Centennial sophomore Ruthie Lucas scored two minutes and 23 seconds into the game to give the Eagles the only goal they would need to beat visiting Glenelg in a hard-fought game.
Lucas' winning goal came off a corner kick that was not cleared well by Glenelg's defense.
"I was waiting at the top of the box, waiting to get anything that came out. I saw my chance and took it, said Lucas about her second goal of the season.
Centennial boosts its standing in the race for the county championship. The Eagles are now 4-0-2 in the county — good for second place in the league — and 7-0-2 overall.
"We want to be in a position to play for the title with River Hill and Marriotts Ridge," said coach Steve Baxter about the importance of the win for Centennial.
Glenelg is now 4-2 in the county and overall. The Gladiators are fourth in the league.
In other games this evening, River Hill held off Reservoir, 1-0. "Tonight we absolutely played an incredible game against River Hill," said Reservoir coach Josh Sullivan, whose team has won only one game this fall. River Hill remains at the top of the county race with a perfect 6-0 record and a 7-2 overall mark.
Oakland Mills, Atholton, Mt. Hebron and Marriotts Ridge were also winners Monday.
Centennial put the first and only goal on the scoreboard but Glenelg gave the Eagles everything they could handle.
Glenelg had nine shots on goal and Centennial seven. Centennial keeper Kate Donegan had an outstanding second half, from beginning to end. Nine minutes into the second half, she saved a shot by Christina Kaminsky. And with about five minutes left in the contest, she deflected another shot from inside the box by Danielle Burris.
"It was more of a suicide dive," said Donegan, who has allowed only three goals this fall. "I dove blindly and I came up with the ball. I was fortunate."
Donegan said the Eagles were concerned about Burris and Amanda Lyons, who had eight goals, coming into the game. "I knew (Burris) is strong. I was a little wary but we shut her down. I'm very proud of my defense," said Donegan.
Glenelg's midfield dominated huge chunks of the game, and kept sending balls up to its offense. "They possessed the ball. They played pretty nice soccer," said Centennial defender Jordan Coburn. "But in the end, we had more close shots than they did.
"In the last 10 minutes we were very panicky" as the Eagles fought off Glenelg, she added. "Get it out and don't make any mistakes — that's what we were trying to do. It might have looked like kick ball, but it was what we had to do to win."
Nicki Mize, who has four goals, had a line-drive shot midway through the first half, but Glenelg keeper Brooke Carey handled it. Carey lost her footing on the slippery field on a shot by Anna Mitchell, with about a minute left in the first half, but Burris was in the right spot to reject the shot. Carey had seven saves.
Glenelg's Taylor Zucco said her team was at a disadvantage in the air. "We were not winning a lot of balls in the air. We weren't winning our balls, we weren't winning their balls. That hurt us," she said.
Glenelg's Casey Vantucci drove deep into the box with about five seconds left in the game. Glenelg fans wanted a penalty kick, but the official didn't agree.
"For sure it was a penalty kick," said Glenelg coach Dean Sheridan, "but we should have had four or five other chances because we dominated 72 of the 80 minutes."
Baxter felt his team outshot the visitors. But one thing he was sure of: Donegan had a great game.
"She made a very big play late in the game. To make a deflection like that on this (muddy, slippery) surface was awesome."
Sheridan said in the end the loss won't matter. "It's not a playoff game. It's not November," he said, reiterating what he tells his team every game, that its only the playoffs and a state title that are important.
But, he added, "I think this field was an equalizer. I would like to play them on a dry field."
Hawks add another win
Reservoir held the River Hill Hawks to one goal but that was enough to keep River Hill in the driver's seat in the league campaign.
The winning goal came about 78 minutes into the game as Reservoir tried to clear out from the back. Alex Hamer won a 50-50 ball near the midfield and "went on a fast break to the goal. The goalie (Megan Fowler) had no choice but to come out to defend and Alex put a low, shot past" the keeper to make it 1-0, said River Hill coach Brian Song.
"The game was back and forth and neither team could control the game," he added. "With the rain, the field did not recover from this past weekend's football game and it was tough field conditions," Song added.
"This was the first game that we played a full 80 minutes of soccer and we finally have everyone healthy," said Reservoir coach Josh Sullivan, whose team has struggled this fall after winning a state Class 3A title last year. "River Hill was very dangerous with their corner kicks and speed up top, but we did a great job winning balls and possessing the majority of the first and second half.
"The final 25 minutes of each half we really did a great job of creating opportunities. All that being said, we played the ball back to the sweeper and, after a few touches, misplayed the ball to their striker for a breakaway with 3:30 left and she finished," Sullivan said.
Sullivan said his team outshot River Hill, 13-5. "That's soccer for you."
After several injuries and "setbacks…we as a team had put our thoughts on being ready to play and ready for our best in October, which we are. Playing the best team in the league as well as we did is a huge silver lining for us right now," Sullivan said.
Marriotts Ridge posts shutout
Marriotts Ridge beat Long Reach, 3-0, on goals by Taylor Hensh, Nicole Grote and Morgan Crable.
Alexandra McKay and Alexis Zadjura has assists, and keeper Jenna Bergquist had five saves for Marriotts Ridge.
Courtney Glasser had 18 saves for Long Reach.
"She was impressive — very agile," said Marriotts Ridge coach Robin Grey. "She made some great saves tonight, particularly in the first half."
Overtime goes to Vikings
Mt. Hebron beat Howard, 1-0, in the first overtime period. Erica Staedeli played a through ball to Susie Halper who beat the last defender and the keeper for the game winner.
"It was a fantastic ball game," said Mt. Hebron coach Tim Deppen. "It was a pretty evenly matched first half, but we spent most of the second half on their half of the field trying to get the ball in the net. Unfortunately, we were still at 0-0" after 80 minutes.
Tahlia Tavai played well in goal, he added, and twin sisters and outside backs Lindsey and Jenna Keyser played aggressively. Halper, Jen Giles and Kelsey Folch also stood out, Deppen said.
Atholton edged Wilde Lake, 1-0.
Oakland Mills got goals from Jamie Twardowicz (assisted by Mary Grace Grandfield) and Melissa Goodman to beat Hammond, 2-0. Virginia Lampron and Marlee Slaughter had outstanding outings for the winners, said coach Christina Bleivik.
Erin Yarn had 10 saves for Oakland Mills. Julie Reed had 14 saves for Hammond.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun