Paizs scores two for Centennial in 3-2 victory over Wilde Lake

No. 12 Eagles' late winner adds to big day for coach

Girls soccer

High Schools

October 08, 2003|By Sam Atkinson | Sam Atkinson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Centennial girls soccer coach Mike Senisi received a special 34th birthday present yesterday, but it didn't come without having to agonize a little on the sideline as his visiting Eagles edged Wilde Lake, 3-2

"It's the best present ever," said a relieved Senisi after the game. "We came to play today."

The 12th-ranked Eagles (7-1-1 overall, 3-0-1 Howard County) had only a handful of offensive opportunities in the second half, but junior Mandy Paizs made the best of them.

On her second goal, Paizs received a pass from Hayley Siegel on the far left side of the field before arcing in a 20-yard, game-winning goal over Wilde Lake goalie Bridget Holcomb (14 saves) with nine minutes left.

"Sometimes it only takes one that counts," said Senisi of the few scoring opportunities his team had in the second half.

Paizs' game-winner came only minutes after Wilde Lake (5-2, 5-2) had tied the game at 2 off a give-and-go from Ali McDonough (one goal, one assist) to Ashley Myrick.

The Wildecats dominated possession in the second half and even had six corner kicks, all of which went for naught thanks to a Centennial defense that played on its heels for the majority of the game.

Wilde Lake took a 1-0 first-half lead when Laine Angle sent in a high ball off a corner kick that McDonough was able to get a foot on with 14:52 to play before halftime.

"We didn't come to play," said Wilde Lake coach Dave Procida. "We were fortunate to be up 1-0. For some reason, the effort wasn't there. That's unusual."

Centennial bounced back minutes later as Danielle Rosanova finished off a fast break with Holcomb, ripping home a right-footed shot.

"It was a wake-up call," said Paizs. "Wilde Lake came out ready to play and we had to match it. Our intensity level wasn't quite there yet."

Paizs took it upon herself to get the team going, and her first goal, a dribbler into the left corner with less then two minutes before halftime, was a backbreaker.

"We had two breakdowns in the back that cost us," said Procida. "We've said from Day One that we cannot afford to give up soft goals. We have to make them earn it."

Centennial outshot Wilde Lake, 17-12, but it was the Wildecats that held a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.

"To catch them off guard and sneak one in was key because we went up 2-1," said Senisi.

"We were able to then be on the positive side of it and let them worry about scoring the next goal."

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