1 goal, 1 loss for Glenelg

Centennial cuts string of shutouts on Boleyn's goal for 1-0 win vs. No. 2

Girls soccer

High Schools

October 06, 2005|By GLENN P. GRAHAM | GLENN P. GRAHAM,SUN REPORTER]

It took quick feet, even quicker thinking and a poised finish from Centennial senior forward Lily Boleyn yesterday for the No. 2 Glenelg girls soccer team to finally surrender a goal this season.

Boleyn scored her fifth goal of the year with just under five minutes to play in the second half to lead the No. 8 Eagles to an impressive 1-0 win that not only handed the Gladiators their first loss in eight games this season, but also ended their string of seven shutouts. The Gladiators went more than 636 minutes without allowing a goal to start the season.

Centennial improved to 7-1-1 overall and 5-0-1 in Howard County. Glenelg (7-1) is now 5-1 in league play.

With both sides struggling to finish on the few scoring chances that came, it appeared the two would play to a draw for the third straight season.

Boleyn had another idea.

Getting to a through ball sent in by sophomore forward Alyssa Vorce just inside the box, Boleyn was able to sidestep Glenelg sophomore keeper Kerry Krammer, pushing the ball past her and then catching up to it and putting it in the empty goal on a tight angle on the right.

"We had some opportunities that we didn't finish on and I was kind of getting frustrated, but I think we put it together. Alyssa just saw me right through and I went and scored. I was like, `Please let me do this, please let me do this' - it was great," said Boleyn, who also has five assists this year.

After a quiet first half with tight marking and most of the play in the middle of the field, the visiting Eagles were able to create better scoring chances with more energy in the second half. Their reward was a big one coming late. A sturdy defensive effort led by junior Sara Cooper came first.

"We tied them the last two years - double overtime, no winners - and to come out here on their field and come up with one with 4:30 left is big," said Centennial coach Mike Senisi.

Glenelg junior midfielder Meghan Braun said the Gladiators didn't bring their best game.

"I know we didn't play as well as we could have, but I think - all in all - we were capable of winning it, so it's very disappointing," Braun said. "I don't know why it wasn't there today. It seemed almost like slow motion with nobody wanting to go after it."

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