Century loses 1st, 1-0 in OT

Girls soccer

High Schools

October 02, 2002|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

If the Century girls soccer team was out to gain a measure of respect last night against fellow unbeaten Urbana, the host Knights quickly accomplished that, putting last year's Class 3A state finalist on the ropes for much of the first half.

In overtime, however, it was the Hawks who delivered the knockout blow.

Jenny Ruhe's goal from 10 yards out 4:07 into sudden death gave Urbana a 1-0 win, sending the Knights - who were 11-0-2 last season on JV in the school's first year of existence - to their first loss in program history.

"I think we played a great game tonight, holding them off and going into overtime," Century coach Vanessa Ozimek said. "That just shows what skill we have on our team."

That was most evident in the first 40 minutes, when the Knights outshot the Frederick County team, 5-2. Urbana (8-0, 3-0 Central Maryland Conference) entered the night having outscored opponents, 22-2.

Century (6-1, 3-1) stayed on the attack for the first 13 minutes, never letting the defending Class 3A, West region champion get within 40 yards of the goal. The Knights nearly took the lead with about two minutes left in the half, when Alicia Burkhart fed Lauren Schwarzmann on a give-and-go, but Schwarzmann's shot was partially blocked by goalie Jackie Chen, forcing the ball just wide.

"Our legs were tired, and we showed it the first half." said Urbana coach Nick Cappadora, adding that Century's narrower field affected his team's play. "We had to adjust to a field being 55 yards wide instead of 65 or 70, so that took our game off. We're used to playing wide, so we had to start playing more narrow and more direct."

In the second half, however, Urbana's experience took over, with the Hawks holding a 6-1 edge in shots. With neither team able to score, the game went into sudden-death overtime.

Century nearly came out victorious in the opening seconds, as Mandy Psenicska's direct kick sailed just high and Schwarzmann's shot from a severe angle was smothered by the goalie.

Just over four minutes in, however, it was Urbana that won it. After a throw-in, Kathleen Vistica headed the ball toward the middle, and Ruhe then fired a shot that beat goalie Chloe Nichols to her right.

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