Centennial hands Oakland Mills first loss

Down by 2 at halftime, Eagles post 5-2 victory

Boys soccer

High Schools

October 05, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Centennial got mad. Then it got even.

The Oakland Mills boys soccer team had beaten two previously undefeated teams this week, including No. 1-ranked River Hill. And the No. 12 Scorpions were well on their way to another win yesterday after taking a two-goal lead into halftime at Centennial.

Already beaten by Oakland Mills for their only loss earlier this season, the No. 13 Eagles retaliated with five unanswered goals in the second half in an emotional 5-2 victory.

"We've never played angry before, but we were in the second half," said Eagles forward Greg Long.

The Eagles, who had allowed just one goal in their past five games, were stunned when previously unbeaten Oakland Mills scored twice off long throw-ins in the 17th and 25th minutes. Saah Johnson headed in the first one off an Adam Magruder throw. Then, Brian Hamilton's throw went in off a Centennial player.

The second half was a different story.

The Eagles (7-1-1, 5-0 Howard County) exposed weaknesses on the left side of the Oakland Mills defense and dominated the Scorpions (7-1, 3-1) at midfield.

Long scored Centennial's first goal in the 46th minute on a centering pass from Randy Collins.

"Will [Pippen] and J.R. [Test] really controlled the midfield for us in the second half," said Long, playing his third game after recovering from an ankle injury. "It was easily the best we've ever worked together. Everyone went all out. We've never been down 2-0 before."

In the 54th minute, Pippen tied it at 2 on a kick off a pass from Collins.

"That's when I knew we were going to win it," said Collins, who had one goal and two assists and leads Centennial with eight goals and four assists. "I wasn't worried at halftime, because, even though we lost, I thought we had dominated our first game with them, and knew we just needed to play our game."

Amad Hady scored the game-winning goal in the 59th minute on a header off an assist by Sid Tarason.

Ryan Oates added an insurance goal in the 65th minute on a rebound shot after Long's shot ricocheted off Oakland Mills backup goalkeeper Mike Beare.

And Collins finished the scoring in the 69th minute on an assist from Pippen.

"All our players are healthy now, and that was huge because we were all able to play the positions we're most comfortable at," said Centennial coach Jim Zehe. "It didn't surprise me that we controlled the second half."

Oakland Mills goalkeeper Dan Rogers made several sensational saves, including breaking up a one-on-one by Collins by coming out and smothering his shot in the 12th minute.

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