Wait over, Centennial wins, 2-0

Rival Wilde Lake defeated in Eagles' delayed opener

Girls soccer

High Schools

September 22, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

To whoever organized the girls soccer schedule in Howard County, Centennial says thank you.

Eleven months after being upset by Wilde Lake in a Class 3A East regional semifinal, the No. 3 and host Eagles opened the season with a convincing 2-0 victory over the Wildecats yesterday.

For Centennial, the outcome didn't make up for last year's loss, but it was still cathartic.

"It wasn't even something we had to talk about," said senior midfielder Hayley Siegel. "They ended our season. This was something we've been wanting to do, and it felt good to do it."

Added senior forward Mandy Paizs: "I guess it was ironic that we were playing each other after what happened last season. ... I think it added an extra incentive to go out there and prove that we are a good team."

The Eagles hadn't played a meaningful game since the season began on Sept. 3. A game with the Institute of Notre Dame on Sept. 8 was postponed by rain.

But if Centennial was supposed to be rusty, the team dispelled that theory in a hurry.

Just 2:02 into the game, Eagles junior midfielder Danielle Rosanova threw the ball toward the Wilde Lake goal.

The ball deflected off a scrum of bodies in front to Siegel, who trapped the ball down and booted it into the left side of the net to give Centennial a 1-0 lead.

The rest of the half was owned by the Eagles, who pressured the Wildecats' defense with five players up front and took 10 shots. Wilde Lake (2-2 overall, 0-1 in Howard County) took just one shot over that span.

"We want to attack," said senior defender Yasmine Pezeshkpour, who kept Wildecats All-County forward Ashley Myrick off the scoreboard. "We're confident and solid enough in the back that we can do that."

In the second half, Wilde Lake raised its game and started getting more opportunities on offense. The Wildecats took six shots and had two corner kicks.

But Centennial put an end to any comeback hopes with 21:51 left in the game. Senior forward Rosie Goldberg carried the ball down the middle of the zone before bunting the ball to her left to freshman forward Elsa Wu.

Wu slid the ball past Wilde Lake sophomore goalie Laura Pabst (11 saves) and inside the right post to complete the scoring.

Wildecats coach David Procida said he liked what he saw from his team except for Siegel's early goal.

"That changed the complexion of things," he said. "They could attack with reckless abandon, and they're already a good attacking team. That was trouble."

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