Pippen-led Centennial ties Glenelg

Sophomore gives Eagles lift against No. 6 team

Girls soccer

High Schools

October 06, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The last time the Centennial girls soccer team found itself with a deficit, the Eagles ended up with a costly loss to River Hill.

Brittany Pippen made sure that didn't happen against Glenelg.

The sophomore midfielder scored a goal with five minutes left in the second half as host and No. 7 Centennial earned a 1-1, double-overtime tie against the No. 6 Gladiators in Ellicott City yesterday.

Pippen, who saw significant playing time because of injuries to four starters, took advantage of her opportunity.

Junior midfielder Danielle Rosanova threw the ball in from the right sideline and it sailed over a crowd of players in front of Glenelg senior goalkeeper Erin Wojcik (eight saves), Pippen trapped the ball and lifted it into the top left corner of the net.

The goal kept the Eagles (3-1-1 overall and in Howard County) just one county loss behind the league-leading Gladiators (6-2-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the county).

"I think we knew we had it in us to go out and play hard," Pippen said. "It feels good because, with a bunch of starters out, everyone played as best as they could."

Centennial, which played without junior midfielder Brittany Kelley (hip) and sophomore defender Sara Cooper (ankle), also lost senior forwards Rosie Goldberg (ankle) and Mandy Paizs (back) in the second half.

Glenelg, which has never captured a county title, scored just 1:25 into the first half.

Sophomore forward Amanda Feaga pounced on an Eagles turnover in the defensive zone and blasted a left-footed shot past junior goalkeeper Caitlin Burr (five saves) inside the right post.

No. 10 River Hill 1, Wilde Lake 0: Senior Whitney Rhodes, who moved from her usual sweeper role to the forward line, scored with eight minutes left in the game to give the visiting Hawks (6-3 overall, 3-2 in Howard County) the victory in Columbia.

Wilde Lake dropped to 4-4 and 2-2.

No. 15 Reservoir 1, Atholton 0: Sophomore forward Chelsey Godbout scored with 15 minutes left in the game to pace the host Gators (6-1 overall, 4-1 in Howard County) to the victory over the Raiders (4-3, 2-2).

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