Though Centennial’s Mike Moore said Tuesday’s loss against Howard “definitely stung," teams brimming with talent generally find a way to quickly rebound.
That was the case for the Eagles Thursday, when they traveled to Atholton with a chance to put that difficult defeat behind them.
“We knew today had to be about us,” said Centennial coach Nick Kellinger, whose team went on to defeat the Raiders in statement fashion, 13-1. “(Our mindset) was about correcting mistakes we made against Howard, and I think it showed.”
The usual suspects were solid for the visitors once again, as Moore (3), Quinn Western (3), John Kolp (2) and Andrew Gavlin (2) all found the back of the net multiple times throughout the afternoon.
Unlike their previous game earlier in the week against the Lions – when the Eagles could only muster two total goals in 48 minutes – Moore’s team got off to a fast start.
Embodying that run-and-gun style that his team often falls into, Western got the first goal of the day when he scooped up a ground ball, ran the length of the field and fired.
Within the first five minutes of the game, the Eagles (4-1) had put a three-goal lead on the board against the Raiders (2-3). Then, Moore struck for back-to-back scores to end the first quarter.
Atholton’s success on offense was limited to the opening eight minutes, when Chris Thomas connected with Neil Sen for the team’s lone score of the afternoon.
Centennial’s offensive explosion resulted in four goals in the second quarter, and another four in the second half.
“We wanted to get our confidence up,” Moore said. “We want to keep getting better every day.”
One thing that the sophomore attack praised his team for was moving the ball with such efficiency. Though the Eagles like to push the tempo on offense at times, Moore said he thought working from the midfield to set up the attack was important as well, as evidenced by the team’s six assisted goals.
Centennial was also able to get back to its lockdown defense as well. Including Thursday's victory, Eagle opponents have failed to score more than four goals in four of their five games.
“I am proud of the way we came together as a team,” Kellinger said. “It’s easy to point fingers and make excuses after a loss, but we were accountable for our mistakes and are committed to getting better.”
Centennial 13, Atholton 1
Goals: C – Quinn Western (3), Mike Moore (3), John Kolp (2), Andrew Gavlin (2) Noah Taylor, Dean Fachios, Justin Rottman; A – Neil Sen.
Assists: C – Chase Conley (2), Sam Clay (2), Western (2); WL – Chris Thomas.
Saves: C – Dan Pomeranz 7, Jayson Simpson 3; A – Andrew Seidel 8.
Half: 9-1, Eagles.