," Paizs said.

Throughout, Centennial found holes in the Vikings' defense, and it didn't take long for the Eagles to take advantage.

Just seven minutes in, Paizs broke free along the left side and sent a ball back to the penalty spot, from which Kelly calmly slotted the ball into the open side of the goal.

About seven minutes later, sophomore midfielder Hayley Siegel fed a streaking Paizs - this time on the right side. Paizs sent the ball across the box to Kelley, who sidestepped Vikings goalie Courtney Zgraggen and scored to make it 2-0.

After tucking a breakaway shot inside the far post to make it 3-0, Paizs notched the fourth goal about five minutes before the half. She took a short corner and sent a rising, right-footed shot into the corner of the net.

Mount Hebron (2-1-1, 1-1), still trying to find ways to offset the graduation of Julie Napolitano, didn't have a shot until 25 minutes into the game. By then, it was 3-0.

"Playing a team like Centennial can expose a lot of your weaknesses," said Vikings coach Willie Ibarra, whose team avoided a shutout thanks to sophomore Cassie Krause's late second-half goal. "I wish we could play them every week because that is what it takes to win big games."

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