Hughes, River Hill repeat in OT, 4-3

Argueta's goals in rally set stage vs. Centennial

Boys soccer

High Schools

October 12, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

For the second straight season, River Hill striker Justin Hughes scored the game-winning goal in overtime against the rival Centennial boys soccer team.

Hughes' breakaway goal in the ninth minute of sudden death gave the fourth-ranked Hawks a 4-3 victory over No. 2 Centennial yesterday at rain-drenched Angelo Fortunato Memorial Stadium in Ellicott City.

The win moved River Hill (8-1-1 overall, 5-1 league) into a first-play tie with the Eagles and Glenelg in the Howard County title race.

Hughes took a through ball from David Adams, found an open lane and ripped a shot off the goalkeeper and into the net.

"In this kind of weather, you just want to put your shot on the frame, because it's tough for any goalkeeper to handle," Hughes said.

But it was two second-half goals by substitute striker Victor Argueta that rallied the Hawks from a 3-1 halftime deficit and gave Hughes his chance for glory.

Argueta, a junior from El Salvador, has lived in the United States for only 10 months. He was pressed into action after the Hawks switched from two strikers to three.

Argueta scored his first goal in the 49th minute on a cross from Hughes, and then tied it at 3 in the 74th minute with a highly creative move in front of the goal that he finished with a hard left-footed shot off the hands of Centennial goalkeeper Andy Wilhelm.

"This was the most exciting game of my life, and it was the best goal of my life," said Argueta, who has scored six times for the Hawks despite limited playing time. "It was my first left-footed goal."

Neither team had played a game in a week, and had practiced just one day because the sniper terrorizing the Washington area forced the county to cancel after-school activities, but the game was fast-paced and physical.

"I'm glad we played," said Hawks coach Bill Stara. "The field drained better than I thought, and it was important to get back to normal. Victor came up big for us off the bench."

River Hill scored first in the eighth minute on a volley by Hughes off a header by Mo Hamzeh.

But Centennial (7-2-1, 5-1) then went on a 10-minute offensive burst. Randy Collins scored on a 30-yard kick in the 21st minute, Jacob Brim scored at the far post off a cross from Collins in the 30th minute and Greg Long scored from in front of the goal in the 31st minute.

"River Hill is the toughest team we have played," said Eagles coach Jim Zehe. "They are strong down the middle, and do a nice job of working you laterally. The weather made both teams more attack-minded. Our attack wore down at the end, and theirs didn't."

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