Surrendering the game's first goal on a big rival's home field can cause some teams to panic.
For the Century girls soccer team, which was visiting Carroll County foe Westminster on Tuesday, it meant digging in.
The Knights' response to the early deficit was two goals 10 minutes apart starting midway in the first half, giving them the necessary push to come away with a 4-2 upset of the No. 11 Owls.
Forward Jaci Buteau provided much of the offense, tying the score and adding her second goal and an assist for the Knights (8-2-2, 5-0-1 Carroll).
After Westminster (6-2-1, 3-1-1) took the early lead with a goal from Olivia Pettingill in the 16th minute, Buteau and the Knights quickly went to work. Erin Copper sent a ball across to Buteau, who one-timed a shot from 18 yards that found the near post on the left side to tie the game in the 19th minute. With just under 10 minutes to play in the first half, the Knights took the lead for good when Cooper just beat Westminster goalie Alayna Morris (five saves) and finished off a left-footed chance dealing with a difficult angle from eight yards.
"I'm very proud of our girls today. It's hard to come back after getting a goal scored on you, but we just raised our level and continued to raise the momentum," Century coach Sara Figuly said.
Century added to its lead when Keri Mathias finished a corner kick sent in by Buteau with 13 minutes to play. It proved important after the Owls closed to within 3-2 when Jenny Gavigan finished off a penalty kick. With the Owls pressing for the tying goal, the Knights put the game away with Buteau's second of the game moments later.
No. 13 Marriotts Ridge 2, Mount Hebron 0: Morgan Crable scored two goals for the host Mustangs (8-2-1).
Loch Raven 2, No. 14 Mercy 1: Chelsea Hunt assisted on both goals as the host Raiders (5-4-1) upset the Magic (8-7).
No. 1 McDonogh 3, No. 7 Calvert Hall 1: The host Eagles (8-0-1) tied the game at 1 10 seconds into the second half and eventually pulled away.
The Calvert Hall goal is only the second the McDonogh defense has allowed this season.
No. 2 Archbishop Curley 2, John Carroll 1, OT: Casey Bechtel scored the game-winner off a corner kick three minutes into overtime to lift the host Friars (8-2) over the Patriots.
No. 3 Marriotts Ridge 3, Mount Hebron 1: Nick Applegate had a goal and two assists to power the visiting Mustangs (9-0) past the Vikings.
No. 4 Gilman 3, No. 6 Loyola 3: Jeremy DeGraffenreidt had a hat trick as the host Dons (7-4-1) played the Greyhounds (9-2-2) to a draw.
Chesapeake-AA 2, Old Mill 1: Matt Hudgins made three saves and assisted on a goal for the host Cougars (6-3-1).
No. 5 Severna Park 3, Broadneck 0: Kyle Albach scored twice to lead the host Falcons (11-0) past the Bruins.
No. 13 North Harford 1, Havre de Grace 0: Kevin Thompson scored the only goal three minutes into the game for the visiting Hawks (11-0-1).
No. 15 Patterson Mill 2, Aberdeen 0: Connor Neumann had a goal and an assist to lead the host Huskies (8-2-2).
No. 7 Severna Park 2, No. 5 Broadneck 0: Marissa Balleza scored both goals as the visiting Falcons (8-2) upset the Bruins (9-3).
Marriotts Ridge 2, No. 9 River Hill 1, OT: Nicole Leaf scored the game-winner 11/2 minutes into the overtime as the Mustangs (8-4) upset the Hawks (10-2).
No. 10 Archbishop Spalding 2, Roland Park 1: Erin Shanahan had a goal and an assist for the visiting Cavaliers (10-4).
No. 13 Mount Hebron 5, Long Reach 0: Haley Sutton had three goals and Tianna Wallpher had two for the host Vikings (10-2).
No. 1 Arundel d. Glen Burnie, 3-0: Sistsrs Brittany and Allie Orr led the way for the host Wildcats (9-0). Brittany had 19 assists, Allie had six kills and Ashley Felton added four kills for Arundel, which won, 25-9, 25-17, 25-13.
No. 2 Centennial d. River Hill, 3-2: The visiting Eagles (8-0) beat the Hawks (5-3) in five sets, 20-25, 25-21, 25-21, 23-25, 15-13). Centennial had won 21 consecutive sets this season.
Mount Hebron d. No. 7 Glenelg, 3-2: The Vikings (7-2) relied on the outside hitting of Ravyn Richardson and Emme Petti to upset the Gladiators (9-2), 25-13, 25-27, 22-25, 25-21, 15-13.
No. 15 Archbishop Spalding d. Covenant Christian, 3-0: Kristen Seeba went 16-for-16 serving and Holly McDonnell had seven kills for the host Cavaliers (8-4). Spalding won, 25-7, 25-13, 25-14.
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