After halftime, Century senior midfielder Zach Keepers jogged to midfield and got in position.
It was time for Keepers, Century's face-off specialist, to fulfill his role, one he excels at no matter the opponent.
In Century's 11-8 win over North Carroll, Keepers won 17-of-23 face-offs. Keepers ensured the Knights would get more than enough time on attack.
It can be a thankless job, particularly on a wet, muddy field. Yet the persistent Keepers battled for every ground ball. He credited his coaches and midfield teammates for great communication necessary.
While Keepers is particularly adept at scooping his own face-offs, the ground balls need to be gathered by teammates as well.
"Whatever is best for the team," said Keepers, who had three assists off face-off wins that led to transition goals.
The Knights (8-4, 4-3 county) have a huge roster with 34 players listed. During Senior Night, coach Jeremy Benson found time for everyone. Junior attack Luke Seledee had a season-high three goals in the first quarter alone.
But with players shuttling in and out, Keepers was a mainstay on face-offs.
For good reason: Against undefeated county power Liberty, Keepers won 13-of-15 face-offs.
It was more of the same against North Carroll (3-10, 1-6). He flipped two third-quarter face-offs into his own stick, which led to quick goals.
"I'm always looking for opportunities in transition," Keepers said.
Century surged to a 10-3 lead after three quarters. But fourth quarter turnovers gave North Carroll opportunities. Panthers senior Connor Waskiewicz scored with 5 minutes remaining to cut Century's lead to just three.
But Century sophomore goalie Chris Yanchoris held strong late. He had 14 saves. In the game's final moments, he deflected away a Waskiewicz shot. He made sure the Knights did not lose another close game late. Century had lost its previous two games by just one goal each.