Centennial put forth the kind of all-around effort its coach Jim Zehe had been waiting for Tuesday.
The Eagles, up against defending county-champion Reservoir, capitalized on their chances offensively and played lockdown defense on the other end en route to a 4-0 victory on the road.
“We really utilized our formation … did a really good job of opening up space,” Zehe said. “We had a lot of possession, were able to get them moving and tire them out. Once it came finishing time, we had a little more gas in the tank and I think that’s how we get four goals up there.”
Centennial (2-0, 3-0) got on the board twice in the opening half, with Mike Ward starting things off with a goal midway through the period. Mark Colby provided the assist. Later, Ian Dwyer scored off a throw from Danny Mooney to make it 2-0.
It was still a two-goal game early in the second half when things were halted because of an injury to Centennial’s Colby. The senior midfielder was taken down by a hard tackle near the Eagles’ sideline and, after being treated by medical personnel for what appeared to be a broken bone in his leg, was taken away by ambulance.
When play finally resumed, Centennial picked up right where it left off. The Eagles got a transition goal from Heston Priestley with 18:51 left in regulation and then Mooney sealed the deal with a header off a free kick by Peter Vorel with 10 minutes left.
“What’s been nice is that we’ve been getting (goals) in different ways,” Zehe said. “We’ve had a forward score at least one in every game, a couple goals off of set plays … there hasn’t been that pressure on any one or two guys. So far, we’ve been able to have that first guy finish and then everyone else is able to relax and just play their game.”
Reservoir (1-1, 1-3) got 8 saves in net from Garrett Dearden, but struggled to generate too many quality chances of its own offensively in what turned out to be the team’s third straight loss. Centennial goalie Jackson Bicknell finished with six saves on his way to securing the shutout.
Centennial 4, Reservoir 0
Goals: C – Ward, Dwyer, Mooney, Priestley.
Assists: C – Colby, Mooney, Vorel.
Saves: C – Bicknell 6; Re – Dearden 8.
Half: 2-0 C.
Atholton 1, Howard 0
Zach Foster was in the right place at the right time for the Raiders, as the senior forward collected a rebound off a save by Howard goalie Jake Claunch and finished into the back of the net with eight minutes left in regulation.
Atholton sophomore forward Tariq Pitt-Bey was responsible for the initial 18-yard shot, which was set up by a cross from junior Christian Brosnan. Trevor Graham made nine saves in goal for the Raiders.
Goal: A – Foster.
Assist: A – Pitt-Bey.
Saves: A – Graham 9; Ho – N/A.